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Mr Adrian Bugeja Douglas
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Lab Officer II and Casual Lecturer
Lab 4/5, Agriculture Farmhouse, Ground Floor
+356 2340 2322

Mr Adrian Bugeja Douglas is employed as a Lab Officer II with the Division of Rural Sciences and Food Systems within the Institute of Earth Systems, having previously worked in the Molecular Genetics laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malta and an M.Sc. in Plant Molecular Genetics from the University of Nottingham. Mr Bugeja Douglas’s area of specialisation is molecular genetics, and the title of his MSc research project was A Preliminary Study on the Genetic Transformation of Hedysarium coronarium (common name French Honeysuckle, Maltese common name “Silla”).  In partial fulfilment of the requirements of his Master Degree, he also presented a literature review on the current state of plant promoters and gene stability in transgenic plants.
Mr Bugeja Douglas's main research area is agricultural genetics of local animal breeds and plant varieties. He currently lectures in biology, genetics, biotechnology, and genetic resources within the Institute’s courses and in the areas of history of agriculture and food sciences with other departments.  Mr Bugeja Douglas is the Co-ordinator of the Institute’s current research project on the Molecular Characterization of Maltese Honey that aims to evaluate the quality and floral origin of the honey produced in the Maltese Islands.  He is also involved in two other externally-funded projects: Simbiotic and T-Cheese.

Research Interests

  • Genetics characterisation of local farm animal breeds
  • Genetic characterisation of local crops, plants and trees
  • Physico-chemicals characterisation of honey
  • Food origin traceability
  • Agriculture history






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