Dr. John Gitua

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office Location: 216 Cline Hall
515-271-3760
john.gitua@drake.edu

John Gitua grew up in Kenya and earned his undergraduate and master degrees at the Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya. He then received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the State University of New York at Binghamton in the laboratory of Professor John J. Eisch before joining the Drake faculty in 2005.

He routinely teaches organic chemistry and has also contributed to the GCPH concentration (Global and Comparative Public Health) by teaching Food and Health class in addition to the First Year Seminar (FYS) Program.

He is the Director of Drake Undergraduate Science Collaborative Institute (DUSCI). The institute brings together Science and Math students, faculty and other scientists from across disciplines for inquiry, collaboration, connection and discovery.

His research focuses on a variety of studies on the synthesis and reaction mechanisms in both organic synthesis and organometallic chemistry. He is also interested in the study of malaria and anti-malarial drug’s efficacy towards treatment of malaria disease.

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April 27, 2017
When Drake senior Reed Fischer crossed the finish line at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on Thursday, he broke a school record that has stood since long before Drake’s famed Blue Oval was blue.
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