• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    1988 …2021

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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

    Microalgae

    Lipid biochemistry

    High value products

    Biofuels

    Biorefineries

    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

    2019-present

    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

    2009-2018

    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

    2002-2005

    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 

    Employment

    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

     

     

     

     

    Responsibilities

    Chairman EBRI Health and Safety Committee

    Awards

    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

    Email: g.griffiths@aston.ac.uk

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