Simon Foster

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Bioconversion of seaweeds for aquaculture feeds and biotechnology: We are looking for PhD students with a background in biochemistry and a strong knowledge of analytical chemistry mainly mass spectrometer based techniques such as LC-MSMS and LC-ICPMS and GC-ICPMS.


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Simon graduated with his PhD in environmental and analytical chemistry from the University of Canberra, Canberra (UC) in 2008. Simon then completed a 1 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Canberra/Australian Antarctic Division conducting research on the construction of artificial Antarctic sediments for insitu re-colonisation experiments. On completion of his postdoctoral fellowship Simon took up a lecturing position at the University of Canberra in 2009 before accepting the position of Assistant Professor within the Faculty in 2010. Simon was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017.

Simon’s research focuses on the biochemical pathways associated with the uptake and metabolism of metals and metalloids in biological systems as well as the biogeochemical cycling on metals and metalloids in ecosystems.

Simon has had extensive experience in the development of analytical methods (such as LC-MS and ICP-MS and LC-ICP-MS) for the detection of metals and metal complexes in various environmental and biological specimens, including marine animals and algae, plasma, urine, whole blood, biological tissues, water, sediments and soils. Simon has participated in numerous certification trials for the development of certified reference materials for NRCC, IAEA among other institutions.

His current research interests are in:

- the chemical speciation of metals and metalloids in biological material (As, Sb, Hg, Sn, Se),

- the application of analytical chemistry to the measurement of trace and ultratrace metals, and

- understanding the transfer, biological metabolism and associated changes in the chemical form of metal and metalloids in aquatic and terrestrial environments and clinical samples.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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