Assoc.Prof. Dorothy Nakimbugwe (PhD (KU Leuven); MSc (Cornell University); BSc. FST (MAK)

Food Scientist

Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, School of  Food Technology Nutrition & Bioengineering, CAES, Makerere University.

Dorothy Nakimbugwe is Assoc. Professor in the School of Food Technology Nutrition and Bioengineering, Makerere University. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Technology & Nutrition at Makerere University. She has a PhD in Bioscience Engineering from the Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium; an MSc in Food Science from Cornell University, USA and a BSc. in Food Science & Technology, Makerere University, Uganda.

Dr. Nakimbugwe has engaged communities to improve the nutritional quality of complimentary foods in Uganda for over 20 years and has made significant contributions to introducing, commercializing and promoting over 30 locally processed, nutritious foods.

Her product development is informed by community-based research to assess the nutritional status, dietary adequacy and tastes and preferences of nutritionally vulnerable communities. 

She has served as PI/Co-PI for 27 international collaborative projects supported by organizations including: Uganda Government, EU commission, IDRC, ACIAR, Harvest-Plus, CIAT/PABRA, IAEA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Inter-University Council for East Africa (UCEA), Carnegie Foundation, Sida, DANIDA, IKEA Foundation and Nestle Foundation.

She has authored/co-authored over 50 scientific peer reviewed articles and book Chapters as well as mass media articles, given television and radio interviews and made presentations to different audiences within and outside Uganda.

She is a Board Member of: Community Action for Health (CAfH) an organization implementing World Food Program-supported supplementary feeding programs in Karamoja region for over 10 years and Farm Radio International (

She is also a past member of the Finance Committee of Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS, and current member of the Risk and Ethics Committee.

At School level she heads the publicity committee and is a member of the Appointments committee.


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