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Prof. Michael N.I. Lokuruka

Prof. Michael N.I. Lokuruka, Ph.D., EBS, MKIFST, AMKNDI

Director, Research, Innovation and Extension

Prof. Lokuruka is an Associate Professor of Food Science in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology. He holds a Ph.D. Food Science (Cornell University, USA), a M.Sc. Food Science (University of Reading, UK), a postgraduate Diploma in Fishing and Fish Processing Technology (University of Trondheim, Norway), a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Technology (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) and a B.Sc. Food Science and Technology (University of Nairobi, Kenya).  Management.

Prof. Michael N.I. Lokuruka

He worked in the Food Industry for over 10 years with 2 of those in the Canadian Food Industry. He has taught and done research cumulatively at Egerton, Reading, Cornell and Karatina Universities for over 31 years. His areas of research interest include: Food/Fish Quality Assurance and Toxicology; Food Quality Systems; Food Culture and Nutrition; Food Safety; Food and Nutrition Security; Food Law and Standards; Postharvest Systems Management and Food Industry. He has published 43 peer-reviewed academic works including 2 books and 2 book chapters in Food Science. He is a past Commissioner at the Public Service Commission of Kenya, a Board Member at the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) and the Kenya School of Government among others. He is a current Academic Editor for the European Journal of Food Safety and Nutrition, the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences Research, a dedicated Technical Reviewer for the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) since 2009 and an Editorial Board Member of AJFAND since 2015. Prof. Lokuruka is a Professional Member, Trustee and a former Honorary Secretary of the Kenya Institute of Food Science and Technology (KIFST) and a current Associate Member of the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute (KNDI). 

Ongoing Projects

  1. The Contribution of Gender and Income to Food and Nutrition Insecurity among Students of Karatina University
  2. Affordability as the Major Factor Influencing Food and Nutrition Security for Karatina University Students
  3. Assessment of the Microbiological Safety of Street-vended Foods in a University town (Gitunduti), Mathira East sub-County, Nyeri County