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Gary Williamson

Professor of Functional Foods

"Our group is interested in understanding aspects of absorption and metabolism of dietary plant secondary metabolites, particularly the flavonoids and phenolic acids, and how the metabolism influences biological effects."
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Inorganic and materials chemistry

Food Chemistry and Biochemistry

Food chemistry research is directed towards the experimental investigation and predictive modelling of the kinetic behaviour of complex reactions, with emphasis on the cocktail effects of different sugars and amino acids during Maillard browning.

Food biochemistry research is concerned with:

  • Metabolism, bioactivity and potential health benefits of flavonoids
  • Properties and analysis of food allergens
  • Consequences of the variable nutritional content of ethnic and regional foods


Our research laboratories provide excellent cell culture and state-of-the art analytical facilities.  Equipment includes normal and fast high resolution chromatography, with diode array and coularray dectectors, sophisticated LC-MS/MS equipment, facilities for protein purification, and ELISA plate readers.

Access to the Food Technology Laboratory and facilities for taste panels allows the direct incorporation of food processing techniques into the research.

Our research has been funded by the BBSRC, the UK Food Standards Agency, the EU, Industry and others. The group has always had a very healthy group of UK, EU and international PhD students, often funded by government bodies, and post-doctoral researchers and visiting workers funded from a number of different sources.