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/Dr. Desmond Tichaona Mugadza
Dr. Desmond Tichaona Mugadza

Position: Chairperson

Qualifications

  • PhD Food Science (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • MSc Food Science and Nutrition (MSU, Zimbabwe)
  • BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition (MSU, Zimbabwe)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (MSU, Zimbabwe)
  • Certificate in Food Safety, Quality Assurance Systems and Risk Analysis, (Ghent University, Belgium)
  • Certificate in Food Safety Certification Scheme – Auditing of FSSC 22000 (SABS, South Africa)
  • Certificate in Food Safety Certification Scheme – Implementation of FSSC 22000 (SABS, South Africa)
  • Certificate in Quality Management System – QMS 9001:2008 Internal Auditing (SAZ, Zimbabwe)

Research Interests

  • Food Safety, Risk Analysis & Microbiology
  • Water, Sanitaion and Hygiene (WaSH)
  • Quality and Food Safety Management Systems
  • Dairy Sciences
  • Food security and food waste
  • New Food Product Development & value addition of underutilized indeginous foods.

Publications    

Peer reviewed publications

  • Mugadza, D.T, Owusu-Darko, R and Buys E.M. (2019). Source tracking Bacillus cereus in an extended shelf life milk processing plant using partial sequencing of rpoB and multilocus sequence typing. Journal of Dairy Sciences, 102(1), 1-5.
  • Mugadza, D.T. and Buys, E.M. 2017. Bacillus and Paenibacillus spp. associated with extended shelf life milk during processing and storage. International Journal of Dairy Technology, 70.
  • Mugadza, D.T. and E.M. Buys. 2017. Diversity of Bacillus cereus strains in extended shelf life milk. International Dairy Journal, 73, 144-150
  • Chimuti, S., Midzi, N., Njage, P.K. and Mugadza, D.T. 2016. Microbial species of safety concern in milk from informal processors in Harare, Zimbabwe.  African Journal of Microbiology Research, 10(32), 1257-1262.

Popular publications

  • Mugadza, D.T. and Buys, E.M. 2014. Bacteria Diversity in ESL Milk. Dairy mail, September 2014, p 113
  • Mugadza, D.T and Buys, E.M. 2017. It’s time to cereus. Dairy mail, August 2017, p 117

 KEY WORKSHOPS PARTICIPATION

  • World Interlectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Patent drafting course. Harare, Zimbabwe, 2019.
  • Africa Science Leadership Programme. Pretoria, South Africa 2018-2019.
  • Bringing Fresh Perspectives at the International symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition organised by Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Rome Italy, 2016
  • Introduction to FDA-iRISK®: a Comparative Risk Assessment Tool Workshop: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). Portland Oregon USA, 2015
  • Applied Biosystems Real time PCR: Life Technologies Johannesburg South Africa. 2013

 CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS  

  • Mugadza D.T, Owusu-Darko R & Buys E.M (2019) ‘Characterization and source tracking of B. cereus in an extended shelf life milk plant’ paper presented at the 2nd Bioinformatics symposium, Harare Institute of Technology, Harare, 9-10 October 2019.
  • Mugadza D.T, Moyo M, Chimuti S & Mugadza R.N (2019) ‘Edible insects – A view from the legal tower’ paper presented at the 1st African Conference on Edible Insects, Monomotapa Crowne Plaza Harare, 14-16 August 2019.
  • Mugadza D.T. (2019) ‘Potential of traditional foods in improving economic, nutrition and food security in Zimbabwe’ paper presented at the Traditional African Food & Beverage Expo, Matobo, 4-6 April 2019.
  • Mugadza D.T. & Buys E.M. (2017) ‘Diversity and source tracking of Bacillus cereus in an extended shelf life milk processing plant.’ paper presented at the SAAFoST 22nd Biennial International Congress and Exhibition, Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town 3-6 September 2017
  • Mugadza D.T. & Buys E.M. (2017) ‘Source tracking of Bacillus cereus in an extended shelf life (ESL) milk processing factory.’ paper presented at the 48th Annual South African Society of Dairy Technology (SASDT) AGM and Symposium. Kievits Kroon, Pretoria, South Africa. 8-11 May 2017
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2016) ‘A Quantitative risk Assessment of Bacillus cereus in Extended Shelf Life Milk’ paper presented at the 25th International ICFMH conference – FOOD MICRO 2016.Dublin Ireland, 19-22 July 2016
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2016) ‘Bacillus  & Paenibacillus spp. Associated with Extended Shelf Life Milk’  paper presented at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit, Vilnius, Lithuania, 20 – 24 September, 2015
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2015). ‘A Risk Assessment of Bacillus cereus Extended Shelf Life Milk’ paper presented at the 21stSAAFoST International Congress and Exhibition Durban, South Africa. 7 – 9 September 2015
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2015). ‘Characterization of Bacillus cereus in Extended Shelf Life Milk’ paper presented at the International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon. 25 – 28 July 2015
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2015). ‘Spoilage potential of Bacillus spp. &Paenibacillus spp. in Extended Shelf Life Milk’ paper presented at the South African Society of Dairy Technology (SASDT) 48th Annual AGM & Symposium. Cape St Francis, South Africa 23-24 April 2015
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2014) ‘Spore formers and Non-Spore formers Associated with Extended Shelf Life Milk’ a paper presented at the ASSAf Annual South African Young Scientists’ Conference. Pretoria South Africa 14-16 October 2014
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2014) ‘Bacillus spp. &Paenibacillus spp. Associated with Extend Shelf Life (ESL) Milk’ paper presented at the24th International ICFMH conference – FOOD MICRO 2014. Nantes  France, 1-4 September 2014
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2014). Spore formers and Non-spore formers in Extended Shelf Life Milk’ paper presented at the South African Society of Dairy Technology(SASDT) 47th Annual AGM & Symposium. Cape town, South Africa 23-24 April 2014
  • Mugadza D.T & Buys E.M (2013). ‘Characterisation of Bacillus spp. and Paenibacillusspp. In Extended Shelf Life Milk’paper presented at the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) 20th Biennial International Congress. Pretoria, South Africa 7-9 October 2013.
  • Mugadza D.T, Manhokwe. S &Zvidzai C. (2013). ‘Effectiveness of HACCP in the Dairy Industry in Zimbabwe,’ paper presented at the SASDT 46th Annual general meeting and Symposium April 2013

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2nd Bioinformatics symposium, Best researcher abstract presentation award, Harare Zimbabwe, 2019
  • South African Society for Dairy Technology (SASDT) 2017, Best post-graduate dairy research award. Pretoria, South Africa, 2018
  • Africa Science Leadership Programme Fellowship, South Africa, 2018
  • VLIR-UOS fellowship – Food Safety, Quality Assurance Systems and Risk Analysis, Ghent Belgium, 2016
  • International Association for Food Protection student travel scholarship – International Association for Food Protection Annual meeting 2015 Portland Oregon USA
  • ICFMH food microbiologist travel grant – Food Micro conference 2014 Nantes France
  • Best presenter SASDT Student Night Presentations. University of Pretoria, 2014

PROFESSIONAL BODIES & COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP

  • South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP)
  • South African Society for Dairy Technology (SASDT)
  • Standards Association of Zimbabwe ISO Technical Committee for management systems for food safety (ISO TC 34/SC17)

     

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