Dr. Patrick Berka Njobeh


PB Njobeh is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology and heads the Mycotoxin Unit of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, with 17 Postgraduates (PGs) and postdoctoral fellow under his supervision. His research falls within the area of food safety with emphasis on mycotoxins and fungi. He has established research collaborations with institutions nationally and internationally and is part of the MYTOX_SOUTH consortium, a partnership to improve food security & safety through mitigation of mycotoxins at global level with Ghent University, Belgium as leading partner. He is equally part of the iZindaba Zokudla, a multi-stakeholder program hosted at UJ aimed at creating opportunities for urban agriculture in a sustainable food system and engaging with communities in South Africa.

He works as consultant/expert for the African Union Inter-Bureau on Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)/African Union's projects on food safety. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the WHO-African Center of Excellence in Mycotoxins and Food Safety hosted at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria. He is a member of the Joint (FAO/WHO) Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) saddled with the responsibility of delivering scientific advice for the establishment of global food safety standards of Codex Alimentarius amongst others.

A reviewer of over 14 scientific journals; National Research Foundation (NRF); Medical Research Council of South Africa and Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium; and acts as editorial board member of Mycotoxin Research. An external examiner of theses and dissertations for other universities. Has received some local and international grants i.e. LEAP-Agri funding (2018-2010), FP7 Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES–316067 of EU) (2012-2015), NRF Thuthuka funding (2014–2016 and 2017-2019), NRF and MRC grants for conference organization (2016) and the UJ emerging researcher (2015-2017), NRF National Equipment Programme (NEP) Grant (2016) and NRF Research and Technology (RTF) (2017) Grant.

He has more than 110 publications as book chapters, journal articles and conference papers. He is a reviewer for many journals and funding bodies, with a Google Scholar H-index of 17 and 954 citations and Scopus H-index of 14 with 612 citations. Prof Njobeh is a C2 NRF-Rated researcher. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and Tel: +27 (11) 559 6803.