PMIL student researcher takes university teaching job

By Allison Floyd
University of Georgia, Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab

Yaa Asantewaa Kafui Klu, who worked with PMIL as she finished her doctoral studies at the University of Georgia, has taken a position as a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.

Klu, who holds a PhD in Food Science, was born and raised in Cape Coast, Ghana, she began studying at UGA in 2009 and graduated in August 2014.

She won awards for her graduate studies and presented papers across the U.S. on her research, which focused on using peanut butter as a vehicle to carry probiotics to malnourished children in developing countries in order to prevent diarrhea.

Klu also is credited as a co-author on several publications of her major professor, Dr. Jinru Chen.

Klu’s studies originally were supported by funds from the Peanut CRSP, and have been continued by PMIL.

Her goal upon graduation, was to return to her home country of Ghana and apply her education to real life situations.

As a lecturer at KNUST, Yaa will be teaching and doing research, as well.

Published February 01, 2016