Dr. Samuel Imathiu

Address:                                 P.O. BOX 62000-00200, Nairobi.
Telephone:                              067-587000/1
Office Extension number:    1965
Email:                                         samuel.imathiu@jkuat.ac.ke



University Education


Institution Achievement Subject
2017 University of Cape Town Postgraduate Diploma Educational Technology
2005-2008 Harper Adams University PhD Plant pathology/Food safety
2003-2004 University of Strathclyde MSc Food science and microbiology
1997-2001 University of Nairobi BSc Food Science and Technology


Functions/Responsibilities/Positions Held

Currently, he serves as the Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology and the Chairman of the Department’s Board of Examiners. He is also a senior lecturer in the same department and trains students in the Food Science and Technology and Nutraceutical Science and Technology programs.

Research and Teaching Areas/Interests

  1. Food safety
  2. Food fermentation
  3. Food security

Research Publications

  1. Imathiu, S., 2020. Benefits and food safety concerns associated with consumption of edible insects. NFS Journal, 18, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nfs.2019.11.002
  2. Edwards, G.E., Imathiu, S.M., Ray, R., Back, M. and Hare, M., 2012. Molecular studies to identify the Fusarium species responsible for HT-2 and T-2 mycotoxins in UK oats. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 156, 168-175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2012.03.020
  3. Imathiu, S.M., Edwards, S.E., Ray, R. and Back, M., 2012. Fusarium langsethiae –  a HT-2 and T-2 toxins producer that needs more attention. Journal of Phytopathology, 161, 1–10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jph.12036
  4. Nyangena, D.N., Kinyuru, J. and Imathiu, S., 2020. Climate change: a natural streamliner towards entomophagy? International Journal of Tropical Insect Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-020-00292-8
  5. Nyangena, S., Owino, W.O., Ambuko, J. and Imathiu, S., 2020. Moisture sorption properties of two varieties of dehydrated mango slices as determined by gravimetric method using Guggenheim–Anderson–de Boer model. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfpp.15041
  6. Mwove, J., Imathiu, S., Orina, I. and Karanja, P., 2020. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science Journal. http://dx.doi.org/10.12944/CRNFSJ.8.3.26
  7. Nyangena, D.N., Mutungi, C., Imathiu, S., Kinyuru, J., Affognon, H., Ekesi, S., Nakimbugwe, D. and Fiaboe, K.K.M., 2020. Effects of traditional processing techniques on the nutritional and microbiological quality of four edible insect species used for food and feed in East Africa. Foods, 9, 574. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9050574.
  8. Ng’ang’a, J., Mutungi, C., Imathiu, S. and Affognon, H., 2016. Effect of triple-layer hermetic bagging on mould infection and aflatoxin contamination of maize during multi-month on-farm storage in Kenya. Journal of Stored Products Research, 69, 119-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jspr.2016.07.005
  9. Imathiu, S.M., Ray, R., Back, M., Hare, C. and Edwards, S., 2016. In vitro growth characteristics of Fusarium langsethiae isolates recovered from oats and wheat grain in the UK. Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica, 51, 159-169. https://doi.org/10.1556/038.51.2016.2.1
  10. Imathiu, S., 2017. Street vended foods: Potential for improving food and nutrition security or a risk factor for foodborne diseases in developing countries? Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science, 5, 55-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.12944/CRNFSJ.5.2.02


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