• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Personal profile


    Dr Griffiths is an internationally recognised research biochemist specialising in lipid biochemistry with 60+ research articles and over 2200 citations (H index = 27). Renowned for pioneering work on triacylglycerol and polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis his research is now focused on two primary areas. 1.Developing microalgae for high value products and biofuels.  2. Brain neurochemistry and cognition in children with liver disease in collaboration with Life and Health Sciences (Aston) and Birmingham Childrens' Hospital.   

    Research Interests


    Lipid biochemistry

    High value products



    Brain neurochemistry


    Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate modules

    Introduction to Biological Chemistry (CH1106)

    Biological Chemistry (CH2104)

    Advances in Lipid Chemistry (CH3109)

    Organic Chemistry II (CH2102)  Laboratories

    Organic Chemistry III (Ch3103) Laboratories

    CH3011 Chemistry Research Project supervision

    CE 4011 MEng Research Project supervision

    CH3117 Chemistry Literature Research project

    Research Projects/Collaborations


    Biofuels, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai, India

    Biofuels. Ana University, Chennai, India

    High value products from microalgae, Muscat University, Oman

    Polyamine metabolism,Bologna University, Italy


    Pediatric Department, Birmingham's Women & Children's  Hospital NHS Trust

    2006- 2013

    Earthoil Plantations-Treatt PLC supported 3 PhD studentships on oxidative stability of plant oils and molecular mimics of naturally occurring antifungal compounds


    EU Framework 5  Novel Oxylipins in defense of ornamentals (NODO) 

    National Centre for Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain

    Gottingen University, Germany 

    Paul Sabatier University, Castanet-Tolosan, France 

    Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle/Saale, Germany 

    Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden 


    SERC Overseas Research Fellow, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1986-1988

    AFRC Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Cardiff University, 1988-1990

    MAFF Research Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, 1991-1994

    Research Leader, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, UK, 1994-2001

    Senior Research Leader, Horticulture Research International, Wellesbourne, UK 2001-2003

    Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, 2003-2004

    Aston University-present






    Chairman EBRI Health and Safety Committee


    Distinguished Visitors Award (Aston University) 2019 

    Rising Star of the School of Engineering Award (Aston University) 2006

    Fry Boley Award (Bristol University)

    Kenshall Award (Hoovers)

    Gwilym Williams Memorial Prize for Chmistry (Aberdare Boys Grammar School)  

    Contact Details

    Room: MB111

    Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3415

    Email: g.griffiths@aston.ac.uk

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 2 - Zero Hunger
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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