Nillian’s doctoral study was based on the evaluation of traditional medicines used in Kenya for the management of malaria. She identified the pharmacological basis of the use of these medicines and identified their active antimalarial compounds using spectroscopic methods. She worked at a Hitachi laboratory in Japan where she acquired expertise in various techniques for detection, isolation, characterization of plant compounds, and testing for biological activities. She also practiced as a hospital Pharmacist for 3 years before proceeding to postgraduate studies. Thereafter I joined the University of Nairobi as an assistant lecturer and was later promoted to the current position of Lecturer since 2014. She has a first degree in Pharmacy (BPharm) and an MSc. in Pharmacognosy and Complementary Medicine. Her interests are in drug discovery form natural sources.