Novel sugar compound discovery for industry
My work focuses on bioprospecting, biochemistry and the genetics of novel exopolysaccharides (EPS) from marine bacteria alongside my industrial partner.
There is a huge demand for novel EPS from the medical industry to replace and enhance existing products used in surgeries.
Marine bacteria often have unique structures and confer increased biocompatibility with humans compared to terrestrial bacteria, making the ocean a gold mine for novelty.
Using a range of techniques, including microbiological, GC-FID, cloning, expression and rheological, amongst others, the goal is to develop a toolbox of novel polysaccharides for use within the surgical field and to understand the requirements for synthetic carbohydrate chemistry.
Dr David Green, SAMS
Dr Arlene Ditchfield, SAMS
2015 ENVExpo, University of East Anglia
2015 Postgraduate Conference, Plymouth University
2017 Postgraduate Conference, SAMS UHI
Other research outputs
My Masters research was presented to the Cook Islands government on my behalf. I was bioprospecting for novel fluorescent proteins.
2017 Lab Assistant. University of Exeter
2016 Biotechnologist. Protein Technologies Ltd
2015 MRes Applied Marine Science. University of Plymouth
2014 BSc (Hons) Maritime Science. University of Plymouth
BSc Hons Marine Science: Assisting teaching in third-year biotechnology laboratory practicals
Have taught many secondary school students biotechnological and synthetic biology techniques such as DNA cloning, industrial scale-up and protein expression.
International collaboration with California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and the government of the Cook Islands during my masters at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Fieldwork was carried out in Aitutaki, Cook Islands, bioprospecting for novel fluorescent proteins in coral reefs.
Public engagement experience
Have delivered talks to secondary schools about fluorescent proteins and biotechnology.
2015: Delivered a talk to the then Secretary of Defence, Michael Fallon, during my Master at PML.
Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology
Professional training courses