Speakers - Dr Janet

Dr. Janet Taylor

Dr Janet Taylor is a research officer in the Department of Food Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Janet undertakes research and development work into the functional properties of plant proteins with specific interest in the prolamin proteins of sorghum and maize. Her research is aimed at increasing the use of these well-adapted locally cultivated grains in foods and food ingredients, thereby improving regional food security and developing local industries. Her areas of expertise are sorghum and maize protein extraction, bioplastics and biomaterials and the development of potential applications and uses for these materials, including their use in encapsulation and gluten-free dough systems.

A patent arising from her work has been registered in ten countries.

Janet has recently received a researcher rating from the South African National Research Foundation.