Professor Olivier Thomas

Professor Olivier Thomas

Professor in Marine Biodiscovery
NUI Galway

marine biodiscovery; biomolecules; analytical (bio)chemistry; pharmacological and medical applications

The marine environment is still considered an untapped source of new biomolecules with potential applications in the pharmacological and medical sectors as exemplified by the success of Yondelis as an anticancer and the green fluorescent proteins for biological sciences. The mucus exuded by marine invertebrates has only been poorly studied in the search for new biomaterials even if ecological properties are evident. The research project will therefore be dedicated to the structure characterization of the molecular component of mucus produced by targeted sponges and cnidarians including its peptidic content. Applications in the field of antimicrobial hydrogels will finally be assessed.

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