• Professor and Canada Research Chair at the department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences.
  • Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (Functional Foods), Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
    Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    266 Ellis Building
    13 Freedman Crescent
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 Canada

    T: 204-474-8214



  • PhD (Food Science), University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • MSc (Food Science & Technology), Texas A&M University, US
  • BSc (Chemistry & Biochemistry), University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe


  • FOOD 2500 Food Chemistry
  • HNSC 2150 Food Composition, Functional and Nutritional Properties
  • FOOD 7160 Food Carbohydrates
  • HNSC/FOOD 4540 Functional Foods


Research interests

Dr. Beta's research focuses on functional foods with investigations being conducted in the following areas:

  • Bioactive and nutrient profiles in foods
  • Phytochemicals in health promotion
  • Grain-based functional foods
  • Food processing and bioaccessibility of phytochemicals

Current research projects

  • Food matrix effects on the release of phytochemicals during digestion
  • Bioaccessibility of lipo-soluble antioxidant nutrients assessed from cereal grains
  • Bioactive starch films for biodegradable food packaging
  • Physical and chemical properties of starches from oats


Other information

Dr. Beta is a Certified Food Scientist (Institute of Food Technologists).


  • Canada Research Chair in Functional Foods (Tier 1) (2018-2025)
  • Canada Research Chair in Food Processing for Grain-Based Functional Foods (Tier 2) (2006-2016)
  • Certified Food Scientist (2013)

Current research team:

  • Franklin Apea-Bah, research associate
  • Polyanna Silveira Hornung post doctoral fellow
  • Pamela Drawbridge, PhD
  • Hannah Oduro-Obeng, PhD