Director: Dr Hema Kesa 

Senior Lecturer: Hospitality Management

School of Tourism and Hospitality

College of Business and Economics

Tel: +27 11 559 1050


Research interest: food service management focusing on food security, community nutrition and community engagement.

Post Doctoral Research Fellow: 

Bianca van der Westhuizen 

Post-Doctoral Researcher for the Food Evolution Research Laboratory at the Univesity of Johannesburg. Bianca holds both her M.Sc & PHD in Nutrition. She started her studies in Human Movement Science and Nutrition, furthering her post graduate degree in the field of Nutrition. Bianca's research interest is focused on public health nutrition combating the obesity facing South Africa. 

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Alex Dimitri Tchuenchieu Kamgain

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Food Evolution Research Laboratory at the University of Johannesburg. Dr Alex holds a PhD degree in Biochemistry, specialty Microbiology and Nutrition. He is also a full-time researcher at the Centre for Food and Nutrition Research of the Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plant Studies of Cameroon. 


Lab Group 
Akhona Melani: Former Student Thandeka Nyawo: Postgraduate Student
Sharon Ryan: Postgraduate student Thabiso Nkitseng: Postgraduate student
Tshepiso Senetla: Postgraduate student Sam Kurne:  Postgraduate student
Micaela Myburgh: Postgraduate student Yehshantha Govindasami: Postgraduate student