Molecular & Cellular Technologies

Our scientists investigate molecular and cellular biology to identify health-promoting components in natural produce.

We use molecular and cellular biology techniques to identify the systems, mechanisms and regulation of both plant and human biological processes. This research is an important part of several Plant & Food Research programmes where we identify the wellness and health-promoting compounds within food and define their delivery mechanisms.

We build knowledge of the systems within different cell types, including the interactions between DNA, RNA and protein biosynthesis and how these systems interact. We have skills in:

  • Genomics
    • DNA, protein and bacteria microarrays
    • Gene discovery and function
    • Expression profiling
  • Proteomics
    • Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis
    • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Immunomolecular biology
    • Labelled immunoassays
  • Metabolomics
    • Controlled environment studies
    • Bioassays
    • Cell-based screening
  • Biochemistry
    • Enzymology
    • Expression of proteins in Escherichia coli,, yeasts etc.
    • ELISA
    • Glycosylation
  • Bioinformatics.

Our researchers have access to leading tools and technologies, including:

  • Microarray facilities
  • Quantitative PCR
  • Multi-platform spectroscopy and chromatography
  • Containment laboratories and rooms
  • Controlled environment rooms
  • Imaging equipment
    • Scanning Electron Microscope
    • Transmission Electron Microscope.