Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge

Kilonzo-nthengeResearch Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences


Contact Information:
Office Location: 111E C.A.R.P. Hall  
Telephone:  615-963-5437
FAX:  615-963-5157 

Research Areas:

•Antimicrobial Drug  Resistance of Foodborne Pathogens
•Microbial safety of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
•Characterization of microorganisms in consumer homes

Most Significant Publications:

Kilonzo-Nthenge Agnes, E. Rotich, S. Godwin, S. Nahashon, and F. Chen. 2012. Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance of Cronobacter sakazakii Isolated from Domestic Kitchens in Middle Tennessee, United States. J. Food Prot. 75:1512-1517

Agnes K. Kilonzo-Nthenge (2012). Gamma Irradiation for Fresh Produce, Gamma Radiation, Feriz Adrovic (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0316-5, InTech, Available from:

Fur-Chi Chen,Sandria L. Godwin and, Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge. 2011. Relationship between Cleaning Practices and Microbiological Contamination in Domestic Kitchens. Food Protection Trends, Vol. 31, No. 11, Pages 672–67

Kilonzo-Nthenge, E. Rotich, S. Godwin and T. Huang. 2009. Consumer Storage Period and Temperature for Peanut Butter and Their Effects on Survival of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7. J. Food Prot Trends, Vol. 29, No. 11, Pages 787–792.

Kilonzo-Nthenge, S. N. Nahashon, F. Chen, and N. Adefope. 2008. Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance of Pathogenic Bacteria in Chicken and Guinea Fowl. Poult. Sc.87:1841-1848

Kilonzo-Nthenge Agnes, F. Chen, and S.Godwin. 2008. Occurrence of Listeria and  Enterobacteriaceae in Domestic Refrigerators. J. Food Prot. 71:608-612

Kilonzo-Nthenge Agnes, Jean. S. Weese, Melvin Carter, and Cheng-I Wei, and Tung- Shi Huang. 2007. Efficacy of Gamma Irradiation and Aqueous Chlorine on Escherichia 

Kilonzo-Nthenge Agnes, F. Chen, and S. Godwin. 2006. Efficacy of home washing methods in removing microbial contamination from the surface of fresh produce. J. Food Prot. 69:330-334

Chen, Fur-Chi., Y.-H. Hsieh Peggy, C. Bridgman, and Kilonzo-Nthenge Agnes. 2006. Kinetics of Tropomyosin Denaturation as a Predictive Model for Verifying Thermal Processing of Beef Products.  J. Food Prot. 69: 2447-2453


AGSC 3530 – Food Microbiology 

Recent Honors and Awards:

•Distinguished Research Support Scientist Award December, 2007

•Auburn university Presidential Graduate Fellowship 1999-2003

•Certificate of Excellence in Research Auburn University 2000

•Institute of Food Technology Paper Competition Award 2000


B.Sc (Ag). – University of East African, Eldoret, Kenya M.Sc Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
Ph.D. – Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Date joined staff:  2003

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