Smith Nkhata

Smith Nkhata
Position
Ph.D. Student
Email
snkhata@purdue.edu
Faculty Supervisor
» Dr. Mario Ferruzzi

Smith Nkhata completed his B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi in 2007 in Malawi. He later joined the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in 2009 as a Food and Nutrition Specialist, a post he holds up to date. In 2011 he got admitted at Michigan State University where he completed his M.S. degree in Food Science in 2013. His M.S. thesis was on determining how iron fortification affects the quality of dairy products. He joined Dr. Ferruzzi and Hamaker's groups in August 2015 to pursue his Ph.D. in Food Science. His research focuses on PICS storage stability of provitamin A carotenoids from biofortified corn. His research also seeks to understand how PICS storage affect aging of corn and the resulting starch and protein digestibility.