Chemistry and Biochemistry

This research has developed methodology for blood and tissue assessment of nutrition (e.g .omega 3 fatty acids and
carotenoids), and this unique analytical process is used to support the clinical trials conducted by the Macular Pigment Research Group and the cognitive function research.


This research involves many studies, but mainly LEAF (Lutein Algae Feasibility), CARES (Cognitive Impairment Study), TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing) and the meso-zeaxanthin study. These studies comprise of analysis on high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to determine quantities of carotenoids in blood samples and animal and algae products.

Meet The Team

Ganjar Saefurahman

Ganjar Saefurahman is a postgraduate research student with the Macular Pigment Research Group, Waterford Institute of Technology. He is currently working on the project entitled Lutein Algae Feasibility funded by the European Research Council. He completed a BSc degree in Marine Science in the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia in 2008.

Dr. Rachel Moran

Dr. Rachel Moran, an American/Irish scientist, is a Howard Postdoctoral Researcher at the NRCI. Prior to this current position, she completed her PhD entitled "Non-dietary determinants and correlates of plasma concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin in an Irish population" within NRCI and under the supervision of Professor John Nolan and Professor Stephen Beatty.

Dr. Alfonso Prado Cabero

Dr Alfonso Prado Cabrero is a Senior Scientist at the Macular Pigment Research Group (MPRG), with over 9 years of research experience in the field of carotenoids and 12 yeas of experience in research on Molecular and Human Genetics.

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