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Research interests reside in applying innovative effect-based bioanalysis techniques including proteomic and metabolomic profiling tools to issues relating to food safety with a particular emphasis on identifying chemical and biological agent exposure in the feed/food/animal supply chain. On-going research projects within the Institute for Global Food Security focus on development of techniques for emerging chemical contaminant monitoring and detection in the food supply chain and food-producing animals, and the development of new technologies to enhance the efficacy of disease diagnosis and screening in animal production systems.

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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a biological science or analytical chemistry related field, who are interested in development of techniques for more effective detection and monitoring of emerging chemical threats and endemic diseases affecting food safety and sustainable food production.

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Research students

PhD title: Development of stable synthetic vaccines for mucosal-based protection of food producing animals

Name: Natalia Zaykalova

Years of Study: 2016-2019


PhD title: Development of sensor-based diagnostics for animal health applications

Name: Michaela Crummy

Years of Study: 2016-2019

PhD title: Targeted quantitative analysis of metabolites of emerging anabolic drugs of abuse by advanced mass spectrometry techniques

Name: Emiliano Ventura

Years of Study: 2015-2018

Alumni: where are they now?

Name: Dr Joanna Keenan 

Research Officer, Devenish Nutrition Ltd – Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Metabolomic approaches to assessing pre-slaughter stress in relation to beef quality

Years of Study: 2011 - 2015


Name: Dr Ruth Kinkead 

Higher Scientific Officer, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) – Northern Ireland

PhD title: Proteomic and metabolomic blood profiling to detect illegal drug use in food producing animals

Years of Study: 2012-2016

Name: Dr Darren Gray 

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Global Food Security – Queen’s University Belfast

PhD Title: Biomarker screening tools to improve the control and prevention of endemic Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD)

Years of Study: 2010-2014

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