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Dr. Francisca Bassey

Associate Professor
Pure and Applied Chemistry
fibassey@unical.edu.ng

Francisca Bassey is an Associate Professor of Organic (Food) Chemistry with the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Calabar and the immediate past/pioneer Director of the Directorate of Pre-Degree Program in the University of Calabar. Prior to her appointment as Director, she was elected to the office of the Sub-dean of Science where she served for two consecutive terms (the third female to hold the position and the onlyone to serve two terms). Francisca Bassey obtained her first degree from the University of Lagos and subsequent degrees (M. Sc, PGDM, MBA, Ph. D) from the University of Calabar were she has taught and supervised both undergraduate and post graduate students. Her research focus has been in the area of Food Chemistry with emphasis on the formulation of novel weaning foods from locally available ingredients, shelf-stability of processed food, effects of different processing methods on the physic0-chemical properties/reactions of food, and environmental impact on chemical properties of foods with emphasis on Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their associated health risks. Francisca Bassey is a recipient of the prestigious American FULBRIGHT scholarship (University of Georgia, USA), Fellow of the FULBRIGHT Alumni Association and member of various professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON), Institute of Food Technology, USA, Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Organization for Women Scientist in Developing Countries (OWSD) and many others. She is the pioneer/current Cross River state coordinator of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST). She has received outstanding national awards both in Education and the circular world.  She is a recipient of the Best Youth Corps Member Award (during her service year with the tactical Air Command, NAF). She has to her credit not less than 40 scholarly publications, most of which are in reputed international Journals. Francisca has attended and presented papers in reputable conferences both locally and internationally. She has held positions as Managing Editor, Business and Associate Editor in various Scientific Journals. She is also a volunteer at the American Corner, Calabar, a place she passionately proposed and fought for to be established in the state from where she reaches out to/mentors youth across the state in both secondary and tertiary institutions of learning. Francisca is a good team player often playing the dual role of a good follower and leader. She has a passion for the youths and is blessed with three lovely kids to raise and mentor amongst many others.

Iwegbue, C.M.A, Omotekoro, S. E., Godwin E. N., Bassey, F.I. & Bise, S. M. (2017). Evaluation of Human Exposure to Metals from Some Commonly used Bathing Soaps and Shower Gels in Nigeria. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 83, 38 – 45.


Effiong, I.A., Bassey, F.I., Iwegbue, C.M.A, Ekpa,O.D.,Williams,S.A.,Oguntunde,F.C.,Osabor,V.N., (2016). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Three Commercially Available Fish Species from the Bonny and Cross River Estuaries in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Environ Monit Assess, 188: 508.


Iwegbue, C.M.A, Bassey, F.I., Obi, G., Tesi, G.O., Martincigh, B.S., (2016). Concentrations and Exposure Risks of Some Metals in Facial Cosmetics in Nigeria. Toxicology report. 3: 464 – 472.


Iwegbue, C.M.A, Bassey, F.I., IwekumoAgbozu, E.A. & Obi, G., (2016). Concentrations and Risks of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Smoke-Cured Fish Products in Nigeria. International Journal of Environmental Studies. Online.


Iwegbue, C.M.A, Tesi, G.O., Bassey, F.I., Martincigh, B.S., Nwajei, G.E. & Ucheaga, C., (2016). Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Water- and Gin-Based Tea Infusions of Selected Tea Brands in Nigeria. Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 36:564-586.


Iwegbue, C.M.A, Onyeloni, S.O., Bassey, F.I., Tesi, G.O., & Martincigh, B.S., (2016). Safety Evaluation of Metal Exposure from Commonly Used Hair Dyes and Tattoo Inks in Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Health. Vol 78(6):26-30


Iwegbue, C.M.A.,Bassey, F.I., Tesi, G.O., Onyeloni, S.O. , Obi, G. & Martincigh, B.S. (2015). Safety Evaluation of Metal Exposure from Commonly Used Moisturizing and Skin-Lightening Creams in Nigeria. Journal of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.  71: 484 – 490.


Osabor V. N., Bassey, F. I., & Umoh, U.U. (2015). Environmental Health Implication and Ecotoxicological Effects of Carcinogenic Metals in Sediment, Periwinkle (TypanotonusFuscatus), Prawns (PenaeusEsculentus) and Fish (ClariasGariepinus) Of Calabar River South Eastern Niger Delta Nigeria. International Scientific Research Journal.  4(7): 88-98.


Osabor V. N., Bassey, F. I., & Umoh U. U.,(2015). Phytochemical Screening and Quantitative Evaluation of Nutritional Values of ZingiberOfficinale (Ginger). American Chemical Science Journal. 8(4): 1-6.


Osabor V. N., Bassey, F. I. & K. A. Ibe (2015). Chemical Profile of the Endocarp and Exocarp of Yellow Monkey Cola (ColaLepidota). Global Journal of Pure & Applied Sciences. Vol. 21, 33 – 39.


Osabor V. N., Bassey, F. I. & Ivara S. E. (2015). Chemical Profiling of African Guinea Pepper Fruit (Xylopia Aethiopica). Journal of Medicinal Plant & Therapy Research. 3(2): 10 – 15.


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Tessi, G.O., Bassey, F.I. & Martincigh, B.S., (2015). Concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Some Brands of Candies and Chocolates in Nigeria. Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods. Published online.


Iwegbue, C.M.A.,Bassey, F.I., Tesi, G.O.,  Overah, L.O., Onyeloni,S.O. & Martincigh,B.S., (2014). Concentrations and Health Risk Assessment of Metals in Chewing Gums, Peppermints and Sweets in Nigeria. Journal of Food Measurement and Characterization. 8(4). Published Online.


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Tesi, G.O., Overah, L.O., Bassey, F.I., Nwadukwe,F.O. & Martincigh, B.S. (2014). Concentration and Profiles of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Some Popular Fish Species in Nigeria. Journal of Food Protection. 1-10. Published Online .


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Ojelum, A. L. & Bassey, F.I., (2014). A Survey of Metal Profile in Traditional Alcoholic Beverages in Nigeria. Journal of Food Science and Nutrition.  2(6): 724-733.


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Onyonyewoma, U.A., Bassey, F.I., Nwajei, G.E. & Martincigh, B.S. (2014). Concentrations and Health Risk of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Some Brands of Biscuits in the Nigerian Market. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment. 1-20. Published Online.


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Edeme, J.N., Tesi, G.O., Bassey, F.I., Nwajei, G.E., (2014). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Concentrations in Commercially Available Infant Formulae in Nigeria: Estimation of Dietary Intakes and Risk Assessment. Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.  72: 221-227.


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Overah, L.C. , Tesi, G.O., Bassey, F.I. & Martincigh, B.S. (2014). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Profiles of Some Brands of Canned Fish in the Nigerian market. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: 1- 12. Published Online.


Iwegbue, C.M.A., Overah, L.C., Bassey, F.I. , Martincigh, B. S., (2014). Trace Metal Concentration in Distilled Alcoholic Beverages and Liquors in Nigeria. Journal of Institute of Brewing and Distilling. 120: 521-528.


Bassey, F.I., Oguntunde, F.C., Iwegbue, C.M.A., V. N. Osabor and Christopher C. Edem (2013). Effects of Processing on the proximate and Metal Content in Three Fish Species from Nigerian Coastal Waters. Journal of Food Science and Nutrition. Doi: 10.1002/Fsn3.102.


Iwegbue, C.M.A &   Bassey, F.I. (2013). Concentration and Health Hazards of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Selected Commercial Brand of Milk. Food Measurement and Characterization. 7(4):177-184.


Iwegbue, C.M.A, Nwozo, S.O. , Overah, C.L., Bassey, F.I. &  Nwajei,.G.E. (2013). Concentrations of Selected Metals in Some Ready to Eat Foods Consumed In Southern Nigeria: Estimation of Dietary Intake and Target Hazard Quotients. Turkish Journal of Agriculture- Food Science and Technology. 1(1): 1-7.


Bassey, F.I., Mcwatters, K.H., Edem, C.A.,& Iwegbue, C.M.A. (2013). Formulation and nutritional evaluation of Weaning Food Processed from Cooking Banana, Supplemented with Cowpea and Peanut. Journal of Food Science and Nutrition. 5: 384-391.


Bassey, F.I., Mcwaters, K.H., Edem, C.A., Dosunmu, M.I., Ebenso, E.E., & Iwegbue, C.M.A., (2013). Effect of Storage Environment on the Extent of Lipid Oxidation in Peanut and Cowpea Based in Infant Food. Asian Journal of Chemistry. 25(16):9329-9333.


Bassey, F.I., Chinnan, M.S., Ebenso,E.E., Edem,C.A. & Iwegbue,C.M.A., (2013). Colour Change: An Indicator of the Extent of Maillard Browning Reaction in Food System. Asian journal of chemistry. 25(16):9325-9328.


Edem, C.A., Dosunmu, M.I. & Bassey, F.I. (2009).Determination of proximate Composition Ascorbic Acid and Heavy Metal Content of African Walnut (TetracarpidiuConophorum). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition 8(5):582-584.


Edem, C.A., Dosunmu, M.I. & Bassey, F. I., Wilson, C. & Umoren, P. (2009). A Comparative Assessment of Proximate Composition Ascorbic Acid and Heavy Metal Content of Two Species of Garden Egg, (SolanumGilo and SolanumAubergine). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition  8(5):225-226.


Iwegbue, C.M.A, Tesi, G. O, Bassey, F.I., Overah,C. I. & Nwaji,  G.E., (2012). Heavy Metals contents in Some Brands of Cigarette and Marijuana (CannabisSativa) in Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences.  7(1&2): 35-40.


Edem, C,A., Dosunmu, M, I. & Bassey, F.I., (2009). Distribution of Heavy Metals in Leaves, Stems and Roots of Fluted Pumpkin (TelfeiriaOccidentalis). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition. 8(2):222-224.


Bassey, F.I., Iwegbue, C.M.A., Obi-Iyere, G. E., Tesi, G.O., Rotu, A.R., Gobe, O.A. & Tsafe, A.I., (2014). Heavy Metals in Soils and Tomatoes Grown in Urban Fringe Environment in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences.  22(1&2): 27-31.


Iwegbue, C.M.A.,Bassey, F.I., Tesi, G.O. , Nwajei,G.E. & Tsefe (2013). Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination on Soils around Cassava Processing Mills in Sub-Urban Areas of Delta State, Southern Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Applied Science. 21(2): 96-104.


Bassey, F.I., Iwegbue, C.M.A., Arimoro, F.O., (2013). Distribution of Metals in Sediment Core of Orogodo River, Southern Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Basic and Applied Science.  21(1). Published Online.


Nwajei, G.E., Igwebue, C.M.A., Bassey, F.I., Onakpoma, J. E., Obi-Iyeke, G. E. & Nwajei, R. I. (2012). Bio Accumulation Trend of Trace Elements In Water Hyacinth (EichhorniaCrassiples) From Oleri River Near Delta State Steel Company, Alabja. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences  1(1&2): 38-40.


Iwegbue, C. M. A., Bassey, F.I., Agbozu, I. & Nwaji, G.E., (2012). Concentration of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Some Popular smoked Fish Consumed in Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Pure Sciences  7( 1&2): 41-51.


Osabor, V.N., Bassey, F.I., & Edem, C.A.  (2011). Chemical profile of the Leaves of PhymatodesScolopendria (Giant Polypody). International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences. 6 (1& 2): 45-50.


Osabor, V.N., Bassey, F.I. & Edem, C.A. (2010). Effect of Processing on Nutritional and Phytochemical compositions of ParkiaBiglobosa (DawaDawa). International Journal for Natural and Applied Sciences. 5 (1& 2): 67-73.


Bassey, F.I., Dosunmu, M.I., Edem, C.A. & Ekpenyong, I.A. (2006). Evaluation of the Nutritional Quality of Novel Weaning Food Processed From Cooking Banana and Supplemented with Legumes: Invitro Digestibility and Amino Acid Profile. International Journal for Natural and Applied Sciences. 2 (2):153-159.


Bassey, F.I., Mcwatters, K.H., Dosunmu, M.I. &. Edem, C.A. (2006). Evaluation of Some physiochemical/Functional Properties of Novel Weaning Food Processed from Cooking Banana, Supplemented with Cowpea and Peanut. International Journal for Natural and Applied Sciences.  2(1): 159-164.


Bassey, F.I .& Dosunmu, M.I. (2003). Proximate Composition and Functional Properties of Raw and Processed (Steeped Boiled and Roasted) Plaintain (MusaParadisaca) Flour. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Science.  9(4): 503-509.


Dosunmu, M.I., & Bassey, F.I., (2003). A Comparative Study of the Starch Pasting Properties of Unprocessed and Processes Cassava (Manihot Esculenta) Plaintain (Musa Paradisiaca) and Banana (Musa Sapientum) Flours. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Science. 4: 517-522.

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Showing All Conferences Attended

 Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Umuahia, Nigeria
Evaluation of the Effect of the Macro/Micro Environment on the Shelf Stability of Processed Cassava (Garri).
Start: Monday 20th June, 2016
End: Friday 24th June, 2016
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo Chicago, USA
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo Chicago, USA
Start: Monday 6th July, 2015
End: Thursday 9th July, 2015
Concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Three Commercially
Available Fish Species from Bonny and Cross Rivers, and Associated Health Risk.
Start: Monday 11th July, 2016
End: Friday 15th July, 2016
 OMICS International Conference and Exhibition on Nutrition, Chicago, USA
Concentrations and risks of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in smoke-cured fish products in Nigeria
Start: Monday 26th October, 2015
End: Friday 30th October, 2015
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo New Orleans, USA
: Effect of Storage Environment on The Extent of Lipid Oxidation In Peanut and Cowpea Based Infant Food.
Start: Monday 27th June, 2011
End: Thursday 30th June, 2011
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo New Orleans, USA
Concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Three Commercially Available Fish Species from Bonny and Cross Rivers, and Associated Health Risk.
Start: Monday 9th June, 2014
End: Friday 13th June, 2014
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo Chicago, USA
Comparative Evaluation of Proximate Composition and Heavy Metals Content of Fish Species (Polydactylusquadratifilis, Chrysichthysnigrodigitatus and Cynoglossus senegalensis) From the Ikang River, Southern Nigeria.
Start: Monday 22nd July, 2013
End: Friday 26th July, 2013
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo Las Vegas, USA
Colour Change: An Indicator of the Extent of Maillard Browning Reaction in Food a System.
Start: Monday 2nd July, 2012
End: Friday 6th July, 2012
 Institute of Food Technologist Annual Conference and Food Expo Las Vegas, USA
Formulation and Nutritional Evaluation of Weaning Food Processed from Cooking Banana, Supplemented with Cowpea and Peanut.
Start: Monday 2nd July, 2012
End: Friday 6th July, 2012
 Family Medicine update programme on Nutrition and the Family, Calabar, Nigeria
Food, Nutrition and Health
Start: Monday 14th March, 2016
End: Friday 18th March, 2016
No Results for Grants/Awards Received