Dr Muthulisi Siwela (Acting Head of Discipline)


Senior Lecturer


BSc (Hons) (NUST), MSc

PhD (Pretoria)

PGDip Mgnt (UKZN)

Office Block:

Room B7A

Rabie Saunders Building

Agriculture Campus







+27 (0) 33 260 5459


+27 (0) 33 260 5818





Biographical sketch

Dr Muthulisi Siwela is a Food Scientist by training.  He also has training in general management and programme/project management, with a special focus on agricultural value chains.

Academic Profile

Dr Muthulisi Siwela has served as university Lecturer for more than 15 years. Currently, he lectures Food Science; Postharvest Technologies, Storage and Preservation of Food.
He has been involved in the successful supervision of more than 20 Masters and seven (7) PhD students in several agricultural fields, including Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Security. He has examined several MSc dissertations and a couple of PhD theses.
He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-investigator in several research projects, some of which were consultancy work in agricultural value chains commissioned by national and international organizations. Dr Siwela has authored and co-authored more than 50 scientific reports, including more than 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and a book chapter. He is a member of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) and is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Pr. Nat. Sci.), South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP). He is C-rated Researcher, National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa.

Professional Activities

He is actively involved in the professional activities of SAAFoST and SACNASP.

Community Activities

He is involved in a research-led community engagement with a focus on small-scale farmer value chains to improve Food and Nutrition Security.

Current Teaching / Courses

Food Science; Postharvest Technologies, Storage and Preservation of Food for Food Security

Research Interests / Areas of Specialty

His specialized research is in the area of Cereal Science and Technology, but he uses his Food Science expertise to research broadly in the food value chain, focus areas include new food product development using locally available plant materials, particularly the under-under-utilized cereal and legume grains, to contribute to food and nutrition security, food safety and health. 

Research Projects

Provitamin A-biofortified maize to address vitamin A deficiency; Bambara Groundnut for alleviation of protein-energy malnutrition and health beneficial effects.

Bioprospecting nutritional and functional properties of selected edible indigenous and traditional Southern African plants.

Academic Service

Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition Academic Coordinator (2010-2012); current Acting Head of the Discipline of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.

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