Dr. Idolo Ifie

Dr. Idolo Ifie


Prior to joining the School of Food Science in 2022, I spent 17 years in teaching, research, and academic leadership roles in Universities in Nigeria, Uganda, and Ghana.

In 2015, I was a guest researcher at the Tubitak Food Institute, Turkey, in the NutraHealth Project aimed at improving the research capacity of Turkey in functional foods, nutraceuticals, and natural health products

Research interests

In my research, I try to understand how the chemical, physical, and functional properties of foods change during processing to improve their nutritional, safety, and organoleptic qualities.


To date, my focus has been on understanding the role of processing (primarily of phytochemicals) in contributing to more sustainable diets for better health. Currently, I am investigating the safety, functionality, bioactivity, and processing of new aquatic plant-based food systems as sustainable sources of protein and phytochemicals in the human diet. 


     Research and current topics include:
  • Effect of processing techniques on phytochemical content, bioactive and toxic components in duckweed plant. 
  • Evaluation of drying technologies on the Techno-functional properties duckweed flour.
  • Extraction, isolation, and characterization of bioactive compounds derived from plant extracts
  • Bioactivity of Hibiscus sabdariffa
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Foods
  • Wine Science
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  • Ph.D. Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds
  • M.Sc. Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • B.Sc. Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Food Science and Technology

Current postgraduate researchers

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