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Section Description

The analytical laboratory at IAS is an internationally accredited laboratory that offers a wide range of services in the analyses of foods, feeds and water to its customers.  There is also a biofuel section which is capable of carrying out various tests in bio-diesel as well as paraffin diesel at international standards.  The laboratory also carry out a limited scope of soil testing.  

The laboratory is well equipment to be able to meet international standards.  Equipment used include Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP) Spectroscopy, Flow Injection Nutrient Analyzer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometers (Flame AAS, Flow Injection Hydride Generation AAS, Graphite Furnace AAS), UV/VIS Spectrophotometers, High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph units,  Microbiological Support Equipment, Freeze Dryers and other routine laboratory equipment.

Staff members are well trained to deliver the level of service expected of a commercial laboratory.

For Laboratory Services please click here.

 

Contact Person:

Name: Usaia Dolodolotawake

Title: Lab Manager

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: usaia.dolodolotawake(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32967

 

 

Projects

Lab Projects 2009 - 2013

  •  Product development - “Taki Mai”:  For more than a decade the Food Unit of IAS has been working with potential partners to develop commercial products based on the relaxing properties of chemicals found in kava.  Obstacles have been finding a low-cost method to obtain these kava lactones and countering European claims that some extraction methods gave unsafe products.  IAS staff solved the former problem and an Australian scientist has shown this product to be safe and effective.  Working with the team that marketed Fiji Water in the United States a relaxation drink called “Taki Mai” has been developed to be launched in early 2013.
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Analysis, funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) - IAS is also a United Nations regional center of excellence for the analysis of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  A regional United National Environment Program project funded by the Global Environment Facility to determine baseline levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in human milk and the atmosphere in six Pacific countries.  An inception meeting was held in Suva and training workshops in each of the countries involved.  POPs are harmful chemicals that are airborne, persist in the environment and accumulate in fatty tissues.  A global (Stockholm) Convention regulates the production of these chemicals.  In 2011 IAS completed a three-year project to determine baseline levels of POPs in humans (via breast milk) and the environment (passive sampling of air).  In general POPs concentration are low in the Pacific relative to other countries except for DDT, which has been widely used in the region for mosquito control.  
  • A study to assess factors that affect the cyanide content in cassava during growth and processing conducted for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  New Zealand and Australia had proposed stringent regulations on the trade in cassava and cassava products that were to be scrutinized by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius.  
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project on food analysis in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga where IAS assists a number of laboratories in providing advice on analysis and quality assurance.  Vitamin A activity of traditional foods from Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have been analyzed to encourage consumption of healthier cultivars
  • Through collaboration with SOPAC and WHO, IAS assisted several regional countries to improve their water quality laboratories.  Visits were made to assist the microbiology work and proficiency samples were also sent to the laboratories.
  •  Low-technology solar fruit drying
  • A coconut oil marketing feasibility study
  •  A shelf-life study on a kava/noni fruit drink and a microbiological risk assessment study on tuna



Research

Laboratory Services: Research & Postgraduate Studies

The list below contains thesis titles from both Masters (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) research by the IAS Laboratory postgraduates, for both completed and current students. Click on thesis titles (blue text) to read more about each research.

ID

Degree

Thesis Title

Staff/Student Name

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1

MSc

 

  1. Determination of trends in the ambient air Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) concentrations in the Pacific Islands Region using polyurethane foam based passive air samplers.
  2. Levels of persistent organic pollutants and 2,2,4,4-tetrabromodiphenylether (PBDE No. 47) in freshwater mussels (Batissa violacea) in Fiji Rivers and seawater shellfish Anadara antiquata (kaikoso) in Fiji coastal waters.

 

Mr. Waisea Votadroka

2

MSc

Human mercury exposure in relation to fish consumption in Fiji.

Ms. Maureen Kumar

3

MSc

Determination of Niacin using colorimetric and HPLC method in some selected Pacific Island foods.

Ms. Priti Maharaj

4

MSc

Salmonella in eggs and chicken.

Ms. Ashika Dayal

6

MSc

Prevalence of pathogenic bacteria in shellfish and the effectiveness of closed water depuration system with biofilter on removal of this pathogenic bacteria.

Ms. Shristi Kumar

7

MSc

 

  1. Analysis of foliates in foods by microbiological assay.
  2. Determining folate content in some Fijian foods

 

Mrs. Viola Lesi

8

MSc

Monitoring for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Fiji's environment.

Mr. Vincent Lal

9

MSc

Analysis of Trans fatty acid in Fiji foods by Fourier transform Infrared Technology

 

Mr. Riaz Ali

Mr. Mohammed riaz Ali

Staffs

Laboratory Services Staff List

Name: Usaia Dolodolotawake

Title: Lab Manager

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: usaia.dolodolotawake(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32967

Name: Arun Pande

Title: Senior Technician Microbiology

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: arun.pande(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32326

 

 

 

Name: Ashika Dayal

Title: Scientific Officer

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: ashika.dayal(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32327

 

Name: Anjila Nand

Title: Scientific Officer

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: anjila.nand(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32327

 

Name: Kara Fong

Title: Scientific Officer

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: karalaini.rabo(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32909/32 32971

Name: Philip Gabriel

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: philip.gabriel(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

 

Name: Akata Ratuwalesi

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: akata.ratuwalesi(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

 

Name: Jaya Balram

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: jaya.balram(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

 

Name: Jeremaia Koroijuita

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: jeremaia.koroijuita(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

Name: Iliana Koroi

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: iliana.koroi(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

 

Name: Dhirendra Prasad

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services (Biofuel)

Email: dhirendra.prasad(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32956

 

Name: Indar Singh

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: indar.singh(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32327

 

Name :Kirti Naidu

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: kirti.naidu(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

 

Name: Kinisalote Nalau

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: kinisalote.nalau(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32956

 

Name: Rosie Kumar

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: rosie.kumar(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

Name: Kacaraini Saqanaivalu

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: kacaraini.saqanaivalu@usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

Name: Anaseini Turukawa

Title: Lab Technician

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: anaseini.turukawa@usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971

 

Name: Sitela Rokodinicagi

Title: Assistant Technician

Unit: Micro Biology Services

Email: sitela.rokodinicagi(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32327

 

Name: Unaisi Galo

Title: Assistant Technician

Unit: Micro Biology Services

Email: unaisi.galo(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32327

Name: Unaisi Vikumui

Title: Lab Attendant

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: unaisi.vikumui(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32327

Name: Mili Talei

Title: Lab Attendant

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: mili.talei(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32971


Name: Suliano Kanavakatini

Title: Driver/Handyman

Unit: Administration Unit

Email: suliano.kanavakatini(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 323 2965

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