Staff Profile


Dr Joseph Hubert Galani Yamdeu

Lecturer in Food Science

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: 01227 923170

Profile summary

I'm a university lecturer and researcher in food science and nutrition, with experience in Africa, Europe and Asia. 

I have a PhD in plant and food biochemistry obtained in 2014 from Anand Agricultural University in India, from where I moved to Cameroon to start a junior academic career as an Assistant Lecturer at the Universite des Montagnes. After 3 years of rich experience in Cameroon, aiming for more exposure at an international level, I secured a postdoctoral fellowship at Ghent University in Belgium in 2017. The short stay in Belgium allowed me to strengthen my skills in advanced methods in food analysis, which lead me to the School of Food Science and Nutrition of the University of Leeds from 2018 to 2021, where I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in biochemical food safety within the AFRICAP Project. I have joined Canterbury Christ Church University, Section of Natural and Applied Sciences, in December 2021. 

I have multidisciplinary skills in agricultural sciences, plant and food biochemistry, analytical chemistry, pathology, and molecular biology; which are applied for: increasing crop productivity and food demand; improving the health of farmers and consumers; while safeguarding our environment. I am interested in research at the nexus of food systems, climate change, nutrition and health.

Research and knowledge exchange

Research interests

My research career has been driven by my interest in sustainable food systems that will provide more nutritious and safer foods, improve farmer’s and consumer’s health, while better preserving our environment, in a climate changing world. My multidisciplinary skills are applied in research for:

(i) identifying the key drivers of food loss before and after harvest;

(ii) quantifying in foods, and reducing the health risk associated with food contaminants like pesticides residues, acrylamide and mycotoxins;

(iii) improving the nutritional quality and health-benefiting compounds in foods during post-harvest storage and processing; and,

(iv) developing alternative methods for crop protection against pests and diseases.

Within the Section of Natural and Applied Sciences at CCCU, I envision to develop research at the nexus of food systems, climate change, nutrition and health. Specifically, I envisage to assess the risk-benefit of future climate change and climate-smart agricultural practices on food systems, food quality and the anticipated impact on human health, beginning with examining the nutritional quality and safety quality of prominent food crops produced under conditions of future climate. Risk‐benefit assessment of foods is a new decision-support tool for estimating the beneficial and adverse health effects on human, following exposure or lack of exposure to a particular food or food component, and to integrate them in comparable measures. 

Teaching and subject expertise

Advancing Chemistry, Level 0

Microbiology, Level 4

Analytical Techniques, Level 5

Course Advocate for Food Science & Nutrition

Publications and research outputs

Selected Publications

Galani et al., (2022). Effects of combined abiotic stresses on nutrient content of European wheat and implications for nutritional security under climate change. Scientific Reports, 12, 5700.

Galani et al., (2022). Conservation Agriculture Affects Grain and Nutrient Yields of Maize (Zea Mays L.) and Can Impact Food and Nutrition Security in Sub-Saharan. Africa. Frontiers in Nutrition, 8, 804663.

Galani et al., (2021). Contamination of Foods from Cameroon with Residues of 20 Halogenated Pesticides, and Health Risk of Adult Human Dietary Exposure. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9), 5043-5069.

Galani et al., (2020). Monitoring and dietary risk assessment of 81 pesticide residues in 11 local agricultural products from the 3 largest cities of Cameroon. Food Control, 118: 107416.

Galani et al., (2020). A Review of Micronutrient Deficiencies and Analysis of Maize Contribution to Nutrient Requirements of Women and Children in Eastern and Southern Africa. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 62(6): 1568-1591.

Galani et al., (2018). Evaluation of 99 pesticide residues in major agricultural products from the western highlands zone of Cameroon using the QuEChERS method extraction and LC-MS/MS and GC-ECD analysis. Foods, 7(11): 184-201.

Galani et al., (2017). Acrylamide-Forming Potential of Cereals, Legumes and Roots and Tubers Analyzed by UPLC-UV. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 108(Part A): 244–248.

Galani et al., (2017). Storage of Fruits and Vegetables in Refrigerator Increases their Phenolic Acids but Decreases the Total Phenolics, Anthocyanins and Vitamin C with Subsequent Loss of their Antioxidant Capacity. Antioxidants, 6(3): 59-77.

Galani et al., (2017). Effect of Storage Temperature on Vitamin C, Total Phenolics, UPLC Phenolic Acid profile and Antioxidant Capacity of Eleven Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Varieties.Horticultural Plant Journal, 3(2): 73–89.


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