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Gary Dobson

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Research Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current research interests

  • Development of GC-MS based metabolic profiling methodologies.
  • Application of metabolic profiling to study phytochemical diversity in potato germplasm collections.

Past research

  • Application of metabolic profiling to study unintended effects and substantial equivalence in genetically-modified potato (SCRI, 2001-2004).
  • Various studies of plant and microbial lipids including novel GC-MS and LC-MS methodologies for determining phospholipid molecular species and the nature of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) isomers, phospholipid fatty acids (PLFA) in describing soil microbial communities, the chemistry of leaf lipids and genotypic variation in seed fatty acids in blackcurrant, changes in the membrane lipids of Arabidopsis mutants (SCRI, 1996-2001).
  • Chemistry of cyclic fatty acids formed during heating of frying oils (SCRI, 1993-1996).
  • Various aspects of beer quality (Scottish and Newcastle, 1988-1993).
  • Using lipid biomarkers to study microbial communities in hot spring microbial mats (University of Bristol, 1984-1988).
  • Chemotaxonomy of mycobacteria, including Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, using complex lipids (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1980-1984).


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.