Dr Gordon Lowe
Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry
Dr Gordon Lowe's research interests at LJMU cover;
- The extensive study of the role of Lycopene in protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer (in collaboration with European colleagues)
- study of nutraceuticals including, garlic, (for cardioprotection) green tea, (immunostimulating properties) ginger, echinacea, aswell as the cardioprotective nature of carotenoids.
This is aswell as investigating the interactions of B-Carotene with cigarette smoke, in order to identify carotenoid oxidation products and their influence on the growth of neoplastic lung cells.
Dr Lowe' most current research focusses on 'The European study of the role of Lycopene in the protection against cardiovascular disease and cancer' primarily through the Lycocard Project.
As Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry at LJMU, Dr Lowe has been an integral part of the Faculty of Science's research active team since 1998, and his continued study is central to the work of the Nutraceutical Research Group housed within LJMU's School of Biomolecular Sciences. He has had over 20 peer-reviewed papers/reports published on topics such as; 'Antioxidant properties of aged garlic extract'; 'Medicinal and biochemical properties of garlic, ginger and green tea'; and the 'Association with venous thromboembolism in pregnancy and screening issues' in collaboration with fellow academics.
The Lycocard concept however is the main focus of his current research work. He regularly teaches within the subject frameworks of Biochemistry, Haematology and Cell Biology. Dr Lowe is also a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences, a member of both the European Free Radical Society and the Institute of Learning and Teaching.
Dr Lowe has gained continued support and funding for his work from amongst others;
- Wakunaga of America, California
- Quest Vitamins, Birmingham
- Muller Foods
- The British Council
1. El-Agami A, Lowe, G.M, McGarvey DJ, Mortensen A, Phillip DM, Truscott TG and Young AJ. (2004) Carotenoid radical chemistry and anti/pro-oxidant properties. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
2. Young, A.J., Phillip, D. and Lowe, G.M. (2004) Carotenoid antioxidant activity. Chapter 5. In: Carotenoids in Health and Disease (Krinsky, N.I., Mayne, S.T. and Sies, H., eds.) Marcel Dekker Inc., New York
3. Antioxidant properties of aged garlic extract – An in vitro study incorporating human low-density lipoprotein. S.A.Dillon, R.S.Burmi, Lowe, G.M, D.Billington and K.Rahman (2003). Life Sciences
4. Immunomodulation of isolated human neutrophils by a green tea extract. K.Gana, K.Rahman and Lowe, G.M (2003). Journal of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medical Foods
5. Lowe G.M. , Vlismas K. and Young A.J. (2003) Carotenoids as prooxidants? Molecular Aspects of Medicine
6. Medicinal and Biochemical Properties of Garlic, Ginger and Green Tea. K.Gana, S.A.Dillon, Lowe, G.M and K.Rahman (2002). Recent Research Developments in Nutrition
7. Dietary supplementation with aged garlic extract reduces plasma and urine concentrations of 8-iso-prostaglandin F2 in smoking and non-smoking men and women. S.A.Dillon, Lowe, G.M, D.Billington and K.Rahman (2002). Journal of Nutrition