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Title of PhD

Production of D-Lactic Acid from Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS)

Briefly describe your area of research

My research area is manipulating industrial byproduct from food and food-related industries to something useful.

For example Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGS), a byproduct from the bioethanol industry will be employed as a substrate for bacterial fermentation. In this process, glucose, xylose or arabinose will be extracted from DDGS and used as carbon sources for lactic acid fermentation.

Why did you select Reading?

The reason why I chose Reading was because it is among the top universities worldwide. Besides which, it has a very good research reputation, especially in agriculture and food. The instruments here are sophisticated and up to date to support my research. Furthermore, it's very close to London!

What do you enjoy about studying at Reading?

The people here (lecturers, students and staff) are very helpful and friendly. Besides, the environment in Reading is nice.

What has been your biggest challenge since starting your research?

The research area for my PhD is a new area for me; it is quite challenging. Besides which, the language barrier is also one of the challenges that I have to face since English is not my first language.

What advice would you give a new postgraduate researcher?

  • Plan your research properly. You have to know what you want to do. Something will definitely change during the journey but that's fine.
  • Have a strong mindset that if other people can do it, it means that you can do it too.
  • Have a good relationship with your supervisor. This will help you a lot!

Where do you want to be in five years' time?

Hopefully, after five years, I'll be a successful lecturer in Malaysia, especially in my research area and contribute to research in my country.