Karani Magutah is a senior lecturer in Medical Physiology in the School of Medicine at Moi University. He is both a Medical Physiologist and a public health specialist (Epidemiology and Disease control). He holds an MSc and also a PhD in Medical Physiology both from University of Nairobi, and an MPH and also a BSN both from Moi University. He is a CARTA (Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa) scholar, a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (English: German Academic Exchange Service)) alumni and also an alumni of the Policy Advocacy and Communication Enhancement (PACE). He is currently a post doctorate fellow at the University of Auckland. Before joining moi university as a graduate assistant in 2007, he had a 3.5 year stint working at the reproductive health department of the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) as the nurse manager.
Karani has particular interest in experimental research relating effects of different exercise (and physical activity) regimes, intensities and bouts to the modulation of cardio-respiratory fitness markers associated with lifestyle diseases. His main focus has been the metabolic syndrome areas of prehypertension, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and elevated blood glucose, and how development of more appealing approaches to exercise and physical activity participation can help today’s populace overcome the recently observed increasing burden of lifestyle-related, non-communicable diseases.
Karani sits for the MU/MTRH research ethics committee and has reviewed hundreds of research articles over the years. He is also a member of the Bioethics Society of Kenya. Outside teaching and research, he has often consulted in various curricula development such as in policy communication, responsible conduct of research and CARTA curricula to name a few. He reviews journal articles for a number of journals and publishers.
He is himself a holder of a few research and academic awards (see CV).
Other than involvement in academic works, Karani is a staunch sports enthusiast and himself a non-professional runner who does between 150 and 200 kms of running monthly (between 13 and 22 kms per run), at speeds of 11 to 13km/hr. He spends significant amount of his free time playing board and table games and loves training young children and youths how to play chess, scrabble and table tennis. He has massive interest in farming and landscaping and has personally planted over 10,000 trees in his life.
Karani is married to one wife and has a daughter and a son.