Chatan Rai Surana
Project Title: Biotransformation of underutilised dairy waste residues to novel food additives and renewable products.
There is a large volume of by-products and waste stream generated in dairy industries throughout the world that are unused and underutilised. Chatan’s research involves the microbial transformation of such dairy waste residues and by-products to novel or renewable products. His research focuses on the valorisation of dairy waste stream and the development and optimization of fermentation processes for production of high value compounds such as exopolysaccharides (EPS) and lactate. His research will have an impact on the current techniques of dairy waste management and utilisation, and production of food-grade products.
Chatan is experienced in handling food samples and microbial analytical techniques such as screening, characterisation, DNA isolation, sequencing and analysis. He has experience in performing microbial bioassays and cell cultures. He is currently gaining experience in the statistical analytical tool - R Studio.
Programme Area: Food Programme
Supervisors: Dr Olivia McAuliffe and Dr Michael Callanan
Location: Teagasc, Moorepark Food Research Centre
Funding Source: Teagasc and VistaMilk