• Room 0G.103 - Biological Sciences

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
◦AMR - development of plant-based antimicrobial alternatives
◦Health and disease in humans and animals
◦Food safety, quality and nutrition
◦Rapid immunodiagnostic for chemical contaminants and biomarkers


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Research Interests

  • AMR - development of plant-based antimicrobial alternatives
  • Health and disease in humans and animals
  • Food safety, quality and nutrition
  • Rapid immunodiagnostic for chemical contaminants and biomarkers

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a huge threat encompassing health and economic burdens in every region of the globe. Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can accelerate the natural evolution of microorganisms and the associated consequence has been further implicated by the lack of development of new antibiotics over the past 40 years. Responsible use of antibiotics and development of antibiotic alternatives are paramount in combatting AMR.

Traditional herbal medicine, sustained by near 7000 years of anecdotal theory and practice, still remains as major healthcare systems in many parts of the world and is very different from the mainstream of western medicine. My research interest in this area focuses on the development of plant-based phytochemicals as safer and sustainable alternative to therapeutic antibiotics for use in humans and animals. We have developed in-house expertise spanning from initial screening to isolation and identification of bio-compound, as well as toxicity evaluation and mode of action study to decipher the traditional knowledge of herbal remedy. We will collaborate with other research institution and industry (pharmaceutical, food and nutritional) to explore both therapeutic and health potential of botanicals as antimicrobial agents for tackling AMR, as nutraceuticals for promoting health and general well-being in humans, and as natural supplements for enhancing health and productivity of food animals.

My other research lies in the development of immunochemical and molecular methods utilising a range of biotechnological platforms including SPR biosensor and nanotechnology. I have participated and coordinated a series of EU Framework Programme projects (FP4-FP7) since 1998 and developed a range of commercial diagnostic kits for detection of small and large molecules such as antibiotic residues, chemicals proteins and biomarkers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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