Characterization of microbes

This webinar will cover crucial aspects of sample preparation, spectral acquisition, pre-processing, and multivariate statistical analysis of spectral data inherent to characterization of microbes, microbial identification and strain typing by FTIR spectroscopy. Illustrative examples of the technique’s practical implementation will be shown.

Watch this webinar to learn about these topics:
  • Development of rapid and reagent-free identification of microbes using FTIR
  • Advantages of FTIR spectroscopy for strain typing of microbes 
  • Advances in FTIR technology for microbiological and molecular biochemistry research
About the presenters
Dr. Jennifer Empey

Dr. Ashraf Ismail, Associate Professor, McGill University
Dr. Ashraf Ismail is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University. He obtained his B.Sc. (Biochemistry) and Ph.D. (Chemistry) degrees from McGill University and did postdoctoral studies at École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris. He has over 25 years of experience in the study of biomolecules and biological systems by FTIR spectroscopy and co-founded the McGill IR Group with the aim of advancing the application of FTIR spectroscopy in food science research and in food analysis. Over the past decade, a major component of his research program has been directed toward the development of rapid FTIR-based methods for microbial identification and typing that are of potential applicability in food or clinical microbiology.

Dr. Jennifer Empey

Dr. Suja Sukumaran, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Product Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Dr. Suja Sukumaran is a Product Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany, as part of the international Max Planck Research School, and is the co-inventor of US PATENTS on ‘MspA Nanopores and related methods’ licensed to Illumina Inc. She has expertise and extensive experience in molecular spectroscopy, visible and fluorescence imaging, protein, and lipid biochemistry.Her current research interests are AI for protein folding, microplastics, and recycling.

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