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Professor Adrian Slater

Job: Professor of Biomolecular Technology

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7843

E: ads@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

  • DNA
  • DNA barcode
  • DNA sequence
  • PCR
  • qPCR
  • Molecular biology
  • Genomics
  • Medicinal plants
  • Herbal medicine
  • Phytomedicine
  • Authentication and identification
  • Microarray.

Research group affiliations

  •  Group Lead for the Biomolecular Technology Research Group
  • Associate member of the Chemistry for Health Research Group

Publications and outputs 

Click here for a full list of Adrian Slater's publications and outputs.|

Areas of teaching

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular biology
  • Plant biotechnology.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Biochemistry) - University of Edinburgh - 1975
  • PhD Molecular Biology - University of Glasgow - 1980
  • MSc Bioinformatics by Distance Learning (with Distinction) - University of Leeds - 2008

Courses taught

  • MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
  • BSc Medical Science.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • UK National Correspondent, International Association for Plant Biotechnology
  • Society for Experimental Biology (Member)
  • International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (Member)
  • Phytochemical Society of Europe (Member)
  • Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (Member).

Conference attendance

  • Howard C, Bremner P, Fowler M R and Slater A. Molecular identification of Hypericum perforatum L. by PCR amplification of the rDNA ITS region. World Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Compounds, WOCMAP IV, South Africa, 2008. Published in the African Journal of Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2009. 
  • Howard C, Fowler M R, Bremner P D, Scott N W and Slater A. Is DNA barcoding the way forward for medicinal plant authentication? International Seminar on Herbal Drug Research: Present and Future Prospects. JSS College of Pharmacy, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India. 4-5th December 2009. Invited Plenary Lecture.
  • Slater A. Genetically Modified Crops – Balancing Food Security and Biosafety. Invited Frontier Extension Lecture, University of Calicut, Kerala, India. December 2009. http://www.universityofcalicut.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=846&Itemid=306.
  • Howard C, Socratous E, Williams S, Graham E, Fowler M, Scott N, Bremner P and Slater A (2011) A one-tube assay for four Hypericum species – PlantID. 59th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. 4-9 Sep 2011, Antalya.
  • Howard C, Williams S, Bremner P, Fowler M, Scott N and Slater A (2011) The design of DNA barcode-specific PCR primers for medicinal plant authentication. 59th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. 4-9 Sep 2011, Antalya.
  • Williams S, Howard C, Bremner P D, Fowler M R, Scott NW and Slater A (2011). PCR-based Assays for the Authentication of Black Cohosh Products. 59th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research. 4-9 Sep 2011, Antalya.

Consultancy work

Prof Slater has been involved with several research contracts with Dr Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals for the development of DNA-based tests for medicinal plant authentication.

Current research students

1st Supervisor
Sarah Williams - PhD student

Sukvinder Bhamra - PhD student

Externally funded research grants information

VITANGO
Marie Curie IAPP award with Schwabe Pharmaceuticals with Dr C. Howard (2012).

PlantDASH
A system for the molecular authentication of medicinal plants funded by the East Midlands Healthcare and Bioscience iNet Higher Education Collaboration Fund, with Dr C. Howard and Professor Anthony Brookes (Department of Genetics, Leicester University) (2011).

PlantID
A system for the identification of plant material by DNA profiling funded by the East Midlands Healthcare and Bioscience iNet Higher Education Collaboration Fund, with Dr M. R. Fowler and Dr N. W. Scott (DMU) and Dr E Graham (East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, Leicester University) (2009).

The Production of the Anticancer Drug, Camptothecin
The production of the anticancer drug, camptothecin, from Ophiorrhiza prostrate, a
UKIERI Fellowship for Dr Martin Kottackal, with Professor J. Woolley and Dr R. Arroo (2008).

Internally funded research project information

  • South Asian Traditional Herbal Medicines – From Indian Biodiversity to Ethnic Diversity in Leicester. DMU fees-only PhD bursary (2012)
  • Research Leave Award (Jan- Mar 2012)
  • Authentication and investigation of potential hepatoxicity of Black Cohosh products - DMU fees-only PhD bursary awarded to Sarah Williams (2012)
  • Application of the PlantID system to Black Cohosh. DMU fees-only MSc by Research bursary awarded to Sarah Williams (2010).

Professional esteem indicators

  • Editorial boards/reviewing activities: journal, date from, date to, role
  • Plant Growth Regulation 1998-present Managing Editor
  • Agriculture and Food Security 2011 - present Editorial Board.

Case studies

Sales of the Plant Biotechnology textbook (Oxford University Press 2008) by Slater, A., Scott, N.W. & Fowler, M. have reached a total 8,720 copies of the first edition and 3,140 for the second edition to 2010.

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