Department of Life and Consumer Sciences

Dr MA Nyila

College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
School of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Life and Consumer Sciences
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 011 471 2294
E-mail: nyilama@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • BSc (Majors in  Microbiology and Biochemistry) University of the Western Cape, 1990) 
  • BSc (Honours in Microbiology) (University of the Western Cape, 1991) 
  • Higher Education Diploma (Postgraduate) (UNISA, 1995)
  • MSc (Environmental Biotechnology, Rhodes University, 2001)
  • Advanced Certificate in Outcome-based Assessment in Higher Education and Open Distance Learning (UNISA, 2009)
  • PhD  (Plant Science /Botany) University of Pretoria,2010)

Fields of academic interests

Teaching interests

  • Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Phytomedicine

Research interests

  • Phytomedicine; Phytochemistry
  • South African medicinal plants with antibacterial activity against foodborne pathogens
  • Medicinal plants with activity against  Listeria monocytogenes

Books

Book chapters:

  • Morobe, I. C. Obi, C. L., Nyila, M. A., Matsheka M.I., Gashe B.A. 2012. Molecular Characterization and Serotyping of Listeria monocytogenes with a Focus on Food Safety and Disease Prevention, In : Jose C. Jimenez-Lopez (Ed).Biochemical Testing. Intech- Open Access Publisher, Rijeka, Croatia pp 197-216 (ISBN 978-953-51-0249-6)

Journal articles

  • M.A. Nyila, C.M. Leonard A.A. Hussein, N. Lall. 2012. Activity of South African medicinal plants against Listeria monocytogenes biofilms, and isolation of active compounds from Acacia karroo. South African Journal of Botany 78, 220-227.
  • Monde A. Nyila, Carmen M. Leonard, Ahmed A. Hussein, Namrita Lall. 2009. Bioactivities of Plectranthus ecklonii Constituents. Natural Product Communications 4(9): 1177-1180.
  • Morobe, I. C. Obi, C. L., Nyila, M. A., Gashe, B. A. and Matsheka, M. I. 2009. Prevalence, antimicrobial resistance profiles of Listeria monocytognes from various foods in Gaborone, Botswana. African Journal of Biotechnology 8(22): 6383-6387
  • Frederick Tawi Tabit, Naomi Tope Komolafe, Thilivhali Emmanuel Tshikalange,  and Monde Alfred Nyila. 2016. Phytochemical Constituents and Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of Selected Plants Used Traditionally as a Source of Food. Journal  of Medicinal  Food  19 (3) 324–329

Paper presentations

International Conference : Peer Reviewed Conference Output
Type: Refereed/Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings

Year: 2010

  • Morobe I.C., Obi C.L., Nyila M.A., Matsheka M.L. and Gashe B.A.
    Molecular characterization and stereotyping of Listeria monocyogenes from various foods in Gaborone, Botswana. Walter Sisulu University International Research Conference, Mthatha Eastern Cape Province, South Africa 18-20 August 2010

Poster Presentation

  • Nyila MA., Lall, Leonard C, Weyers B, Meyer JJM. 2007. Susceptibility testing of Listeria monocytogenes using disk method and microtitre plate (micro broth dilution) method.
    55th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research. September 2-6, 2007, Graz, Austria

Conference Proceedings (Peer-reviewed)

  • Nyila MA., Lall, Leonard C, Weyers B, Meyer JJM. 2007. Susceptibility testing of Listeria monocytogenes using disk method and microtitre plate (micro broth dilution) method . Planta Medica Volume 73: 848