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Dr Andrew Simkin

Dr Andrew Simkin

Research Fellow

University of Kent


Dr Simkin joined the School of Biosciences in 2021. Dr Simkin carried out his PhD studying carotenoid deposition in tomato fruit at the Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble, France. After completing his PhD, he spent 2 years at the University of Florida, USA, studying enzymes involved in the flavour and aroma of fruits and flowers. Returning to France in 2006, as a senior researcher at NESTLE, he studied the accumulation of oils and carotenoids in coffee beans and their role in the flavour of roasted coffee. In 2012, he returned to the United Kingdom, working on the multigene manipulation of photosynthetic carbon assimilation. Andrew’s principal research activities over the past 20 years have focused on the production of secondary metabolites implicated in the nutritional quality of foods (tomato, pepper, coffee) and in plant development. He is interested in manipulating photosynthesis to improve biomass and fruit yields for the horticultural industry and important oil crops. Further interested in all areas of plant development – from improving fruit quality and development targeting increased fruit yields (and quality), bio-pharmaceuticals and industrially important secondary metabolites (high-value metabolites (including biofuels, bioplastics) and bio-fortification of food crops).

Area of expertise

  • Plant breeding and genetics
    • Genetic Modification
    • Crop quality
    • Crop Nutrition
  • Alternative Protein technology
  • Flavour and sensory analysis
  • Crop Improvement