Nokuthula is currently a postdoctoral researcher for the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Food Systems (ARUA-SFS). Her research interests include exploring the potential of neglected and underutilised species for food and nutrition security, as well as the potential use of non-conventional food processing techniques to improve the nutritional quality of the neglected and underutilised species. Her work focuses on addressing the problem of reliance on and consumption of monotonous diets of highly processed food with low nutritional value. She believes that her research will make a meaningful contribution towards rebuilding African food systems to be healthier, more resilient, more diverse, and inclusive.
Nokuthula also has an interest in science engagement, and has developed and facilitated science communication training, as well as facilitating engagements between researchers and different stakeholders. She is particularly interested in the use of science communication by scientists to achieve broader impact and reach multiple publics.
Nokuthula is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and a member of the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST). She is an advisory board member of the Southern African Prostate Cancer Study (SAPCS-iDZOM), an initiative that was created to raise the profile of prostate cancer as a research and public health focus.
Nokuthula holds qualifications in Nutrition, Food Science, Development Practice, Public Health, and Science Communication.