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News from the Biospec group.

Congratulations Dakshat

Congratulations to Dakshat on passing his PhD today.

Dakshat used metabolomics and vibrational spectroscopy for the analysis of human serum for the characterisation of phenotypically ageing men in different ethnic populations.

In 2020 we had to do many vivas by Zoom and here’s a great photo that captures Dakshat’s success. Many thanks to Hyun Kim (University of Nottingham) and Peter Gardner (University of Manchester) for their excellent examination of Dakshat’s thesis.

2 PhD studentships available

If you are interested in joining our group we currently have two PhD positions available:

These are fully-funded PhDs in the Institute of Integrative Biology (IIB) in the University of Liverpool.

The close date for both is Thursday, February 28, 2019.

You will join a dynamic research group based in the IIB where the focus is to investigate cellular metabolism. Details of the current projects and diversity of work, as well as more general papers, can be found here.


Coconut Water and Food Security News

David and Howbeer with a handheld Raman spectrometer

David and Howbeer on You and Yours:


Our work on the detection of adulteration in cococnut water with Raman spectroscopy has recently featured on BBC Radio programme You and Yours.

  • To read our paper in Food Chemistry
  • The interview also dicusses counterfeit alcohol detection with spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) and you can read about our work published in Scientific Reports 


Our work features in UoM In Abstract

We are delighted to see that our research work with Jon Lloyd and other colleagues in Earth and Environmental Sciences on algal colonization within a nuclear fuel storage pond which was published in mBio in June now features in The University of Manchester's In Abstract: Edition 06.

Many congratulations Dr Claire!

Many congratulations to Dr Claire Pickering for successfully defended her PhD on Thursday 9th August 2018.

Claire's PhD is entitled "Development of rapid reagentless, in situ detection of biological threat agents and assessment and correction of the environmental conditioning on the vibrational spectrum".  

This was a DSTL funded PhD studentship and the primary supervisor was Dr Matt Baker (University of Strathclyde).

The supervisory team are very grateful to the examination board: Professor Josep Sulé-Suso (Royal Stoke University Hospital and Keele University) and Dr Alison Nordon (University of Strathclyde)

Happy Retirement Mark

Dr Mark H Barley retired from the group at the end of November after a varied and interesting career spanning 34 years in both industry and academia.

After taking his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, followed by Post Doctoral research in North Carolina and Cambridge (UK) he joined the chemical company ICI as an electrochemist. After working on two short electrochemical projects he moved to a thermodynamics and physical chemistry role in support of the marketing and manufacture of ozone friendly refrigerants; followed by a period working on fragrances and flavours.

On leaving ICI in 2006 he obtained a Post-Doctoral position in the Centre for Atmospheric Science at Manchester University modeling the chemical composition of atmospheric aerosol; and then the position at the MIB studying Genetic Algorithms, where he was a very valuable and nice member of our group.

We wish Mark a very long and wonderful retirement.