Helen Collins

Dr Helen Collins

Grant-Funded Researcher (B)

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

I am a Research Associate in the Adelaide Glycoscience Research Group, University of Adelaide, Waite Campus. My research has concentrated on the crops we eat, in particular barley. I am interested in the plant cell walls of grains and how they influence the processes involved in the synthesis and hydrolysation during grain development and germination and how this impacts end uses such as malting and brewing and human health.

Adelaide GlycoScience Group

I am currently employed on an ARC Linkage Grant involving the Adelaide Glycoscience Group, Adelaide Glycomics, Carlsberg Brewery and Coopers Brewery.

The project has two main objectives.

  1. To investigate the processes involved in early germination of barley with the aim of improving the efficiency of the malting process. This involves the use of microscopic and biochemical methods to investigate the changes occurring during germination.
  2. To assess the waste products from the malting and brewing industry for potentially beneficial compounds with the aim of valourisation. Using techniques such as LC/MS/MS and HPLC we are looking for looking for compounds that may have alternative uses.

 barley grain


2012 - Current
Techniques in Plant Biotechnology
Postgraduate Coursework course
Developed and presented, two-week practical component for Plant Biotechnological students at the University of Adelaide
(first-year Master of Science degree).
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (B)
  • Phone: 83137168
  • Email: helen.collins@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83137116
  • Campus: Waite
  • Building: Plant Genomics Centre
  • Org Unit: School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - WT

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