Areas of Research
Poential areas of research include:
Nutraceuticals – The Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) is a Research Centre set-up with IT Tralee to identify the presence of Bioactive Components in Natural Resources. Food Science – Microbial Bioactivity Screening of Foods. Bioassay Development – Bioanalysis Development of Enzymatic & Spectrophotometric Assays for application in Analysis of Food Constituents, etc.
Environmental Monitoring & Management
Development of Analytical Methods for Pollution Control, Wastewater Treatment Management and Control, Bio-monitoring and Sensor Technology for Air, Water and Soil Ecosystems. Soil Science & CO2 Sequestration. Development of Conservation & Management strategies of Freshwater Fish Resources in Ireland. Wetland Ecology Conservation & Management, including Analysis of Biogeofunctional Factors.
Forensic Drug Analysis
Development of Analytical Methods for the Analysis of new Drugs in Forensic Cases such as: Drugs in Sport, Driving under the Influence of Drugs, and Faster Analysis of Existing Drugs.
Development & Validation of Analytical Methods for the Pharmaceutical Industry, with the aim of increasing efficiency of QC Analysis on Drug Formulations.
Space Life Science
Development of novel Hydroponic Technologies for Space Life Science Applications and Industries e.g. NASA & ESA. Research includes technology transfer to terrestrial applications for the Nutraceutical, Agriculture, Horticultural & Brewing Industries.
The Controlled Environment Laboratory for Life Sciences (CELLS) offers postgraduate opportunities with potential placement opportunities in the Space Life Science Research Laboratory, NASA, Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA. CELLS house the only Growth Chamber Technology in Europe designed to specifications used by researchers in the Space Life Science Laboratory in KSC.