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Scientific Research Leader



Full Name:

Fonoti Lilo Samani Carel Tupufia 

Position:

Scientific Research Leader 

Email address:

samani.tupufia@srosmanagement.org.ws

Contact Telephone:

+685 20664 

Biography:

“Through science, I believe we can make a difference” graduated from Waikato University (Hamilton, NZ) in 2004 with Bachelor degree in Resource and Environmental Planning. In late 2004 to mid 2007 have worked for MNRE:DEC as a terrestrial biodiversity researcher, focusing on bird monitoring and surveying and invasive species research for managing their spread in Samoa. In mid 2007, I worked at SROS in the renewable energy division, focusing on biofuels mainly Biodiesel production and laboratory research. In 2010 to 2011 have studied at University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), doing a Masters by Research. Research looked at comparison of three biodiesel production process using an acid, alkali and enzyme catalysts. This research also included fermentation studies on the using of glycerol by-product from enzyme process as a carbon source for yeast growth.

Main Research focus:
1. Biodiesel
  • evaluating enzymatic process using immobilized lipase, for recycling 
  • Using new technique such as sonication to improve the efficiency of the process
  • Optimizing biodiesel production at the pilot scale (using 200 L plant)
  • Developing a process to utilize the glycerol by-product from pilot plant
2. Bio-ethanol
  • Process development focusing on cassava, breadfruit and nonu for ethanol production at the lab scale
  • Investigate strategies to improve the bio-ethanol production using novel techniques such as sonication and microwave pretreatments.


Qualifications:
  • 2010-2011 Masters Degree by Research: School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2007 Certificate in Biotechnology Application in Food Industry (Beijing China)
  • 2006 Certificate in GIS application in Man and Biosphere Reserves (Beijing, China)
  • 2001-2004 Bachelor of Social Science (University of Waikato)
Principal Research Scientist


Full Name:

Annie Tuisuga 

Email address:

annie.toailoa@sros.org.ws

Contact Telephone:

+685 20664 

Biography:

Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I found employment at the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries (MAF) from 2011 - 2013, under the research section of the Animal Production & Health Division. While at MAF, I was tasked with researching into innovative and sustainable methods of farming and feedstock.

I then moved to SROS and have been working here since. I have been fortunate to gain different skill sets from the various types of projects and laboratory work I have been exposed to since beginning work here. This includes: microbiological testing of water and food samples; plant and post-harvest research on taro, vanilla and breadfruit; and environmental work in quality monitoring of our waterways and carrying out environmental assessments of potential developments.

Qualifications:

BSc, majoring in Physical Geography & Environmental Science (Auckland University, NZ)

Master of Environmental Studies (Victoria University, Wellington, NZ)


Principal Research Scientist

Full Name:
Moon Chan

Email address:
moon.chan@sros.org.ws

Contact Telephone:
+685 20664

Biography:
Graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) focusing essentially on orthopaedic engineering. My core area of interest in university was on prosthetics design looking into biomaterials, biomechanics and biocompatibility as well as drug approval processes. This encompassed planning efficient clinical trials to meet with the ISO standards to gain approval from the regulatory government body. As such, working with SROS has enabled me to put to use my knowledge of ISO requisites and apply it to safe laboratory practice.

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical) from University of Sydney
Research Scientist

Full Name:
Fiti Laupua

Email address:
fiti.laupua@sros.org.ws

Contact Telephone:
+685 20664
Research Scientist

Full Name:
Rodney Mulipola 

Email address:
rodney.mulipola@sros.org.ws

Contact Telephone:
+685 20664

Biography

I was working as a Lab Technician at National University of Samoa for the last two years and now I’m working as Research Scientist (RS) in SROS.

Qualifications:

BSc Environmental and Computer Studies (NUS)

Lab Assistant

Full Name:
Mene Niko 

Email address:
-

Contact Telephone:
+685 20664
Casual

Full Name:
Pio Bell 

Email address:
-

Contact Telephone:
+685 20664