Contact Dr Maria Anastasiadi
Areas of expertise
- Applied Informatics
- Food Quality
Dr Maria Anastasiadi graduated from the University of Crete with a degree in Chemistry. She then studied for an MSc in Food Science and Technology at the Agricultural University of Athens and later obtained a PhD in Plant Science and Analytical Chemistry from the same institute. She specialised in a wide range of laboratory and data analysis techniques including HPLC-DAD, LC/MS, and Multivariate Analysis.
She has also completed a PGCert in Statistics at the University of Sheffield and a sponsored MSc in Applied Bioinformatics at Cranfield University.
Dr Maria Anastasiadi is Lecturer in Bioinformatics with an extensive background in Plant and Food Science and Metabolomics. Maria’s skill set includes both wet and dry lab techniques such as Mass Spectrometry, Spectroscopy, NGS, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Maria’s research is focused on promoting sustainability across the food supply chain and enhance health promoting properties of food products. She is applying multi-omics to study how factors such as climate change, pre-harvest and post-harvest practices affect horticultural crop quality and nutritional value, and she has explored innovative postharvest solutions to extend storage life of UK crops. She is also seeking to optimise nutrient bioavailability, by acquiring experimental data and developing prediction models for different food matrices.
Maria is combining sensor technology and Machine Learning to create rapid non-invasive methods for monitoring food safety, quality and integrity at all stages of the supply chain to ensure traceability and minimise food waste and risks to human and animal health. She has developed spectroscopic methods for honey authentication and adulteration detection using Fluorescence and Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy. She is also developing methods for the use of electrochemical sensors and Enhanced Surface Raman Spectroscopy for the detection of contaminants pesticides and heavy metals in African honey.
Furthermore, she is looking to develop more sustainable agricultural practices by developing novel biostimulants and bioprotectants and developing automated solutions for insect pollinator monitoring to inform future environmental policies.
Projects Maria is currently working on include:
"Establishing a rapid testing system for contaminant detection in African honey as means of quality control and environmental monitoring". (co-I). The aim of this project is to establish sensor-based methods employable in field for the detection and quantification of contaminants in African honey, such as pesticides and heavy metals.
Sponsors: STFC Food Network+ (SFN)
pollinators in conventional and organic fruit orchards in central Thailand". (co-I). This project is seeking to investigate the effect of pesticide use on native pollinators in South East Asia by combining analytical laboratory techniques and deep learning.
Sponsors: STFC Food Network+ (SFN)
"Honey authentication using intrinsic DNA markers and metabolic fingerprint". (PI). The aim of this project is to develop a machine learning application for the authentication of premium monofloral honeys based on unique chemical and DNA biomarkers.
Sponsors: UKRI-BBSRC FoodBioSystems Doctoral Training Partnership.
"A decision-support system for optimising nutrients bioavailability from food matrices using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)". (PI). The aim of this project is the development of an application for the prediction of the bioavailability of (micro)nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin D, lipids and starch in different food matrices.
Sponsors: Cranfield University and Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC).
"Agricultural Bioproducts from Medicinal and Aromatic Plants". (PI). The aim of this project is the discovery of novel biostimulants and bioprotectants from African medicinal and aromatic plants as alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilisers. PI
Sponsors: OCP Group.
"Evaluating epigenetic and transcriptomic adaptations to climate change in Brasicca napus (oilseed rape)". (co-I). The aim of this project is to provide a systems-level molecular and metabolic understanding of the impact of heat stress on yield and seed development of B.napus for UK-specific varieties.
Avalon Produce Ltd,
Richard Hochfeld Ltd,
Greenyard Fresh UK Ltd
Articles In Journals
- Kourani M, Mohareb F, Anastasiadi M, Rezwan FI & Hammond JP (2022) Genetic and physiological responses to heat stress in Brassica napus, Frontiers in Plant Science, 13 (April) Article No. 832147.
- Anastasiadi M, Collings ER & Terry LA (2022) Investigating the role of abscisic acid and its catabolites on senescence processes in green asparagus under controlled atmosphere (CA) storage regimes, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 188 (June) Article No. 111892. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12029739
- Anastasiadi M, Falagán N, Rossi S & Terry LA (2021) A comprehensive study of factors affecting postharvest disorder development in celery, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 172 (February) Article No. 111384. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12496946
- Kisiriko M, Anastasiadi M, Terry LA, Yasri A, Beale MH & Ward JL (2021) Phenolics from medicinal and aromatic plants: characterisation and potential as biostimulants and bioprotectants, Molecules, 26 (21) Article No. 6343.
- Manthou E, Lago S-L, Dagres E, Lianou A, Tsakanikas P, Panagou E, Anastasiadi M, Mohareb F & Nychas G-JE (2020) Application of spectroscopic and multispectral imaging technologies on the assessment of ready-to-eat pineapple quality: A performance evaluation study of machine learning models generated from two commercial data analytics tools, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 175 (August) Article No. 105529.
- Anastasiadi M, Bragin E, Biojoux P, Ahamed A, Burgin J, de Castro Cogle K, Llaneza-Lago S, Muvunyi R, Scislak M, Aktan I, Molitor C, Kurowski T & Mohareb F (2020) CRAMER: A lightweight, highly customisable web-based genome browser supporting multiple visualisation instances, Bioinformatics, 36 (11) 3556-3557.
- Alamar MC, Anastasiadi M, Lopez-Cobollo R, Bennett MH, Thompson AJ, Turnbull CGN, Mohareb F & Terry LA (2020) Transcriptome and phytohormone changes associated with ethylene-induced onion bulb dormancy, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 168 (October) Article No. 111267. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.11534484
- Anastasiadi M, Collings ER, Shivembe A, Qian B & Terry LA (2020) Seasonal and temporal changes during storage affect quality attributes of green asparagus, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 159 (January) Article No. 111017. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.8160158
- Anastasiadi M, Mohareb FR, Redfern SP, Berry M, Simmonds MS & Terry LA (2017) Biochemical profile of heritage and modern apple cultivars and application of machine learning methods to predict usage, age, and harvest season, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65 (26) 5339-5356.
- Anastasiadi M & Lambert RJ (2017) Modelling the effect of combined antimicrobials: A base model for multiple-hurdles, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 252 (July) 10-17.
- Anastasiadi M, Polizzi K & Lambert RJ (2017) An improved model for the analysis of combined antimicrobials: a replacement for the Chou‐Talalay combination index method, Journal of Applied Microbiology, 124 (1) 97-107.
- Anastasiadi M, Mwangi PM, Ordaz-Ortiz JJ, Redfern SP, Berry M, Simmonds MSJ & Terry LA (2016) Tissue biochemical diversity of 20 gooseberry cultivars and the effect of ethylene supplementation on postharvest life, Postharvest Biology and Technology, 117 141-151.
- Spanou CI, Veskoukis S, Stagos D, Liadaki K, Aligiannis N, Angelis A, Skaltsounis AL, Anastasiadi M, Haroutounian SA & Kouretas D (2012) Effects of Greek legume plant extracts on xanthine oxidase, catalase and superoxide dismutase activities, Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry, 68 (1) 37-45.
- Anastasiadi M, Pratsinis H, Kletsa D, Skaltsounis AL & Haroutounian SA (2012) Grape stem extracts: Polyphenolic content and assessment of their in vitro antioxidant properties, LWT - Food Science and Technology, 48 (2) 316-322.
- Anastasiadi M, Pratsinis H, Kletsas D, Skaltsounis AL & Haroutounian SA (2010) Bioactive non-coloured polyphenols content of grapes, wines and vinification by-products: Evaluation of the antioxidant activities of their extracts, Food Research International, 43 (3) 805-813.
- Anastasiadi M, Zira A, Magiatis P, Haroutounian SA, Skaltsounis AL & Mikros E (2009) 1H NMR-based metabonomics for the classification of Greek wines according to variety, region, and vintage. Comparison with HPLC data, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57 (23) 11067-11074.
- Anastasiadi M, Chorianopoulos NG, Nychas GJE & Haroutounian SA (2009) Antilisterial activities of polyphenol-rich extracts of grapes and vinification by-products, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 57 (2) 457-463.
- Boziaris IS, Skandamis PN, Anastasiadi M & Nychas GIE (2007) Effect of NaCl and KCl on fate and growth/no growth interfaces of Listeria monocytogenes Scott A at different pH and Nisin concentrations, Journal of Applied Microbiology, 102 (3) 796-805.