Dr. Shelmith Mwaniki Waruguru is a Principal Research Officer working for Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) based at National Agricultural Research Laboratories, Kabete. A Borlaug LEAP Fellowship, awarded to her in 2007. supported her Master's studies on identification of entomopathogenic nematodes, which are biological control agents for arthropod pests. The studies were carried out in the University of Florida USA under the mentorship of Khuong Nguyen, a world-renowned scientist in nematode taxonomy and at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Uganda under Danny Coyne a nematologist. Dr. Waruguru is currently a member of the Kenya Professional Women in Agriculture (KEPAWAE), the Kenyan Entomological society and Beracha, a women's investment group where she is the secretary. She hopes to continue her work with women, using the skills she learned as a Borlaug LEAP fellow to both guide and instruct them.
Dr. Waruguru went on to receive her PhD from the University of Nairobi and has contributed widely in the science of entomopathogens. She contributed in the regional strategy meeting of International Potato Center (CIP), participated in identification of major arthropod pests of East African crops for reference, supervised students on master studies and those on attachment in the department and lectures to visiting groups who had been drawn from the country and abroad. She has continued to identify pest problems for clients and given management recommendations.