Contact Ciara O'Brien

Areas of expertise

  • Bioinformatics
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Food Quality
  • Food Safety
  • Food waste
  • Plants and microbes


Ciara O'Brien is a current doctorial student working in the Plant Science Laboratory in Cranfield. Her work focuses on the development of postharvest technologies to reduce waste in mango production, through an understanding of the biochemicla changes in the fruit.

Ciara recieved her B.A. (mod) in Genetics from Trinity College Dublin in 2020. During her final year, she developed new null alleles of TRY in Arabidopsis using CRISPR. 

During her undergraduate studies, Ciara also completed a biochemistry-focused internship, studying the immunometabolic switching in human macrophages after viral challenge. 

Ciara hopes to focus on reducing food waste through better understanding of the genetics and biochemistry involved in pre- and post-harvest plant physiology.

Current activities

Ciara's project focuses on the development of classification methods for mango fruits into different ripening stages. 

Both VisNIR spectroscopy and LDV will be compared as candidates for fruit analysis on the production line, while using biochemical analyses and machine learning to predict dominant variables involved in each ripening stage.


PhD project is funded by Orchard House Foods and Cranfield University.