Project title: Formulation of antioxidant phytochemicals from Sonchus oleraceus L. (pūhā)
Prof. Thomas Rades (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Puha, one of the traditional Maori food plants, is an antioxidant super-food with more antioxidants than blueberries. Puha has potential as an accessible source of natural antioxidants, with associated health benefits.
During this project I will investigate:
• Identification of active antioxidant compounds in pūhā leaf extracts
• Optimization of extraction efficacy and storage conditions
• Evaluation of in vitro cellular activity of pūhā leaf extracts, including cellular antioxidant activity in HepG2 cells and anti-aging effects on WI-38 cells
Subsequent position: After graduation, Ellen moved to Auckland to take up the position of Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist at LabPLUS, Auckland District Health Board.