Our Research Directions
Food safety has become an important issue with the increasing globalization and expansion of international food trade. FSN will continue to develop in the following directions:
- Establishment of a food safety early warning system to monitor food safety in Shenzhen and Hong Kong;
- Development of key technology on rapid diagnosis of food-borne pathogens;
- Development of key technology on rapid detection of chemical contamination in food products;
- Development of new technology to improve food safety in food processing and preservation;
- Development of control measures to enhance food safety and
- Provision of food safety related services in the Greater Bay Area, including participation in policy-making, education and food sample detection services.
We focus on the following directions:
- Gut microbiome on different diseases such as metabolic diseases (obesity and hypertension), osteoporosis, inflammatory bowel disease and long COVID;
- Bioactive microbial derived metabolites from plant-based diet and tonic food;
- Use of indigenous beneficial microbes, the nutrients supporting their growth and their derived metabolites to promote health in human and animals.
We study ways to improve food production systems – with the ultimate goal of developing efficient production methods for safe and high-quality food.
We aim to conduct interdisciplinary research, including nutrition, agriculture, molecular biology and biomedical sciences, to understand the efficacy of functional foods and to develop novel food products for general health maintenance.
We serve as a unique and cross-disciplinary platform that enables collaborations amongst basic scientists, nutrition epidemiologists, healthcare professionals and industries and aim to establish an e-Health platform as a solution for the self-management of the ageing population in long run.