Dr Moses K Langat

Research Leader


Trait Diversity and Function


Biological Chemistry


Identification of useful biochemicals from plants and fungi for pharmaceuticals, agricultural, cosmetics and other applications

My research focuses on the identification of biochemicals from plants and fungi, establishing their structures, and the development of the biochemicals to commercially valuable products for pharmaceuticals, agricultural, cosmetics and other applications. The work are funded by Innovate UK, and previously funded by Kew, AMS GCRF and RSC. Amongst others, I am currently working (i) to develop plant-based formulations and environmentally benign extraction procedures for pyrethrum and reinvigorate the pyrethrum sector in Kenya, (ii) optimising effective uses for by-products from Croton megalocarpus seed oil extraction in East Africa, and (iii) understanding the chemicals of the Croton and Vepris genera, and their uses. 

  • GCLT, University of Surrey, UK, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Surrey, 2009-2012
  • Visiting Fellow, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, North Carolina, US, 2011
  • PhD, University of Surrey, UK, 2009
  • Visiting Fellow, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2005  
  • MSc, Egerton University, Kenya, 2005
  • BEd (Sci), Egerton University, Kenya, 2002
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Surrey, UK (Dr Moses Langat | University of Surrey
  • Examiner for the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 
  • Examiner for the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa  
  • Examiner for the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa 
  • Supervisor for Research students at the University of Surrey (UK), Kingston University (UK), Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa), University of Nairobi (Kenya), Egerton University (Kenya) & University of Douala (Cameroon) 
  • Editorial Board, Scientific African 

Morrison, I.J., Zhang, J., Lin, J., Murray, J. E., Porter, R., Langat, M.K. et al. (2021).

Potential chemopreventive, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties of a refined artocarpin-rich wood extract of Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.

Scientific Reports 11: 1-10.

Langat, M.K., Dlova, N.C.,  Mulcahy-Ryan, L.E. et al. (2021) 

The effect of isolates from Cassipourea flanaganii (Schinz) alston, a plant used as a skin lightning agent, on melanin production and tyrosinase inhibition.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 264: 113272

Koch, H., Woodward, J., Langat, M.K., Brown, M.J.K & Stevenson, P.C., (2019). 

Flagellum removal by a nectar metabolite inhibits infectivity of a bumblebee parasite.

Current Biology 29: 3494-3500.

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