Dr Ara Kanekanian 

Principal Lecturer

Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tel:  +44 (0) 29 2041 6449
Fax: +44 (0) 29 2041 6306
email: akanekanian@uwic.ac.uk

Academic Interests      
Probiotics & Prebiotics: The effect of probiotics on the individual components of milk. Studying peptides and amino acids profiles. The growth and survival of probiotics such as Bifidobacteria in milk, dairy and other food products and the importance of prebiotics.

Protein chemistry & enzymology: The use of bioactive peptides as anticariogenic compound from casein and whey proteins; isolation and extraction of high purity milk proteins for food enrichment; the development of natural savoury food additives; accelerated cheese ripening through proteolysis and lipolysis; Functional properties of proteins

Product development; Membrane technology.

Food Preservation Technology, Chemical Analysis of Foods, Food Biotechnology, Nutritional Therapy, New Product Development, Dairy Technology and Raw Food Materials

University Responsibilities
Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Food Science Degree
Programme Director for the MSc Food Science & Technology

Research Student Supervision
Current Students

Elizabeth Wilks (PhD)
Nedal Swidan (PhD)
Omer Al-Haj (PhD)
Imran Arshad (PhD)

PhD Completions
Gallagher J

External Responsibilities
Member of the Technical Board of the Society of Dairy Technology
Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Dairy technology.
Refereeing papers for scientific journals.
Editor of the Millennium Contribution of the International Journal of dairy Technology.
External Examiner BSc Forensic Science (Food Units) - University of Lincoln
External Examiner HAND Food Science & Technology - University of Lincoln

Other Responsibilities
Academic supervisor on Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
UWIC/Golden Vale. The development of nutritious and functional milk drinks 2004-2006
UWIC/Abergavenny Fine Foods. The development of food safety systems and novel cleaning processes in a dairy, 2000-2002
UWIC/Minola Smoked Foods, Food safety control in smoked foods, 2000-2002
UWIC/Brace’s Bakery. Development of new bakery products, 1999-2001
Membership to Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Institute of Food Science & Technology
Member of Society of Dairy Technology