Dr Jia Wu


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Starch breakdown in the digestive tract

I have been working on multidisciplinary researches for the previous few years.

The current project at QI is to investigate structure of starch from different sources, biodegradation of starchy food in vitro and the links between their structure and enzymatic digestion behaviours, which would be potentially beneficial to food industry for making healthier starch based food.

In 2019 I was working as a postdoctoral research associate at Bob Champion Research Centre, Norwich medical school. The project was about developing novel nanoparticles as the delivery strategy for both classic antibiotics and the next generation antimicrobial gene therapy.

In 2018 I had been awarded a PhD in biological sciences by University of East Anglia (placed at QIB) where I was working on bioconversion of organic wastes into liquid biofuels and platform chemicals.

I therefore developed expertise in a range of research fields such as biophysics, biomedicine, molecular biology, carbohydrate biochemistry, microbiology, industrial biotechnology and analytical chromatography/spectroscopic.

Key Publications

Yeast diversity in relation to the production of fuels and chemicals. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 14259. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14641-0

Optimising conditions for bioethanol production from rice husk and rice straw: effects of pre-treatment on liquor composition and fermentation inhibitors. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 11(1), 62. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13068-018-1062-7

Release of cell wall phenolic esters during hydrothermal pretreatment of rice husk and rice straw. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 11(1), 162. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13068-018-1157-1