Our group seeks to improve the health of children, as well as advance understanding of reproductive health.
We have a focus on biomarker development, and in particular exosomes, as these factors provide information on many aspects of health. The group is also expert in the study of the important signalling molecules eicosanoids, and how changes in eicosanoids reflect functions ranging from the onset of human birth to the fertility of dairy cows.
Our goal is to develop robust and reproducible methods to isolate and quantify exosomes and eicosanoids, and apply these to project including:
- Evaluating the exosome content of milk—comparing human breast milk with cow’s milk to help improve infant formula for better infant nutrition;
- Determining how eicosanoids could be used to improve the health and productivity of commercial dairy and beef cattle;
- Biomarkers for targeted therapeutic development in child neurological conditions;
- Improving treatment of a range of diseases using exosomes as delivery vehicles for therapeutics.