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Scientists at Swansea University in Wales are using state-of-the-art equipment to develop a breath test for diagnosing diseases, including diabetes and cancer.

During this week's GEN podcast, research team member Dr. Masood Yousef talks about the type of technology that supports the group's research efforts. He discusses how the system works and looks at the evidence for volatile organic compounds in breath being diagnostic of disease. Dr. Masood also describes what a successfully developed final system would look like and specifies the advantages that such a tool would have over current diagnostic techniques.
Dr Masood Yousef, aged 31, was born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, United Kingdom. He studied a Bachelors degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences (sandwich programme) at the University of Sunderland in 1999. He worked for Glaxowellcome (GSK) Ulverston during his sandwich year, at the analytical division unit. He undertook a PhD in analytical method development in detection of degradation products of drugs and dyes using LC & SFC MS technology at Swansea University under the supervision of Professor Dai Games. He worked as a Service Engineer for Agilent technologies looking after pre and post sales support of customers throughout UK and Europe. After two years, he returned to Swansea and is presently appointed as the Environmental Project Coordinator for the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating in the School of Engineering, to liaise closely with customers in the printing and related industries. In addition, he has developed methods for overviewing environmental impact and occupational health status by assessing volatile organic compounds in the printing industry. He has also created strong links within different departments in Swansea University in carrying out exploratory research to expand the portfolio of the Centre. He introduced the department to a new area by looking at printing in biotechnology and the feasibility of exploring biomarkers in medicine for the ultimate application of printed sensors.

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