Elvin M. Walemba

Elvin M. Walemba

PhD Biology

Position: Dean, Lecturer
Office: SB 105
Extension: 1301


Building on an academic interdisciplinary background in the Biological Sciences, I have and continue to develop skills towards expertise in the use of nanotechnology in microbial infection management through the development of materials for use in medicine and dentistry.


2019                PhD in Biology – Loma Linda University, USA
2010                Postgraduate Certificate in Virology – Liverpool John Moores University, UK
2008                Professional Development Diploma, Management Studies – Stratford Business College, UK
2003                Masters by Research in Health Studies – University of Luton, UK
2000                BSc. Zoology – University of Eastern Africa Baraton, Kenya

Academic Positions

2018 to date   Dean, Faculty of Science – Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand
2008 – 2013    Instructor, Faculty of Science – Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand
2006 – 2008    Operations Manager – London College of Professional Studies, UK
2004 – 2008    Course Leader/Instructor – London College of Professional Studies, UK

Research Interests

While communicable disease prevalence rates have generally decreased worldwide, communicable diseases still account for over 60 percent across many countries especially countries with low incomes. However, communicable diseases or infections are still a problem in high-income countries due to reducing efficacy of antibiotics. Novel methods of treating bacterial and viral infections are needed. I have a general interest in infection control with specific focus in the use of nanotechnology in the management of infection and how this affects hemostasis. I have been involved in nanoparticle research to develop hemocompatible antibiotic nanoparticles, diagnostic nanoparticles, and dental materials with nanoparticles.

Research Area(s)

Antimicrobial development


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Megan S. Holden, Jason Black, Ainsely Lewis, Marie-Claire Boutrin, Elvin Walemba, Theodore S. Sabir, Danilo Boskovic, A. Wilson Aruni, Hansel M. Fletcher, and Christopher C. Perry. “Antibacterial Activity of Partially Oxidized Ag/Au Nanoparticles against the Oral Pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis W83,” Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2016, Article ID 9605906, 11 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/9605906


Kwon, S.R., Wang, M., Chi, C., Walemba, E.M., Oyoyo, U., Perry, C., Li, Y. Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles and Nanofibers used alone or with UV-Light Activation. 96th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). July 25-28, 2018, London, UK.

Walsh, J., Merlos, S., Walemba, E.M., Perry, C., and Kwon S.R. Tooth Stain Penetration Simulated with Gold Nano-Technology. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, November 1-4, 2017. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona.

Teaching Activities

I started my teaching career as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate students at the University of Eastern Africa Baraton where I realized my passion for teaching and research. I have since taught in the UK as an instructor for students in health and social care program, in the US as a teaching assistant for Medical Microbiology for medical students and at Asia-Pacific International University in the undergraduate Biology program. My main areas of teaching are in cell and molecular biology and microbiology.

Professional Memberships

2016 to date   American Society of Hematology
2015 to date   Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society


Co-Awardee: “Characterization of microbial contamination in water vending machines of Eastern Coachella Valley.” Total award $13,182.  Metropolitan Water District.
The Rickman Award for Excellence in Academic Writing, Loma Linda University, 2016, 2019