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Dr Chris Sinclair

Team leader and expert in regulatory environmental risk assessment processes, registration requirements and guidance for pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicines and pesticides.

Chris is our EcoChemistry section leader, responsible for 22 members of staff and a project manager, ensuring the delivery of chemical environmental fate, behaviour and effects work programmes, as well as risk assessments. Chris is also our resident expert for in-silico effects and exposure methods (e.g. QSAR and read-across) within the risk assessment framework - methods to provide data on chemicals when experimentally determined data are unavailable.

Chris has a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of York, an MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham and a BSc (Hons.) in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham. Since joining Fera in 2004 he has supervised eight PhD students.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys tinkering with the engine of his kit car and attending track days.

Key achievements:

  • Account manager for Fera's largest commercial customer
  • Lead for the environmental risk assessment activities for human and veterinary pharmaceuticals
  • Society of Biology (Chartered member)
  • Member of the Cross-Government Working Group - Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
  • Chris contributes very actively to the scientific community by regularly presenting at international conferences, attending workshops publishing papers and reports and acting as reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals
  • PhD thesis referenced in the new pesticide bee and aquatic ecotox guidance documents from EFSA (2013)

Key publications:

  • Fussell, R.J., Garcia-Lopez, M., Mortimer, D.N., Wright, S., Sehnalova, M. Sinclair, C.J., Fernades, A. and Sharman, M. (2014) An investigation into the occurrence in food of veterinary medicines, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals used in personal care products, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, 62(17), 3651-3659.
  • Lambert, S., Sinclair, C.J., and Boxall, A.B.A. (2013) Environmental fate of processed natural rubber latex, Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, 15(7), 1359-1368.
  • Chan, D., Fussell, R.J., Hetmanski, M.T., Sinclair, C.J., Kay, J., Grant, A., and Sharman, M. (2013) Investigation of the fate of trifluralin in shrimp, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, 61(10), 2371-2377.
  • Boxall, A.B.A., Fogg, L.A., Ashauer, R., Bowles, T., Sinclair, C.J., Colyer, A. and Brain, R. (2013) Effects of repeated pulsed herbicide exposure on the growth of aquatic macrophytes, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 32(1), 193-200.
  • Sinclair, C.J., Boxall, A.B.A., Parsons, S.A., Thomas, M. (2006) The prioritisation of pesticide environmental transformation products in drinking water supplies. Environmental Science and Technology, 40(23), 7283-7289.
  • Sinclair, C.J. and Boxall, A.B.A. (2003) Assessing the Ecotoxicity of Pesticide Transformation Products. Environmental Science and Technology, 37(20), 4617-4625.

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Telephone: +44 (0)1904 462037

Office address: Fera Science Ltd. (Fera), National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

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