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University of Reading Analytical Chemistry PhD Projects

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  Biotechnological production microbial lipids rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
  Dr A Chatzifragkou, Dr D Charalampopoulos
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Linolenic acid (GLA, ω-6 family) is a medicinally and nutritionally important polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) with a broad spectrum of applications, extending from food supplements to anti-cancer formulations.
  Integrative approach to valorise vegetable waste
  Dr M Oruna-Concha, Assoc Prof P Jauregi, Dr L Methven
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The FAO estimates that around one third of all food produced worldwide is not consumed, which represents around 1.3 billion tons per year, and is wasted throughout the whole food chain, from farmers to consumers.
  Modulation of fortified foods for older adults
  Dr L Methven, Dr S Lignou
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Protein requirements increase with age as protein can help minimise sarcopenia and improve immunity. However protein fortified foods are often poorly accepted by older adults and can lead to numerous negative sensory attributes.
  Multi-omics data fusion for better understanding of host-microbe interactions in health and disease
  Dr A Wijeyesekera, Dr S Gweon
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"The rapid development and adoption of high-throughput, high resolution analytical technologies (e.g. genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics) has resulted in the generation of an avalanche of omics data.
  Death and religion in Londinium: organic residue analysis of ‘ritual’ ceramic vessels.
  Dr H Eckardt, Dr L Cramp
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Ceramic vessels in London thought to have had a ‘ritual’ function include tazze, unguentaria, face pots and triple vases, found in a wide range of deposits including domestic rubbish pits as well as in cemeteries and temple sites.
  “Operando” Characterisation of oxide-supported bimetallic Pd/Pt Nanocatalysts
  Dr G Held
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"“Operando” studies of catalyst surfaces under reaction conditions have emerged recently as a very valuable tool for improving catalysts for energy applications and exhaust purification.
  Carbohydrate analysis for biomedical applications.
  Dr S Allman
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Changes in the patterns of carbohydrates produced by the cell can provide insights into disease states, revealing perturbations and differences in cellular metabolic processes.
  Cationic antimicrobial peptides as anticancer agents
  Dr R Green, Prof R A Frazier
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Cationic peptides are widespread in nature where they play a key role in host defense within plants and animals. The mechanism by which these peptides interact with cell membranes potentially leads to these being less prone to antimicrobial resistance than conventional antibiotics.
  Design and synthesis of novel, targeted, anti-cancer agents
  Prof H Osborn, Dr F Greco
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One of the major problems of cancer chemotherapy is that the drugs used have poor selectivities for cancer cells and cause damage to normal cells and organs.
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