Contact Dr Angel Medina Vaya

Areas of expertise


Dr Medina obtained his PhD degree in Microbiology in 2007 at the University of Valencia (Spain). He was awarded the prize for the best PhD Thesis by the University of Valencia based on the novelty and quality of his research in 2008. Subsequently, he worked for almost 2 years in the food industry until he obtained a post-doctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation to work in the Applied Mycology Group at Cranfield University (UK) from January 2009 to August 2010. During this post-doctoral training period, he applied and was successfully granted a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development) to develop the project “Mechanism of action of antifungals against mycotoxigenic species: from molecular to phenotypic efficacy” (PIEF-GA-2009-253014) (September 2010 to August 2012). He was then part of the Applied Mycology group as Research Fellow until October 2013.

Dr Medina re-joined the Applied Mycology group (September 2014) in the new Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute as Research Fellow. He was quickly promoted to Academic Fellow and later on to Lecturer in Food Mycology (early 2016). From October 2018 he is Senior Lecturer in Food Mycology.

Dr Medina is currently leading research in relation to Climate Change impacts on fungal diseases of plants. He is focused on pre- and post-harvest approaches to enable fit for purpose accurate risk predictions, control and minimisation strategies for mycotoxin contamination and food waste under current and expected climate change conditions in key staple chains. This is complimented by work on the mechanisms used for ecophysiological tolerance to environmental stress and transcriptome (RNAseq) of mycotoxigenic moulds.

Parallel with this, Dr. Medina is responsible for managing the AgriFood suite of MSc Courses (3 courses). In November 2017, he successfully completed the 1st Module of a PGCert in Academic Practice at Cranfield University and is now an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


Current activities

Dr. Angel Medina has focused his research interests on the impact that environmental stress has on the functioning of fungi (mainly mycotoxigenic species), the mechanisms used for ecophysiological tolerance, and the molecular basis of secondary metabolite production, especially mycotoxins. He has been developing research on ecophysiology, molecular ecology and modelling of mycotoxigenic fungi growth and toxin production for more than 15 years. 

His current key research/interest areas are:  
     - Ecophysiology of mycotoxigenic fungi, with special attention to the effects that Climate Change may have on important crops.
     - Biowaste processing in order to obtain high value metabolites from insects.
     - Identification of fungal biomarkers for early detection of fungal and bacterial diseasse in soft fruits and vegetables.
     - Development of Decission Support Systems to improve the storage of key cereals and avoid spoilage and occurrence of mycotoxins.
     - Discovery of new bioactive compounds exhibiting antifungal activity.
     - Development of rapid and sensitive techniques for mycotoxins analysis from culture media and food.
     - Development of high throughput techniques for studying the ecophysiology and toxin production of fungi during different developmental stages.
He is currently Programme Director for the Agrifood MSc suite of courses. He mainly lectures on the MSc in Food Chain Systems although also collaborates in other MSc courses at the University. 

He also chairs the Regional Expert Group (REG) for the EU and Russia at University level.

Other tasks include: supervision of PhD, MSc and Erasmus student projects. 


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