Validation of real-time PCR methods for the multiplex identification of allergens in food products

Food allergy is a public health concern and an important food safety issue. In Europe there are fourteen priority food allergens that must be declared. The development and implementation of quick and effective allergen detection methods is essential to ensure accurate labelling and to detect cross-contamination of allergens in food products.

Aim of the project

The objective of this project is to validate published multiplex real-time PCR methods and to compare the sensitivity and specificity of the method to those of immunochemical methods for allergen detection.

What we are asking

We seek an enthusiastic BSc student with relevant training and knowledge in molecular biology for a period of 3 - 6 months. Please contact Ingrid Scholtens for more information.