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Dr. Margaret Owusu

Dr. Margaret Owusu

Senior Research Scientist/Head of Food Microbiology and Mushroom Research Division


Food Quality and safety, GC-MS and GC-O analysis of aroma/flavour, sensory quality of food

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Available Hours

  • Monday 8:30 - 4:30
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30

About The Scientist

Dr. Margaret Owusu is a Senior Research Scientist and current Head of the Food Microbiology and Mushroom Research Division. She was a former Head of the Chemistry Industrial Services Unit (2012-2015). She has worked as a researcher in the CSIR-Food Research Institute for eighteen years. She has a PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Food Science (Quality and Technology) and has expertise in flavour analysis and organoleptic analysis of foods, cocoa processing and chocolate production. She has undertaken research in a number of donor-funded projects that has focused on value addition, food safety and food quality. She has undertaken research/training consultancies for some international organizations including African Rice Centre, International Food Policy Research Institute (Ghana) and Mondelez International in the areas of sensory evaluation and training as well as cocoa processing. Her current research includes an EU-Leap Agri-funded project on small fish processing and utilization for food.



Work Experience

2016 – present
Head, Food Microbiology and Mushroom Research Division CSIR-Food Research Institute, Accra, Ghana.
2016 – present
Senior Lecturer CSIR College of Science and Technology
2016 -2017
Part-time Lecturer University of Ghana, School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences
Acting Head, Food Microbiology Division CSIR-Food Research Institute, Ghana, Accra
Unit Head, Chemistry Industrial Services, CSIR-Food Research Institute, Accra-Ghana
2015 – present
Senior Research Scientist CSIR-Food Research Institute, Accra, Ghana
2001 – 2015
Research Scientist CSIR-Food Research Scientist
2000 -2001
Parliamentary Research Assistant: Institute of Economic Affairs/Office of Parliament, Ghana

Awards & Honors

AWARD Fellowship African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Fellowship
DANIDA Fellowship Danish International Development Agency Fellowship

Education & Certification

PhD, Food Science (Quality and Technology) University of Copenhagen, Denmark
MPhil Botany (Mycology and Plant Pathology) University of Ghana, Legon
BSc. Botany University of Ghana, Legon

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