Contact Dr Angel Medina Vaya

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Background

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)  (PIEF-GA-2009-253014) (September 2010 to August 2012). He was then part of the Applied Mycology group.

Dr. 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 and other relevant metabolites for industrial applications. He has been developing research on ecophysiology, molecular ecology and modelling of mycotoxigenic fungi growth and toxin production for more than 17 years. Dr Medina developed a rapid screening methodology which has been utilised to screen novel compounds for efficacy against mycotoxigenic spoilage fungi and to rapidly evaluate production of secondary metabolites. He has been involved in several projects to improve the storage and increase quality of small grain cereals and other groundnuts. He has developed work to identify key secondary metabolite genes in the biosynthetic pathways of mycotoxigenic fungi. In the last few years his research has examined how to integrate and use “big data” (RNAseq, metabolomics, microarray data, growth and toxin data under interacting environmental conditions) using a systems approach. In the last five years he has led research in three main areas:  i)impact of Climate Change scenarios on food security, especially related to mycotoxins in staple food commodities, ii) Development of Decission Support Systems for storage of commodities prone to mycotoxin contamination, and ii) the development of rapid methods for detection on fungal pathogensin different stages of the food chain, mainly related with the identification of fungal and bacterial specific VOC biomarkers and using detection of gasses for the development of storage Decision Support Systems (DSS) in both durables and perishables. 

He has published 75 peer reviewed Journal papers, 10 book chapters and has an H-factor of 24 (Scopus) and 27 (Google Scholar). 

He is also Director of the MSc taught programme in AgriFood, which includes three courses: Future Food Sustainability, Food Chain Systems and Applied Bioinformatics. He has experience in module development, QA, examinations and learning outcomes for taught modules, assignments, group project work and research project development for MSc students.

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 Systems and Management 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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