Mengyao Zhang

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Postgraduate Student

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I graduated from Hunan University, China and University of Dundee in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology. My final year research project was conducted under the supervision of Professor Graeme McLeod. The project was titled ‘Fabrication of an anatomic phantom for application of anaesthesia in the brachial plexus’, focused on helping anaesthetists practise.

I started at the University of Bristol in November 2017 for a MSc by Research degree, is supervised by Professor Richard Evershed and based in the Organic Geochemistry Unit (OGU).

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The analysis of organic remains left on archaeological artefacts is important because it shows how humans used artefacts, reveals previous vessel use, ancient diet, trade and economy. The field of organic residue analysis (ORA) applies a range of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques. Given ORA programs in archaeology typical require analyses of many 100s or even 1000s of organic residues an automated approach to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) data analysis would be highly desirable.

My research title is high throughput automated GC-MS for ORA in archaeology.  The aim of my project is to develop an automated high throughput GC-MS algorithm for compound identification and quantification for ORA. A major part of it is to construct and specialist MS library for ORA.

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