• Professor and Canada Research Chair at the department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences.
  • Professor and Canada Research Chair, 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

    Phone: 204-474-8214
    email: trust.beta@umanitoba.ca

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Education

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

Teaching

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

Research

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

Publications

Other information

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

Awards:

  • 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