Olivier P. Thomas
Professor Olivier P. Thomas is Professor in Marine Biodiscovery at the School of Chemistry NUI Galway and coordinator of the National Marine Biodiscovery Laboratory with the Marine Institute, Oranmore. His research is focused on the search for new biomolecules from the marine environment with applications in different fields like food science, cosmetics, therapeutics and medical devices.
Professor Thomas's research is shared between basic understanding of the biomolecules in the environment and applications of these biomolecules in different sectors.
Ireland has a strategic position for the development of Marine Biodiscovery. In the framework of several National and European initiatives his research activities will contribute to the main objective of “Harnessing our Ocean Wealth” (www.imdo.ie/Home/site-area/maritime-policy/harnessing-our-ocean-wealth/harnessing-our-ocean-wealth). With the key support of the Marine Institute his group aims to increase our scientific knowledge on marine biomolecules in order to implement new opportunities in the marine sector and links with other sectors like biomedicine and pharmacology.
The group of Professor Thomas is composed of 15 research assistants, Post-doctorates, masters, PhD students and together they have published about 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 1 patent. Prof. Thomas is member of the editorial board of 3 journals, Scientific Reports, Marine Biotechnology and Marine Drugs. He has been part of several large national/international projects, such as the EU FP7 project BAMMBO, EU Interreg AlertoxNet and the Marine Institute funding of the National Marine Biodiscovery Laboratory.
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