Afifah Sean

Afifah Sean

Afifah Sean



  • BSc in Business and Environmental Science majoring in Aquaculture, James Cook University (Singapore) 2020 - 2022
  • Diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture, Republic Polytechnic (Singapore) 2016 - 2019


Afifah’s research is aimed at determining the differences in the proteins found in various fish species, with a particular focus on allergens - proteins that can trigger allergic reactions in humans. Allergies to fish and shellfish (seafood) are a major and growing health concern. A better understanding of protein differences would lead to healthier and safer seafood innovations (e.g., cell-cultivated meat). Afifah holds a Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science, majoring in Aquaculture, from JCU, and has worked as an animal health and disease research assistant at the Tropical Futures Institute.

Thesis Title

Understanding protein differences to make healthier and safer seafood.

Advisory Panel

Primary: Prof Andreas Lopata, Secondary: Dr Thimo Ruethers

Research Interests

  • Food safety – Adverse reactions to food
  • Proteomics – Seafood allergies – Fish allergies
  • Sustainable food security – Alternative protein – Cell-cultivation meat