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Sylvia V. A. UZOCHUKWU nee MMEGWA (B.Sc. '79, M.Sc. '85, PhD '87)
 
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Articles Published in Peer reviewed  Journals, 
Adamu-Governor O.L., T.A. Shittu, O.R. Afolabi and S.V.A. Uzochukwu (2018) Screening for gum-producing Lactic acid bacteria in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) and Raphia palm (Raphia regali) sap from South West Nigeria). Food Science and Nutrition 6(8): 2047-2055 
Aniekpena Elijah, Olusegun Atanda, Akinola Popoola, Christianah Opara, Leonard Adamu, and Sylvia Uzochukwu (2017). Techno-functional Properties of bacteria species associated with cassava waste. Current Biotechnology 6: 000-000.
Aminat Olabisi Adelekan, Sylvia V. A.  Uzochukwu and Nwadiuto Esiobu (2017). Bacteria Diversity Study on fermentation of Parkia bioglobosa  16S rRNA gene analysis. International Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology Research 5: 95-102 .
Shodimu O.A., J.M. Babajide, S.V.A. Uzochukwu, O.R. Afolabi, and O.P. Sobukola (2017). Microbial Evaluation of Lafun in selected eateries in Abeokuta Metropolis. Nigeria. Nigerian Food Journal 35(1), 38-44 
Opara, CN, A.I. Elijah,  L.O.G. Adamu, and SVA Uzochukwu (2016) Screening for genetically modified maize in raw and processed maize sold commercially in Southern Nigeria border states. Applied Food Biotechnology 3(3):150-158 
Elijah, A.I, O.O. Atanda, A.R. Popoola and S.V.A. Uzochukwu (2014). Molecular characterization and potential of bacteria species associated with cassava waste. Nigerian Food Journal 32(2): 56-65. 
M. C. Adetuniji, O. O. Atanda , C. N. Ezekiel , A. O. Dipeolu , S. V. A. Uzochukwu , J. Oyedepo , C. A. Chilaka (2014). Distribution of mycotoxins and risk assessment of maize consumers in five agro‑ecological zones of Nigeria. Eur Food Res Technol  239:287–296.
Okolie Pius Ifeanyi, Opara CN, Emerenini EC and Sylvia Uzochukwu (2013). Evaluaion of Bacterial Diversity in palm wine by 16S rDNA analysis of community DNA.Nigerian Food Journal 31(1): 89-90.
Opara C. N., Okolie P. I., Uzochukwu S. V. A. (2013). Diversity of Bacterial Community in Fermentation of African Oil Bean Seeds (Pentaclethra macrophylla Benth) by comparison of 16S rRNA Gene Fragments. British Biotechnology Journal. 3(2): 213-220 
Popoola, A.R., Aluko C.T., Afolabi C.G. and Uzochukwu S.V.A. (2013). Rapid Screening of in-vitro plantlets of four Nigerian cowpea varieties to artificially inoculated fungal wilt pathogen. Nig. J. Biotech. 25: 12-17. 
Obonyo D.N.,Nfor, L, Uzochukwu, S., Araya, M., Farolfi, F., Craig, W. and Ripandelli, D. (2011). Identified gaps in Biosafety capacity building   in sub-Saharan Africa. AgBioForum, 14(2): 71-82. 
Uzochukwu Sylvia (2008) Capacity Building in Biotechnology in Nigeria: The UNAAB Experience. Journal of Biotechnology 136:S769
Uzochukwu Sylvia,  W.O. Kasali , O. Okeleye and S.O. Afolami (2004) Estimation of storage life of trench - stored cassava as it affects organoleptic properties of gari and fufu . West African Journal of Foods and Nutrition  7, 79  81. 
Uzochukwu, Sylvia, Abiodun Ojoye and Elizabeth O. Imam (2003). Estimation of Shelf Life of cooked  Foo-Foo  sold in Nigeria. Tropical Science 43, 86  91.
 Idowu M.A., O.O. Atanda, M.O. Bankola, SVA Uzochukwu and O.O. Olaewe (2002). An Assessment of the Status and Product quality of some bread-making industries in Abeokuta. ASSET: an International Journal, Series B 1(1), 61-68.
Uzochukwu Sylvia, Esther Balogh, R.T. Loefler and P.O. Ngoddy (2002)  Structural analysis by  13 C- nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, of glucan extracted from natural palm wine;  Food Chemistry 76, 287-291.                                   
Uzochukwu, Sylvia V. A., Abimbola E. Ajayi and O. Lasekan   (2001) Characteristics of tempeh from less common and hard-to-cook Nigerian beans.  Nigerian Journal of  Microbiology  15(1), 103  109.  
Uzochukwu, S.V.A,  R. Oyede, and O. Atanda (2001) Utilization of Gari industry effluent in the preparation of a gin.  Nigerian Journal of Food Microbiology 15(1), 87  92 . 
Babajide, J.M.; Babajide, S.O., and Uzochukwu, S.V.A. (2001) Cassava-soy weaning Food: Biological evaluation and effects on rat organs. Plant Foods for Human nutrition. 56,167-173 
. Uzochukwu, S.V.A.,  E. Balogh; R.T. Loefler and P.O. Ngoddy, (2001)   Structural analysis by  13C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy of glucans elabourated by gum-producing bacteria isolated from palm wine. Food Chemistry  73, 225-233. 
Babajide, J.M., Babajide, S.O. and Uzochukwu,S.V.A. (2000). Effect of processing on the cyanide potential, trypsin inhibitor content and  viscosity of weaning food from cassava and soybeans.  West African Journal of Food and Nutrition  2(3), 1-5. 
Henshaw, F.O., S.V.A. Uzochukwu and I.Y. Bello ( 2000) Sensory  properties of Akara (Fried Cowpea Paste) prepared from paste stored at low storage temperatures. International Journal of Food Properties 3(2), 295-304 .      
Uzochukwu, S.V.A.,  Balogh E.  and  Ngoddy P.O. (2000). Flavour volatiles of formulated and standard palm wine. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology. 14(2), 81-84. 
Uzochukwu, S.V.A., Ademoyegun B.O. and Henshaw, F.O. (1999). Evaluation of some common Nigerian beans for tempeh production. West African Journal of Food and Nutrition  2(2), 38-45.  
Uzochukwu, S.V.A.; Balogh, E.; Tucknott O.G.; Lewis M.J. and Ngoddy P.O. (1999) Role of palm wine yeasts and bacteria in palm wine aroma. Journal of Food Science and Technology, 36, 301-304.
Uzochukwu, S.V.A.  and Ameh A.A. (1997). Optimisation of processing conditions for the production of Okpekhe  a fermented condiment from the seeds of Prosopsis Africana. Nigerian Journal of Microbiology  11, 85-92. 
Uzochukwu, S.V.A., Balogh, E.; Tucknott O.G.; Lewis M.J. and Ngoddy P.O. (1997) Volatiles of palm wine using solvent extracts. Journal of Food Quality. 20, 483-494. 
Uzochukwu, S.V.A., Balogh, E. and Ngoddy, P.O. (1994)  The role of microbial gums in the colour and consistency of palm wine. Journal of Food Quality, 17, 393-407. 
Uzochukwu, S.V.A., Balogh.; E. Tucknott O.G.; Lewis M.J. and Ngoddy P.O. (1994) Volatile constituents of palm wine and sap. Journal of The Science of Food and Agriculture 64, 405-411. 
Uzochukwu, S.V.A., Balogh, E. and Ngoddy, P.O.  (1991) Standard pure culture inoculums  for natural and formulated palm wine. Nigerian Food Journal 9, 67-77. 
Mmegwa, S.V.A., Balogh, E. and Ngoddy P.O. (1988) Formulated palm wine: Comparative fermentation studies. Nigerian Food Journal 6, 35-42.
 Mmegwa, S.V.A, Balogh, E. and Ngoddy P.O. (1985) Formulated palm wine: Sensory evaluation and use in palm wine extension. Tropical Science 25, 271-281. 
Patents
Uzochukwu, S. V. A.  (1996): Process for the preparation of clear un-distilled alcoholic beverages such as table, sparkling and fortified wine from palm exudates. Nigerian Patent No. RP 12549. 
Uzochukwu, S. V. A.  (2004): Process for the preparation of a formulated palm wine. Nigerian patent No. RP. 12612.  (Approved, 1997, Approved and  re-granted, 2004).
Uzochukwu, S. V. A.  (2004): Process for the preparation of a non-alcoholic palm drink. Nigerian patent No. RP.  12613. (Approved, 1997, Approved and re-granted, 2004).
Articles Published in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings
Jose Falck-Zepeda, Patricia Zambrano, Muffy Koch, Sylvia Uzochukwu, Geoffrey Aritnaitwe, Cesar Falconi, Eduardo Trigo, Virginia Kimani (2015) Contrasting investments in Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa and Latin America: Technological triumphs with institutional challenges to ensure innovation for agricultural sustainability. Presented at the 19th Conference of International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR). Ravello (Amalfi Coast  Italy), 16  19 June, 2015
Aritnaitwe Geofrey, Beintema Nienke, Chambers Judy, Falck-Zepeda Jose, Kimani Virginia, Koch Muffy, Uzochukwu Sylvia, Zambrano Patricia  (2014). Growing pains: Assessment, opportunities, and challenges for agricultural biotechnology capacity and development in Africa. Presented at the 19th Conference of International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR). Nairobi, Kenya, 18-20 June 2014.
Uzochukwu, S.V.A, Ochem, A., Keese P., Inglebrecht, I.,Campbell-Tofte, J. and Esiobu, N. (2012). Proven strategies for building capacity in  biotechnology and biosafety in developing countries: An integrated short course approach. Presented at the 12th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms, St Louis, Missouri, USA, 16  20 September 2012.
Babajide, J.M. and Uzochukwu S.V.A. (1998). Pasting characteristics of cassava-soya-based weaning Foods. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Uzochukwu, Onwuka and Idowu (eds) Vol. 1(Technical papers): 56-58. 
Apantaku, S.O.;  Apantaku, F.S. and Uzochukwu S.V.A. (1998). The role of extension education in reducing the production and consumption of unsafe packaged drinking water, ice lolly products and cold cocoa beverages.  Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Uzochukwu, Onwuka and Idowu (eds) Vol. 1(Technical papers): 158-160.
Articles presented at conferences
Uzochukwu, S.V.A. (2012) Safety Assessment of GMO-derived foods.  An invited plenary paper  presented at the 2012 Conference of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, held at the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria 21  25th August 2011.
 Sylvia Uzochukwu, Dennis Ndolo, Lilian Nfor, Marianela Araya Quesada,  Decio Ripandelli and Wendy Craig  (2010).  Introduction to Biotechnology. Paper presented at a workshop on Confined Field Trial of Genetically modified crops held in Accra, Ghana, 30th August  -  3rd September 2010.
 Sylvia Uzochukwu, Dennis Ndolo, Lilian Nfor, Marianela Araya Quesada,  Decio Ripandelli and Wendy Craig  (2010). Biosafety needs in Sub-Sahara Africa.  A paper Presented at a workshop on  Risk Analysis of Genetically Modified Crops for General Release. Nairobi, Kenya 14-18 December 2010.
 Dennis Ndolo, Lilian Nfor, Sylvia Uzochukwu, Marianela Araya Quesada, Francesca Farolfi, Decio in sub-Saharan Africa. Presented at the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms, Bounos Aieres, Argentina, 15  19  Nov,  2010
 
Books Edited
Uzochukwu, S.V.A., C.F.I. Onwuka and M.I. Idowu (1998) Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology. Uzochukwu, Onwuka and Idowu (eds) Vol. 1(Technical papers)
 
 
Chapters in Books
Uzochukwu, Sylvia (2013) Biosafety and Modern Biotechnology. In: Food, Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology. Ogbonna, J.C., Ubi, B.E., Enweani, I.B., (Eds). Universal Academic Services, Beijin. 266pp ISBN 978-978-933-167 (2013). Chapter 10.
 
Books
S.V.A. Uzochukwu (2013). Biotechnology Capacity Building: The Gateway to Food security. 47th Inaugural Lecture of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
 
 
Area of specialization
Food Science and Biotechnology, Food Microbiology
 
Membership of professional bodies:
Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology
Biotechnology Society of Nigeria
Nigerian Society for Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology
 
Prizes, Distinctions and Awards 
Mentor, Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Women in Science Mentoring Program,  2018
Fellow, Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, 2017
Project Leader, Nigeria Study: Africas Next Harvest, of the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS), 2013-2014, an international collaborative study.
Mentor, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development  (AWARD) programme of CGIARs  Gender and Diversity programme, 2009-2011 female faculty Mentorship Program 
Biosafety Specialist Fellowship, Bill and Melinda Gates  ICGEB Biosafety Project for Sub-Saharan Africa, 2010
American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Educator Award 2009
Best student, Botany Department, University Prize, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1979
 
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