Dr. Kirtika is a Senior lecturer and Chair of Department of Pathology at the School of Medicine, College of Heath Sciences. She earned her PhD from Moi University in 2009. She is involved in teaching, supervising and examining Immunology to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the various departments in School of Medicine, Dentistry, Public health and Nursing. The department of Immunology boast a MSc Immunology programme which is one of its own kind in the region attracting international students. Senate recently approved PhD in Immunology curriculum that she initiated and has attached national and international students. She has joined as a faculty for teaching in the Clinical Pastoral Education programme at Moi University. She is also involved in teaching the HND Oncology programme at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH).
Dr. Patel is one of the two Allergist in the country and recently (2018) achieved a Masters degree in Allergy and Clinical Immunology from Imperial college London UK. She is a member of Kenya Society of Immunology and the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. During the COVID-19 pandemic she had initiated the COVID-19 lecture update series for the school of medicine where experts from all over the world participated in updating the faculty.
Dr. Patel has supervised 20master’s students and 4 PhD students. She has 58 publications in refereed national and international journals. She has attended and had oral presentation and poster presentations at various national and international conferences.
Dr. Patel is the patron for Beyond Science Initiative Moi University chapter that comprises of students and scholars that provides platform for outreach initiative that are social and scholarly in nature. She is also a board member in the education committee at the Sri Santana Dharma Sabha Hindu Temple and is in the COVID-19 task force in the community. She is a member of Lions Club of Eldoret that has a mandate to serve the community around.