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Maria Oruna-Concha

Maria Jose Oruna-Concha Staff Profile
  • Programme Director for BSc Food Science and Food Technology with Bioprocessing
  • Module convenor: FB3AFC (Advanced Food Chemistry), FB3FLV (Advanced Flavour Chemistry), FB3FPD (New Product Development) (BSc)
  • Module co-convenor: FBMPRE (Food Product Reformulation) (MSc)



Building location

Harry Nursten

Areas of interest

My research areas of interest include:

  • Flavour formation
  • Analysis and characterization of food components contributing to taste (including umami & kokumi)
  • Analysis and characterization of phytochemicals
  • Recovery of functional ingredients from waste streams
  • Acrylamide formation

My research uses a wide range of analytical techniques including: Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and state-of-the-art GC-MS, LC and LC-MS.

Research centres and groups

  • Food Research Group

Academic qualifications

  • Pharmacy degree, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 1992
  • PhD, Food and Nutrition, University of Santiago de Compostela – Analytical Chemistry, Food and Nutrition Department.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Coeliac Society, UK
  • Associate member of the British Society of Flavourists
  • Committee member of SCI Food Group
  • Associate Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST)


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