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I have a great passion for science and am extremely motivated by the exciting research opportunities in Food Science that can help people in the community eat healthier and live happier.
I'm a strong believer of "Food as Medicine" and am confident that the new tradition is food for Health and Nutrition with a desirable taste, not food for Hunger anymore.
My current research focuses on the development of;
- delivery systems for bioactive compounds (e.g. polyphenols), as natural medicines.
- novel functional foods as delivery vehicles for delivering bioactive compounds to the human body through a normal dietary practice.
- the behaviour of the encapsulated bioactive compounds within the functional foods and within the gastrointestinal tract.
My research is both consumer and industry-oriented since the end products (functional foods containing protected bioactive compounds) can have substantial environmental and social impacts through the accessibility of the developed novel foods for the people in the community.
I believe my focus on food innovation and development of functional foods is an answer to the ‘real life questions’ as I strongly believe in ‘tasty food for health and nutrition backed by credible science’. This means the development of desirable novel functional foods containing bioactive compounds, to prevent many chronic diseases in the community.
My research platform is best described as oral delivery of bioactive compounds, in particular, polyphenols (e.g. antioxidants), via functional foods. While my general research lies in the development of methods/technologies that protect/encapsulate bioactives, I am specifically interested in the behaviour of the bioactive compounds in the food matrix and gastrointestinal tract, with a particular focus on polyphenol-enriched functional foods.
Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Biological Sciences (060000):
Nanomanufacturing (100707): Nanomedicine (100709): Nanotechnology (100700):
Other Biological Sciences (069900):