Key IFR Contacts
Dr Siân Astley
Pathway to Personalised Nutrition
joined IFR in 1992 on a Food and Drink Federation
PhD fellowship, studying carotenoids and vitamin E
affect DNA damage. Following her PhD award in 1997,
her work was expanded to include affects of dietary
compounds in human volunteers. At the beginning of
2004 she became the communications manager for the
Network of Excellence “The European Nutrigenomics
Organisation: linking genomics, nutrition and health
research”. Although she says, "I will always
think of myself primarily as a research scientist,
making the science others do accessible, is key to
benefiting those that pay for it!"
Microbiology & Risk Assessment
József's interests turned to
biomathematics while working in the Microbiology Department
of Uppsala University, Sweden, 1988-90. He joined
to IFR in 1990 and since then, he has been working
in the area of Predictive Microbiology, focussing
on the mathematical modelling of microbial responses
to the food environment. His special interests include
dynamic and stochastic models.
He has been coordinating and participating in several
projects funded by UK government, EU and industry.
He was invited expert in several EC programmes and
other international projects; invited and keynote
speaker of numerous workshops and conferences. He
is author of ca. 40 refereed papers and three book
Clare graduated from the University
of Bristol with a degree in Biochemistry in 1979.
Following working at the then Glaxo Research at Ware
she went to study for a PhD at the University of Kent.
After working at the Department of Health in 1985
she joined IFR working in the Biorecognition and Immunology
Group and became head of the Physical Biochemistry
Group in 1999. She has worked with allergenic food
proteins from peanut and milk, studying their physicochemical
properties after processing using a range of protein
biochemical and immunological methods. Clare is the
co-ordinator of the EU integrated project EuroPrevall
(www.europrevall.org - goes live 01.10.05) studying
food allergy with over 50 partners and has also participated
in a number of EU research projects with various partners.
Keith graduated in Biochemistry from
Edinburgh University (Biochemistry) 1981, and followed
this with a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Keith
is now a Senior Scientist at IFR, whose research revolves
around plant cell walls in relation to quality of
food. Keith is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology,
and was recently elected as an Honorary Member of
the Royal Institution
Structure and Nutrition
Peter joined the Process Physics Department
at IFR in 1985, following a degree in Biophysics at
UEA. He has over 20 years research experience investigating
the interfacial properties of proteins and emulsifiers
using a range of physical techniques. The focus of
Peter's research has been to understand how proteins
and other food ingredients stabilise foams and emulsions.
He now heads a project in the Structuring Food for
Health programme, investigating ways by which this
knowledge can be used to create healthier food structures.
Dr Reg Wilson
Direct & Quality Throughout Shelf-Life
Reg is a graduate of Chelsea College,
University of London with a DSc (Chemistry) awarded
in 2001. Reg is currently Head of Science Operations
and a member of the Institute Executive Board. He has
over 20 years experience in infrared and Raman spectroscopy
and still has research interests in the spectroscopy
and mechanics of the plant cell wall, sensing &
control and food authentication.
This Cluster has moved from events to
research projects, with submissions to BBSRC Responsive
Mode and Defra LINK.
Steve's research is primarily concerned
with the chemistry and behaviour of carbohydrate polymers.
He has a track record of developing patented technology
that can be used in targetting release of pharmaceuticals
in the large intestine