Food Safety and Nutrition

The primary focus of the Food Safety and Nutrition (FSN) grouping resides in fundamental and applied research linking key aspects of food production, food safety and security, animal and human nutrition and health, and consumer behaviour.  The group encompasses a wide range of expertise and technical skills across diverse fields including: advanced molecular biology and bioinformatics; cell biology signalling; microbiology; analytical chemistry; geochemistry; high level spectroscopy and spectrometry analysis; proteomic and metabolomic analysis; recombinant protein expression and peptide engineering; immunoassay and biosensor design; food chain traceability systems; risk perception and communication; animal and human nutrition; and food pathogen detection and control.

The work and research of the Food Safety and Nutrition (FSN) grouping is closely aligned to the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) within QUB which aims to play a leading role in national and global efforts to provide the world's growing population with a sustainable, safe and secure supply of high quality food.

Dr Katrina Campbell
Antibody production; novel binders; biosensors and microarray diagnostics; natural toxins and chemical contaminants.

Dr Cuong Cao
Micro- and nanotechnologies for detection and diagnostics.

Dr Lisa Connolly
Endocrine disruptors, food chain and environmental contamination, toxicological analysis, mechanistic study, effects on mammalian health.

Professor Moira Dean
Food chain actors and consumer food choice behaviour; Risk perception and communication; Consumer and health.

Professor Chris Elliott
Detection and mitigation of accidental and deliberate contamination of the global food system.

Dr Brian Green
Metabolite (metabolomic) signatures of human disease; dietary metabolites; nutraceuticals; metabolic disease; neurodegenerative disease.

Dr Tassos Koidis
Food authenticity and fraud detection; food quality; vegetable oils and fats; emerging food technologies.

Dr Danielle McCarthy

Professor Andy Meharg
Biogeochemical cycling of trace element nutrients (iodine, selenium, copper, zinc etc.) and toxicants (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury etc.) in agronomic systems.

Dr Caroline Meharg
Next-Generation Sequencing and the study of genomes/transcriptomes and their response to and interaction with the environment.

Dr Anne Nugent
Collection and utilisation of data to understand how foods can influence health and how this data can be used to underpin public health policy and guide product development.

Dr Mark Mooney (Director of Research)
Profiling of in vivo responses to chemical and biological agents; development of metabolite and protein marker based detection and diagnosis screening platforms (mass spectrometric and biosensor); investigation of the effectiveness of new animal health (dietary and vaccine) strategies.

Professor Niamh O'Connell
Farm animal behaviour and welfare.

Professor Nigel Scollan

Dr Chen Situ
Food safety and security; chemical and drug residue contaminants; novel antimicrobials; natural products for human and animal health.

Dr Katerina Theodoridou
Animal nutrition; Alternative animal feed sources.

Dr Paul Williams
Soil and environmental biogeochemistry; chemical speciation of trace element (toxic and essential) uptake by plants; in situ environmental monitoring.

To find out more visit the The Institute for Global Food Security website.