Ms Lusia N.N.P Heita Biography

Research Interests

  • Food microbiology and safety
  • New product development
  • Food quality assurance

Phone:   061 206 3952
Fax:       061 206 3684


Biography in brief

Lusia N.N.P. Heita graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Food Science and Technology) Honours 2011 at University of Namibia.  She has worked for MRC after graduation as a Post Graduate Research Fellow for a year, where she is still today.

Since she joined MRC, she has been involved in the project within the IKST food program under the supervision of Dr. A. Cheikhyoussef. The work was based mostly in the laboratory experiments, carrying out microbiological analysis on Namibian traditional foods and beverages samples collected from Karas Region. The research work had three sections:
Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB) Screening, Identification and Characterization, Yeast detection and Identification; and Enterobacteriaceae Screening, Identification and Characterization.

 She is currently registered with her master by research in Food Science titled: Antimicrobial activity profiles of traditional fermented milks starter cultures from North-East Namibia. The overall aim of the study is to isolate and investigate the antimicrobial properties of LAB isolates from traditional fermented sour milks from north-east part of Namibia (Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Caprivi and Kavango) with potential for food safety application to control and eliminate the growth of harmful products in food.


University Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Food Science and Technology) Honors’ 2011

Other Training:

  • Regional training workshop on indigenous food fermentations 29th – 31st    March 2011, Durban, SoutAfrica
  • Navigation training for postgraduate students at University Of Namibia, May 2012.
  • Introductory Phylogenetic & Bioinformatics Analysis course 18 – 22 June 2012
  • University Of Namibia-University of Nottingham Genomic/ transcriptome Analysis, July 2012


Involved as a co-investigator

  • Ethnobotanical, Phytochemical Profiling, Antimicrobial and Antioxidants activities of indigenous Namibian fruits
  • Pilot Study on the Traditional Foods Consumption and Health Indicators among UNAM Students.


Lusia Heita and Ahmad Cheikhyoussef, 2012. Study on Fermented Milk (Omashikwa) in Northern Namibia (Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto and Omusati) Regions; Field Trip Report. Multidisciplinary Research Centre (MRC), University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia.