Ross graduated in Chemistry and Business studies in 1978. Since then he has been involved with several companies in business development and research predominantly in food texture. After heading up a Unilever food gums business unit he cofounded CyberColloids in 2002 with 3 Unilever colleagues.
Dr Kevin Philp
Kevin did his PhD on the chemistry of alginate and then worked for seven years on cellulosics R & D focusing mainly on HPMC structure and functionality. This was followed by six years as the development manager for Quest International working mainly on carrageenan factory development and seaweed processing as well as galactomannan stucture function understanding. Kevin Joined CyberColloids in 2002.
Dr Angie Trius
Angie is a doctor in veterinary medicine and obtained a Masters degree in Meat Science at Iowa State University (1994). She worked at Quest International (a Unilever Company) as Meat and Meals technologist in the Food Science and Technology centre (1995-1998). She progressed within Quest and took various challenges as Application Manager Savoury (1998-1999), Hydrocolloids Regional Product group manager (1999-2000) and Global Culinary Marketing manager (2001-2002). She is one of the founders and managers of CyberColloids Ltd.
Dr Mariel Brooks
Mariel obtained her first degree in Chemistry from Galway in 1990. At the same University she studied for her Ph.D. in the area of carbohydrate chemistry. After obtaining her Ph.D. in 1995 she worked at the University as analyst/researcher developing high performance anion exchange chromatography. In July 1995 Mariel joined the pharmaceutical company Pinewood Healthcare as Validation Coordinator. In 1996 Mariel joined Quest International (Ireland) as Hydrocolloids Process & Product Development Chemist. While in Quest Mariel worked in various areas including galactomannan development and carrageenan factory development. Mariel joined Cybercolloids in 2003.
Dr Sarah Hotchkiss
Sarah has a PhD in Marine Botany from the University of Adelaide (2000) and a research background in the biology, ecology & taxonomy of seaweeds. Since joining CyberColloids in 2006 she has been actively involved in a wide range of projects that have focussed on finding novel or value added uses for seaweed, particularly for health, nutrition and flavour. Sarah is Projects Manager at CyberColloids and the primary contact for the company’s externally funded (EU and National) research projects.
Dr Aislinn Richardson
Aislinn joined CyberColloids in 2020. She initially graduated with her BSc in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork in 2012. Aislinn spent time working in food quality before returning to UCC to complete a PhD in Food Science and Technology in 2015. Her PhD focused on the impact of sugar and fat reduction strategies on the quality and sensory properties of bakery products. Aislinn has a keen interest in sensory science and product reformulation and also has experience working in product development.
Siyao joined CyberColloids in 2021. She is a recipient of the international scholarship (merit-based) to study in Ireland, where she attained a MEngSc degree in Food Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD). In addition to this, she holds a HDip in Food Science at University College Cork (UCC) and a BEng in Food Engineering at Dalian University of Technology (DUT). Professionally, Siyao has extensive experience working in NPD Research and Quality Assurance roles across the Starch and Beverage industries.
Sean graduated University College Cork in 2018 with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences, he went on to do an MSc by research which he completed in 2021. Sean’s main research areas in his MSc were plant-based meat alternatives and product reformulations, focusing on additive reduction in meat products. Sean has a keen interest in product and recipe reformulation and development as well as much experience in sensory science and analysis of foods.