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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Dr Griffiths is an internationally recognised research biochemist specialising in lipid biochemistry with 60+ research articles and over 2200 citations (H index = 27). Renowned for pioneering work on triacylglycerol and polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis his research is now focused on two primary areas. 1.Developing microalgae for high value products and biofuels.  2. Brain neurochemistry and cognition in children with liver disease in collaboration with Life and Health Sciences (Aston) and Birmingham Childrens' Hospital.   

    Research Interests


    Lipid biochemistry

    High value products



    Brain neurochemistry


    Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate modules

    Introduction to Biological Chemistry (CH1106)

    Biological Chemistry (CH2104)

    Advances in Lipid Chemistry (CH3109)

    Organic Chemistry II (CH2102)  Laboratories

    Organic Chemistry III (Ch3103) Laboratories

    CH3011 Chemistry Research Project supervision

    CE 4011 MEng Research Project supervision

    CH3117 Chemistry Literature Research project

    Research Projects/Collaborations


    Biofuels, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai, India

    Biofuels. Ana University, Chennai, India

    High value products from microalgae, Muscat University, Oman

    Polyamine metabolism,Bologna University, Italy


    Pediatric Department, Birmingham's Women & Children's  Hospital NHS Trust

    2006- 2013

    Earthoil Plantations-Treatt PLC supported 3 PhD studentships on oxidative stability of plant oils and molecular mimics of naturally occurring antifungal compounds


    EU Framework 5  Novel Oxylipins in defense of ornamentals (NODO) 

    National Centre for Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain

    Gottingen University, Germany 

    Paul Sabatier University, Castanet-Tolosan, France 

    Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle/Saale, Germany 

    Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 


    SERC Overseas Research Fellow, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1986-1988

    AFRC Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Cardiff University, 1988-1990

    MAFF Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, 1991-1994

    Research Leader, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, UK, 1994-2001

    Senior Research Leader, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, UK 2001-2003

    Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, 2003-2004

    Aston University-present






    Chairman EBRI Health and Safety Committee


    Distinguished Visitors Award (Aston University) 2019 

    Rising Star of the School of Engineering Award (Aston University) 2006

    Fry Boley Award (Bristol University)

    Kenshall Award (Hoovers)

    Gwilym Williams Memorial Prize for Chmistry (Aberdare Boys Grammar School)  

    Contact Details

    Room: MB111

    Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3415


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    Alstroemeria Medicine & Life Sciences
    Fatty Acids Medicine & Life Sciences
    Unsaturated Fatty Acids Medicine & Life Sciences
    Fatty Acid Desaturases Medicine & Life Sciences
    Cotyledon Medicine & Life Sciences
    alpha-Linolenic Acid Medicine & Life Sciences
    Phosphatidylcholines Medicine & Life Sciences
    Lipids Medicine & Life Sciences

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    Research Output 1998 2019

    Long-term Effects of Cholestatic Liver Disease in Childhood on Neuropsychological Outcomes and Neurochemistry

    Talcott, J. B., Patel, T., Griffiths, G., Kelly, D. & Beath, S. V., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 69, 2, p. 145-151 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Liver Diseases
    Acute Liver Failure

    Effect of ornithine decarboxylase and norspermidine in modulating cell division in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Tassoni, A., Awad, N. & Griffiths, G., 1 Feb 2018, In : Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 123, p. 125-131

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    ornithine decarboxylase
    Ornithine Decarboxylase

    Biosynthesis and analysis of plant oxylipins

    Griffiths, G., May 2015, In : Free Radical Research. 49, 5, p. 565-582 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    Moderate relationships between NAA and cognitive ability in healthy adults: implications for cognitive spectroscopy

    Patel, T., Blyth, J. C., Griffiths, G., Kelly, D. & Talcott, J. B., 14 Feb 2014, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8, 10 p., 39.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Spectrum Analysis
    Frontal Lobe

    Intermediate pyrolysis and product identification by TGA and Py-GC/MS of green microalgae and their extracted protein and lipid components

    Kebelmann, K., Hornung, A., Karsten, U. & Griffiths, G., Feb 2013, In : Biomass and Bioenergy. 49, p. 38-48 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
    Mass spectrometry


    Biochemical correlates of cognition: exploring the relationships between blood, brain and behaviour

    Author: Patel, T., May 2011

    Supervisor: Talcott, J. B. (Supervisor) & Griffiths, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Characterisation and oxidative stability of speciality plant seed oils

    Author: Chander, A. K., Dec 2010

    Supervisor: Griffiths, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Intermediate pyrolysis studies of aquatic biomass and potential applications in the BtVB-process

    Author: Kebelmann, K., 28 May 2013

    Supervisor: Hornung, A. (Supervisor) & Griffiths, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Mapping rangeland vegetation in Northern Kenya from Landsat data

    Author: Griffiths, G., 1985

    Supervisor: Collins, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Polyunsaturated fatty acid oxidation in Alzheimer’s disease.

    Author: Smith, S., 10 Nov 2011

    Supervisor: Griffiths, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy