Professor Anakalo Shitandi

Professor Anakalo Shitandi is a full Professor of Microbiology and has been engaged in research, teaching and outreach as a biological scientist.

He currently serves as the Registrar of Research Extension Innovation and Resource Mobilization at Kisii University, Kenya. As Registrar of Research, he is responsible for the provision of leadership and vision for university-wide research projects including the development of short-term and long-term research plans, deliverables, work plans, and timelines.

He further seeks to coordinate the engagement of both social and natural scientists with diverse communities in South Western Kenya in efforts that help to build capacity resilience and adaptive capacity. These strive to lessen the vulnerability of rural communities of the region.

He received his BSc in Botany – zoology majors from Egerton University, Kenya, Postgraduate Diploma Education from Kenyatta University, Kenya, and MSc and a Ph.D. degree from SLU-Uppsala, Sweden. He has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in food and drug standards; food safety, Advanced microbiology; biotechnology, quality control; food toxicology; Industrial microbiology, and research methods.

He deepened his scientific knowledge and skills in biotechnology as a Research Associate at the University of Western Cape South Africa where he worked under the supervision of Professor Don Cowan. He has further professional training from various institutions globally which includes: University strategic management, Nanchang University- China; bioethics – St John’s Research academy Hospital, Bangalore – India;  Public health – Nordic public health school, Gothenburg – Sweden: Biomedical Statistics, Danish Agricultural University – Denmark;  Research methods, Uppsala – Sweden; RIA and ELISA techniques in microbiology and endocrinology, Uppsala – Sweden and nutritional epidemiology- Nordic public health school, Sweden. He has served as an external examiner for the University of Swaziland in the faculty of health sciences and in the school of biotechnology, the Eldoret University- Kenya. 

He has been a technical expert member at the Kenya Bureau of standards on several food committees and has represented the country in standards meetings within the East African community and also internationally.  He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, supervised Ph.D. and M.Sc. graduate students who have successfully completed their academic programs, and mentored students. He has served 2015-2017 as a global fellow NAFSA ( which is an Association of International educators based in Washington, the USA where he aspired to coordinate the internationalization of research partnerships in Sub-Saharan African Universities.  Professor Shitandi is also a research associate at the Institute of Primate research – Karen, Kenya which grants him and his research students access to World-class research laboratory facilities at the Karen campus. During his professional career, he has gained diversified technical experience (both national and international) related to the planning of research, project monitoring and evaluation, capacity building, and policy development and has a particular interest in the internationalization of research-led education.

His scientific research interests are in the identification of bioactive compounds from diverse sources and their nutritional value and protective effects in human and animal healthcare as functional food ingredients.  A key publication in his field is his authoring a chapter titled Tea Processing and its Impact on Catechins, Theaflavin, and Thearubigin Formation. IN.Tea in Health and Disease prevention. Edited by Victor R. Preedy, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, School of Medicine, King’s College London, UK This book is regarded as a key book on tea and its influence on health and disease prevention globally.  Currently, he is a project Manager -KSU- Erasmus African Higher Education Leadership in Advancing Inclusive Innovation for Development/AHEAD. a researcher in NSF-IRES funded Lake Victoria/Lake Erie comparative study program on Microcystis-dominated HABs