Casimir C. Akoh, PhD, CFS
Professor Akoh has a PhD degree in Food Science (Food Chemistry & Biochemistry) and MS degree in Biochemistry from Washington State University. His BSc degree was from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of Georgia. He was/is a Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Honorary Distinguished Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, Visiting Professor at King Mongut’s Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, Jiangnan University, China, and Chair Professor of Food Chemistry at National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan.
Dr. Akoh’s research is mainly in lipid biotechnology and phytochemicals. He is an internationally recognized expert on low calorie fat substitutes and structured lipids. He edited 7 books and his “Food Lipids” book now in its 4rd Edition (2017) is used worldwide as a text book for graduate instruction. Overall, Akoh’s research has resulted in over 742 publications and presentations that include up to 254 refereed publications, 44 book chapters, 4 patents, 280 presentations, and more than 164 invited presentations at national and international conferences.
He is an Editorial Board member or Associate Editor of 6 journals. He became a member of the Governing Board of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) in 2001, was elected Secretary in 2004 and reelected in 2006. He became Vice President in 2007 and AOCS President for 2008-2009 during their 100 year anniversary.
He is one of the Highly Cited scientists in Agricultural Science. Dr. Akoh has received many national and international awards and recognitions. Dr. Akoh was the first person in his profession to have received two top research awards of two international professional societies in the same year: a) the 2012 AOCS Supelco/Nicholas Pelick Research Award (top society award) for his eminent contributions and original research in the field of lipid chemistry, and b) the 2012 Institute of Food Technologists top research award – The Nicholas Appert Award for preeminence in/and outstanding achievement in Food Technology.
Dr. Akoh was elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2005, Fellow of the American Oil Chemists’ Society in 2006, Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2006 (Agricultural & Food Chemistry Division), and Fellow/WABAB Academician of the International Society of Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology (ISBAB) in 2015.