Dr. Athanasia O. Matemu


Dr. Matemu is a senior lecturer in the Department of Food Biotechnology and Nutritional Sciences at NM-AIST. With more than 8 years of research experience, Dr. Matemu has been involved in multidisciplinary research and outreach activities. Her research background is in food biotechnology.

Dr. Matemu’s research interest lie in the areas of postharvest losses handling, ignored indigenous food resources (e.g., wild legumes, edible/inedible wild mushrooms, fruits and vegetables, edible insects), functional foods and food safety. Specifically, she is interested in exploitation of underutilized/underexploited food resources.

Dr. Matemu has published over 25 papers in international peer reviewed journals. She is also an instructor for different subjects under the field of food science and biotechnology. She is also supervising a number postgraduate students.

Academic and Professional Qualifications 2014 – 2015: Post doc fellow; University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2008 – 2011: PhD in Agricultural Sciences (Functional Foods), Shinshu University, Japan. 2006 – 2008: MSc in Agriculture (Food Biosciences and Biotechnology), Shinshu University, Japan. 2000 - 2004: BSc in Food Science and Technology (FST), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania.