Jon Ashley

Research Fellow
Food Quality and Safety

Jon moved to INL in Braga as a NanoTRAIN for Growth Fellow in October 2018 to work on the Development of Aptamers for Allergen Detection (DAAD) project. The project aims to utilise ssDNA aptamers which bind to food allergens as receptors in plasmonic based nanosensors for the rapid, sensitive and selective screening of allergens in food samples. The outcomes of the project will potentially lead to better analytical methods for detecting allergens and improvements in selecting aptamers through the reduction of costs, and simplification of selection procedures.

Jon graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2013 with a PhD in Chemistry, focusing on the development of aptamer based biosensors. His first postdoc at the University Hospital Basel focused on the development of therapeutic aptamers for the treatment of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). In 2014, Jon moved to Cranfield University to work on an Innovate UK project to develop molecularly imprinted polymer nanosensors for allergen detection. He then moved to DTU, Nanotech in Denmark in 2016 to work on the development of nanosensors for the screening of antibiotics in pork products.