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Viruja Ummat

Project Title: Development of clean and green extraction technologies for bioactives from Irish seaweeds

Overview: My project involves development of key innovative technologies for extraction of bioactive molecules from seaweeds, with an aim to reduce chemical as well as energy consumption, without compromising, the yield and quality of the product. Innovative clean and green technologies employed in my PhD have a great potential to develop novel ingredients for a range of agri-food applications. The main focus is on sulphated polysaccharides (e.g. fucoidans), soluble dietary fibres, proteins and bioactives (e.g. phlorotannins and fucoxanthins), which in recent years, have attracted the attention of researchers, cosmesceuticals and pharmaceuticals. I have always been fascinated by work that involves a way of contributing to the environment. It’s time we start thinking of what impact we have on the environment and shift to eco-friendly and sustainable options, so that even if we are unable to make the earth a better place, we can still do our bit to reduce how we are exploiting it. I am from Ludhiana, a beautiful city in Punjab, India. In my free time, I like to go out for a walk, meditate or listen to music. 

Programme Area: PhD Food Engineering

Supervisors: Prof. Brijesh Kumar Tiwari, Prof. Colm O’ Donnell and Dr. Gaurav Rajauria

Location: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15

Funding Source: BEACON