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Associate Professor Mary Boyce

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5273, Email: m.boyce@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.354
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5273
Email: m.boyce@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.354  

 

Mary is an Associate Professor within the School of Science.

Current Teaching

  • SCC1111 General Chemistry
  • SCC2301 Forensic and Analytical Chemistry
  • SCC3201 Analytical Chemistry
  • SCC3304 Chemistry Project

Course Coordinator

  • Applied and Analytical Chemistry

Background

  • 1990 - Lecturer Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • 1992 - Associate Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 1996 - Lecturer, Edith Cowan University
  • 2001 - Senior Lecturer, Edith Cowan University

Research Areas and Interests

Analytical chemistry is my principal area of research. In particular, I have been active in the development and application of emerging analytical technologies including capillary electrophoresis and solid-phase microextraction. My work involves fundamental chemical research to better understand the chemical processes involved in isolating and separating target compounds. As an analytical chemist, I also get the opportunity to collaborate with scientists on a range of projects including: determining secondary metabolites that protect plants against herbivore attack; phenolic, sugar and amino acid profiles in WA seagrasses; using metabolomics to better understand polycystic kidney disease, phyochemicals in vegetables and additives in food.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate (Tertiary Teaching), Edith Cowan University, 2010.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ireland, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Science, Ireland, 1987.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • The Predicting and Managing the Impacts of Wildfire and Prescription Burns on Water Quality and Water-Related Assets Project,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2019 - 2023,  $1,587,150.
  • Sponsorship Agreement for Research Fellow in Analytical Chemistry/Proteomics,  Chemistry Centre WA T/A ChemCentre,  Research Fellowship Grant,  2017 - 2021,  $470,000.
  • ECU-Thermo Research Facility Manager,  Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2017 - 2019,  $286,353.
  • Visiting Fellow Dr Veronica Vasuki Vamathevan,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Visiting Fellow Grant Scheme,  2018,  $5,000.
  • Food and Nutrition Postgraduate Scholarship ,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO),  CSIRO - Scholarship,  2016 - 2018,  $18,382.
  • Investigating lipid synthesis pathways in genetically modified seeds,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • Improving barley malting quality through a combined metabolomics and transcriptomics approach,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • Deamidation, an innovative way to improve protein functionality,  Edith Cowan University,  Edith Cowan University, School of Science Early Career Grant Scheme Semester 1, 2017,  2017,  $10,000.
  • High resolution mass spectrometry for metabolomics and proteomics research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $1,450,000.
  • Micropropagation and Clonal Variation of Teak (Tectona Grandis),  Integrated Tree Cropping Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2008 - 2011,  $70,638.
  • Selection and Clonal propagation of high yielding hazel ( Corylus avellana) for improved truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and hazelnut production,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2008,  $152,700.
  • Clonal propagation of hazel (Corylus avellana) for increased nut and truffle production,  Wine and Truffle Company,  Grant,  2007 - 2008,  $7,219.
  • Determination of optimal storage conditions for the transportation of Western Australian grown Tuber melanosporum to international markets,  Wine and Truffle Company,  Grant,  2007,  $8,510.
  • Micropropagation and clonal variation of Teak (Tectona grandis),  Rewards Group Ltd,  Grant,  2005 - 2006,  $68,289.
  • Establishing best practice protocols in the management of occupational and environmental health in a high risk mining and ore processing environment.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Lo, J., Coghlan, M., Boyce, M., Bird, A., Lyons-Wall, P., Devine, A., (2019), Long‑term Paleolithic diet is associated with lower resistant starch intake, different gut microbiota composition and increased serum TMAO concentrations. European Journal of Nutrition, epub ahead of Print(July 2019), 14p., DOI: 10.1007/s00394-019-02036-y.
  • Le, TT., Shafaei Darestani, A., Genoni, A., Christophersen, C., Devine, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Boyce, M., (2019), Development and validation of a simple LC-MS/MS method for the simultaneous quantitative determination of trimethylamine-N-oxide and branched chain amino acids in human serum. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 411(5), 1019–1028, DOI: 10.1007/s00216-018-1522-8.
  • Genoni, A., Lo, J., Lyons-Wall, P., Boyce, M., Christophersen, C., Bird, A., Devine, A., (2019), A Paleolithic diet lowers resistant starch intake but does not affect serum trimethylamine-N-oxide concentrations in healthy women. The British Journal of Nutrition: an international journal of nutritional science, 121(3), 322-329, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S000711451800329X.
  • Boyce, M., Lawler, N., Tu, Y., Reinke, S., (2019), Introducing Undergraduate Students to Metabolomics Using Liquid Chromatography–High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Horse Blood. Journal of Chemical Education, 96(4), 745-750, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00625.
  • Ma, Q., Adua, E., Boyce, M., Li, X., Ji, G., Wang, W., (2018), IMass time: The future, in future!. OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology, 22(11), 679-695, United States, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc Publishers, DOI: 10.1089/omi.2018.0162.
  • Jones, J., Dibattista, JD., Stat, M., Bunce, M., Boyce, M., Fairclough, DV., Travers, MJ., Huggett, M., (2018), The Microbiome of the Gastrointestinal Tract of a Range-Shifting Marine Herbivorous Fish. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9(28 August 2018), Article no.2000, DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02000.
  • Manaf, F., Lawler, N., Peiffer, J., Maker, G., Boyce, M., Fairchild, T., Broadhurst, D., (2018), Characterizing the plasma metabolome during and following a maximal exercise cycling test. Journal of Applied Physiology, 125(4), 1193-1203, Bethesda, USA, American Physiological Society, DOI: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00499.2018.
  • Phelps, C., Boyce, M., Huggett, M., (2017), Future climate change scenarios differentially affect three abundant algal species in southwestern Australia. Marine Environmental Research, 126(2017), 69-80, DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.02.008.
  • Kalsoom, U., Guijt, RM., Boyce, M., Townsend, AT., Haselberg, R., Breadmore, MC., (2016), Direct electrokinetic injection of inorganic cations from whole fruits and vegetables for capillary electrophoresis analysis. Journal of Chromatography A, 1428(8 January 2016), 346-351, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2015.08.012.
  • Hinwood, A., Stasinska, A., Callan, A., Heyworth, J., Ramalingam, M., Boyce, M., McCafferty, P., Odland, J., (2015), Maternal exposure to alkali, alkali earth, transition and other metals: Concentrations and predictors of exposure. Environmental Pollution, 204(2015), 256-263, Oxford, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.04.024.
  • Kalsoom, U., Breadmore, M., Guijt, R., Boyce, M., (2014), Evaluation of potential cationic probes for the detection of proline and betaine. Electrophoresis, 35(23), 3379-3386, Wiley-VCH Verlag, DOI: 10.1002/elps.201400303.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  METAL EXPOSURE IN NON- OCCUPATIONALLY EXPOSED PREGNANT WOMEN OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA AND CONTRIBUTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  PREDICTING THE IMPACT OF FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE ON ECOLOGICALLY IMPORTANT MACROALGAE
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  ANALYSIS OF PLANT ANALYTES USING CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS AND HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY
  • Master by Research: Analysis of the volatile components in vanilla extracts and flavourings by solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  SPATIAL VARIATION OF ALLANBLACKIA PARVIFLORA SEED PRODUCTS IN GHANA: CHEMICAL AND ETHNOBOTANICAL EXPLORATION
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  DEVELOPMENT OF CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS FOR THE ANALYSIS OF PHENOLICS AND GLUCORAPHANIN IN BRASSICA OLERACEA.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  FACTORS CONTROLLING WETLAND SEDIMENT RESPONSE TO ALTERNATE WETTING AND DRYING AND HOW THIS AFFECTS WATER QUALITY.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  VERTICORDIA MICROPROPAGATION THROUGH DIRECT EX VITRO ROOTING.
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  ESTABLISHMENT OF ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI (AMF) ON MICROPROPAGATED TEAK (TECTONA GRANDIS L. F.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  INORGANIC HYDROGEOCHEMICAL RESPONSES TO FIRES IN WETLAND SEDIMENTS ON THE SWAN COASTAL PLAIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
  • Master of Science (Interdisciplinary Studies),  EVALUATION OF A MODIFIED FOOD FREQUENCY QUESTIONNAIRE TO MEASURE LIGNANS IN AUSTRALIAN MEN AND WOMEN
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  STIMULATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SANDALWOOD (SANTALUM SPICATUM) OIL PRODUCTION USING MULTIPLE TREATMENTS.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  HEALTH IMPACTS AND DIETARY COMPOSITION OF THE PALEOLITHIC AND AUSTRALIAN GUIDE TO HEALTHY EATING DIETS IN AUSTRALIA
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  A SALT ON THE LAND: THE OSMOLYTE PRODUCTION AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES OF SELECTED MYRTACEAE SPECIES EXPOSED TO SALT AND WATER STRESS.
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