Alexandra Hart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science & Technology, Rivers State University of Science & Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She joined the service of the University in 1981 as an Assistant Lecturer. From there she went on to the University of Southampton, UK on a study fellowship where she obtained a Doctorate degree in Human Nutrition in 1987, working with Professor R.F. Grimble on “the Effect of Methylxanthines on Lactational Performance”. On return to her present employment, she became Head of Department from 1990-1995, combining teaching and research activities with administrative responsibilities and was Sub-Dean, Faculty of Agriculture from 2003-2005. With her wide experience in research, she has several scientific publications in reputable national and international journals. She is a member of several professional associations and currently serving on the editorial boards of the Nigerian Journal of Nutritional Sciences and the Delta Agriculturist.
She has served as external examiner in University of Nigeria Nsukka and University of Agriculture, Makurdi both in Nigeria. Her current research activities include nutrition/food consumption studies, heavy metals in foods of aquatic and terrestrial origin and milk yield from the West African dwarf goat. Research activities outside the University include active participation in several national food consumption and nutrition surveys. She is currently serving as a resource person on Women-in Agriculture project with the Agricultural Development Programme in Rivers and Bayelsa States in Nigeria. She was one time National Vice President of the Diabetes Association of Nigeria, in which she has made immense contributions to the management of diabetes in Rivers State in particular and Nigeria at large.
Prior to her present appointment with the University she had obtained a four year diploma in Dietetics from Leeds Polytechnic UK and worked as Dietician in David Lewis Northern Hospital, Liverpool and Whithington Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom from 1970-1972.
On return to Nigeria in 1972, Dr. Hart set up the Dietetic Department of the General Hospital, Port Harcourt (now University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital), combining this with lecturing in dietetics at the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Port Harcourt. She later returned to Britain on study leave for a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College (now Kings College), University of London.
After returning home, in quest of further academics, she went back to the University, this time the University of Ibadan in Nigeria for a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition. From thence she resigned and joined the University to satisfy the urge for academics and has continued there to date.
Clearly, Dr. Alexander Hart is a role model for the many young women scholars who wish to pursue a career in the academic field. We at AJFAND are proud to be associated with her. Dr. Hart, we wish you all the best that the Almighty has to offer you. Thank you for allowing us to use your PROFILE. Ed. AJFAND