Dr. Betty N. Mbatia

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biotechnology

Email: Email: bembatia@usiu.ac.ke

Telephone: +25473011672

Areas of interest/specialization:Bioremediation, Application of porphyrins derivatives in water decontamination, Biomass valorization, , Biofuels; Enzymatic lipids modifications


Dr. Mbatia is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She has seventeen (17) publications in peer reviewed journals and one (1) patent. She has supervised and mentored several Msc. students to completion and currently supervising three Msc, 3 PhD and several undergraduate students. Dr Mbatia has worked as an external examiner for University of Nairobi, Center for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (CEBIB), as well as Karatina University school of Physical and Applied Sciences (SPAS). Dr Mbatia has examined several Msc. and PhD thesis and is a reviewer of Pharmaceutical Journal of Kenya. She has also been involved in development and review of Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Forensic Science and Msc in Pharmaceutical analysis. Dr Mbatia has served as a Board member (Vice-chair), Nyagatugu Boys Secondary School and as an Energy Technical Committee member at KEBS.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD; Industrial Biotechnology-Lund University, Sweden
  • Msc. Biochemistry; Univeristy of Nairobi
  • Bsc. (Hons): Biochemistry (major) and Chemistry (minor); University of Nairobi


Journal Article

  • Redemtor Awuor Ojwang1, Edward K. Muge, Betty. N. Mbatia, Benson. K. Mwanza and Dorington. O. Ogoyi (2018). Compositional, Elemental, Phytochemical and Antioxidant Characterization of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) Pulps and Seeds from Selected Regions in Kenya and Uganda. European Journal of Medicinal Plants 23(3): 1-12.
  • Agnes Njoki Mwaura, Betty Nyambura Mbatia, Edward Kirwa Muge, Patrick Wafula Okanya (2018). Screening and Characterization of Hydrocarbonoclastic Bacteria isolated from Oil -contaminated soils from Auto Garages. International Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 3(1): 11-24
  • Redemtor Awuor Ojwang, Edward K. Muge, Betty Mbatia, Benson Mwanza and Dorington O. Ogoyi (2017). Comparative Analysis of Phytochemical Composition and Antioxidant Activities of Methanolic Extracts of Leaves, Roots and Bark of jackfruit (Artocapus heterophyllus) from Selected Regions in Kenya and Uganda. Journal of Advances in Biology & Biotechnology 16(1): 1-13, 2017; Article no.JABB.37355 ISSN: 2394-1081
  • Mbatia Betty, Mulaa Francis Jackim, Ogonda Lydia Awuor, Muge Edward Kirwa (2017). Optimization of Alcalase hydrolysis conditions for production of Dagaa (Rastrineobola argentea) Protein hydrolysate with antioxidative properties. Industrial Chemistry 3 (1), 122
  • K Pere, B Mbatia, EK Muge, VW Wekesa (2017) Dagaa (Rastrinoebola argentea) protein hydrolysate as a nitrogen source in microbial culture media. Journal of Applied Biology & Biotechnology 5 (03), 008 – 012
  • Jeremiah O. Masime, Eric Ogur , Betty Mbatia, Joseph Lalah , Austin O. Aluoch and Geoffrey Otieno (2017). Extraction and Characterization of Yellow Oleander (Thevetia Peruviana) Seed Oil, Meal and Analysis of Eggshells’ Catalyst as Potential Feedstocks for Biodiesel Production in Kenya. Journal of the Kenya Chemical Society 10-1 , 58-69
  • Jeremiah O. Masime, Eric Ogur , Betty Mbatia, Austin O. Aluoch and Geoffrey Otieno (2017). Optimization and Thermodynamics of the Extraction of Yellow Oleander Seed Oil Using Soxhlet Extractor. Journal of Scientific Achievements, Vol. 2 , No. 1, Page: 43–50.
  • Murage M. Wanjiku, Mbatia B.Nyambura, Muge E.Kirwa (2016).Anti - oxidative potential of honey and ascorbic acid in yogurt fortified with Omega - 3 fatty acids. Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences 6 (1), 702-706
  • Ogur, E.O., Mbatia B.N. (2014), Performance Evaluation of Waste Vegetable Cooking Oil as Biodiesel, International Journal of Recent Development in Engineering and Technology, Vol. 3, No: 3, pp. 1-4
  • B Mbatia, LA Ogonda, EK Muge, FJ Mulaa (2014). Antioxidative and functional properties of Rastrineobola argentea (dagaa) fish protein hydrolysate. Discourse Journal of Agriculture and Food Sciences 2 (6), 180-189
  • LA Ogonda, EK Muge, FJ Mulaa, BN Mbatia (2014) . Proximate composition of Rastrineobola argentea (Dagaa) of Lake Victoria-Kenya African Journal of Biochemistry Research 8 (1), 1-6
  • Ivo Achu Nges, Betty Mbatia, Lovisa Björnsson. Improved utilization of fish waste by anaerobic digestion following omega-3 fatty acids extraction (2012). Journal of Environmental Management 110,159-165
  • Betty Mbatia, S. Shanker, B. Mattiasson, F. Mulaa, P. Adlercreutz. Enzymatic Synthesis of Lipophilic Rutin and Vanillyl Esters From Fish By Products, (2011). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59 (13), 7021-7027 
  • Betty Mbatia, Dietlind Adlercreutz, Patrick Adlercreutz, Ally Mahadhy, Francis Mulaa, Bo Mattiasson. Enzymatic oil extraction and positional analysis of ω-3 fatty acids in Nile perch and salmon heads (2010). Process Biochemistry 45 (5) 815-819.
  • Betty Mbatia, Patrick Adlercreutz, Francis Mulaa, Bo Mattiasson. Enzymatic enrichment of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in Nile perch (Lates niloticus) viscera oil (2010). European journal of lipid science and technology 112, (9), 977-984.  
  • Betty Mbatia, Patrick Adlercreutz, Francis Mulaa, Bo Mattiasson. Strategies for the enzymatic enrichment of PUFA from fish oil. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology 113 (6), 717–723.
  • Burugu, M. W., Mbatia, B. N., Osir, E. O., Kenya, E. U. and Abubakar, L. U. The Glossina proteolytic lectin (Gpl) gene is expressed only in members of Glossina species (2007). International Journal of Tropical Insect Science 27: 145-151.


KE/P/2015/002247­Increasing the consumption of essential long chain fatty acids through fortification of yogurt with Omega­3 PUFA from Nile Perch fish oil.


Biochemistry of Biomolecules, Enzymology, Biochemistry of Specialized tissues, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Sustainable Resources Management, Community Service.

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