Dr. Rotimi Aluko
Food and Human Nutritional Sciences
University of Manitoba
Dr. Aluko obtained his PhD degree in Food Science from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the same institution from 1996-1998. He worked as a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Research Centre from 1998-2001 prior to joining the Dept. of Human Nutritional Sciences, Univ. of Manitoba. His research program focuses on structure-function properties of food proteins as well as development of natural food protein-derived bioactive peptides, especially for the prevention and/or management of hypertension and kidney disease. He is a pioneer researcher in the field of plant seed bioactive peptides and value-added utilization of plant seed proteins. He has published journal articles that demonstrate potential use of plant seed peptides for the treatment of hypertension. He has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and two patents in addition to conference presentations (several of them invited). Dr. Aluko received the University of Manitoba Merit Award for excellence in research and service in 2006, and every year from 2008 to 2011 and recently in 2013. He has served t as past member (2009-2012) of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada’s Discovery Grant Biological Systems and Functions Evaluation Group. He currently serves as member of MHRC & the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Operating Grant Review Committees. Dr. Aluko served as National President, Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology from 2011 to 2012. He also served as Chair of the Protein & Co-products Division of the American Oil Chemists Society from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Functional Foods and Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research.