Dr. Mary Omwamba

Dr. Mary Omwamba

r. Mary Omwamba, Ph.D

Lecturer

Department of Dairy and Food Science Technology

Faculty of Agriculture

P.O. Box 536-20115

Egerton, Kenya.

Mobile: +254 71 1633247

Email: marynyambeki@yahoo.com

EDUCATION

Year Degree Institution
2010 PhD Food Science Nanjing Agricultural University, China
2005 MSc Food Science and Technology Egerton university, Kenya
1996 BSc. Dairy Science and Technology Egerton university, Kenya
1989 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Nakuru Day Secondary School, Nakuru

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Dates/Year Title of Certificate Institution Awarding
May 2013-April 2014 Post-doctoral research fellowship Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
04-06 Sept 2013 The possibilities with soy Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
03-18 June 2010 Soybean processing Cochran Fellowship program, Washington DC, USA
06-11 June 2010 Processing and marketing of soybean for the meat industry University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA
22 – 24 Nov 2006 Food safety management systems Kenya Bureau of Standards
Jan 23 – 13 Feb 2001 Food management Hebrews University of Jerusalem, Israel
09 – 13 Sept 1996 Laboratory testing Kenya Bureau of Standards

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Food chemistry, Food Analysis, Product Development, Food Processing, Functional foods in promoting human health.

WORK EXPERIENCE

March 2010- Present Lecturer, Dept. of Dairy and Food Science and Technology
2006 – Feb 2010 Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Dairy and Food Science and Technology
1996-2005 Senior Technician, Dept. of Dairy and Food Science and Technology
1996-1996 Quality Control Manager, Meru Central Farmers Cooperative Society
1995-1996 Quality Control Supervisor, Tuzo dairies

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

Project period Research Topic
September 2010- August 2011 US$ 11,602. Texturized Soy Proteins (TSP) Incorporation in Meals served at the Egerton University Students CafeteriaFunded by the National Soy Research Laboratory (NSRL), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (Collaborating researcher)

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1 Omwamba, M and Mahungu, SM (2014).Development of a protein rich ready-to-eat extruded snack from a composite blend of rice, sorghum and soybean. Food and Nutrition Sciences. (Accepted – In Press). Vol. 5 No. 14
2 Omwamba, M., Mahungu, SM and Faraj, AK. (2014). Effect of texturized soy protein on quality characteristics of beef samosas. International Journal of Food Studies. Vol 3 No. 1, pp 74-81.
3 Omwamba, M., Li, F., Sun, G and Hu, Q. (2013) Antioxidant effect of roasted barley grain extract towards oxidative stress in vitro and in vivoFood and Nutrition Sciences. Vol. 4 No. 8A pp 139-146
4 Omwamba, MN., Artz WE and Mahungu SM. Oxidation products and metabolic processes in “Frying of Foods – Oxidation, Nutrient and Non Nutrient Antioxidants, Biologically Active Compounds, and High Temperature”. 2nd Edition. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 2011, pp 23-47
5 Omwamba M and Qiuhui H. (2010). Antioxidant activity in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) grains roasted in a microwave oven under conditions optimized using response surface methodology. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 75 pp 66-73.
6 Omwamba, M and Qiuhui, H. (2009).Antioxidant capacity and antioxidative compounds in barley (Hordeum vulgare L) grain optimized using response surface methodology in hot air roasting. European Food Research and Technology. Vol. 229 pp 907-914.
7 Omwamba, M., Nanua JN and Shalo PL. (2007). Utilization of orange-fleshed sweet potato flour in development of a suitable flour blend for complementary infant food. Egerton Journal of Science and Technology. 7 No.1, pp 1-13

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL / SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATIONS

Membership Category Organization
Member Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member South African Association of Food Technologists (SAAFoST), South Africa
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