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Dr Tiziana Sgamma

Job: Lecturer VC2020 in Biomedical Sciences

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Allied Health Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 201 3925




Personal profile

Dr Tiziana Sgamma is a Lecturer in Biomedical Science in the School of Allied Health Sciences at De Montfort University (UK). After obtaining her BSc and MSc in Biotechnology from the Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Italy she obtained her PhD in Plant and Environmental Sciences from the University of Warwick, UK, where she investigated the role of the gene Tempranillo in juvenility phase in different plants.

During her post-doctoral research, she worked on the development and the application of novel DNA-based techniques to the identification and authentication of medicinal plants and phytomedicines.

Her current research interest focus on the effects of plant extracts on human cells and on the possibility of enhancing the production of active compounds in plants using a variety of plant cell cultures and biotechnological approaches. She is also still very interested in researching around the unambiguous identification of plant as a crucial step in the quality control of medicinal plants in order to guarantee the identity and a constant and reliable quality of the starting material.

Dr Tiziana Sgamma is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and she is involved in pedagogic research.

Research group affiliations

Research interests/expertise

  • Plant DNA barcoding
  • Maximizing secondary metabolite production from medicinal plants by plant tissue cultures and biotechnological approaches
  • Understanding the role of genotypic variation and environmental changes in regulating medical plant secondary metabolites
  • Plant secondary products
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • DNA barcode
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Gene regulation
  • Real-Time PCRMedicinal plants

Areas of teaching

  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Bioanalytical Instrumentation and Techniques
  • Research and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Gene Cloning, Protein Expression & Analyses 
  • Advanced Biomedical Practice
  • Applied Biotechnology in Biomedical Sciences

Courses taught

  • Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
  • Advanced Biomedical Science MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Current research students

2nd supervisor to Purvi Mali – PhD Student
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