Dr Cletos Mapiye obtained his BSc Agriculture (Hons) (2002) and MSc Animal Science (2004) degrees with merit from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD degree in Animal Science (2010) from the University of Fort Hare. Dr Mapiye’s pre-doctoral career involved stints as a Pasture and Ruminant Research Scientist (2003-2005) at Grasslands Research Station (Ministry of Agriculture, Zimbabwe) and Animal Science Lecturer (2005-2007) at Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe. His post-doctoral career includes his services as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Production at the National University of Rwanda (2010-2011) and Post-doctoral Fellow in the Meat Lipid Lab at Lacombe Research Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2011-2013). In November 2013, Dr Mapiye was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal Science at Stellenbosch University. He contributes to teaching of undergraduate courses in Meat Science and Beef Production, and supervision of graduate students. In addition, he has been guest lecturing and externally examining thesis for many universities in Southern Africa.
Dr Mapiye’s research program focuses on finding sustainable ways of manipulating meat quality and lipid composition to improve meat eating quality, shelf-life and healthfulness. He is a National Research Foundation Y2 (Young Promising) rated scientist with over 80 refereed scientific publications, 5 invited papers and over 45 conference proceedings papers/abstracts. To date, Cletos has supervised/co-supervised 5 MSc and currently supervises/co-supervises 5 MSc and 4 PhD students.