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Adrian Charlton

Principal Scientist & Team Leader, Chemical and Biochemical Profiling

Dr Charlton is a protein biochemist with over 20 years of experience in the field and approximately 50 peer reviewed publications. He leads a team within the Food Quality and Safety Programme at Fera. The work of the FQS programme includes surveillance of the main classes of contaminants that are regulated in the human and animal feed supply chain. These include; heavy metals, pesticides, veterinary medicines, dioxins/PCBs, PAHs and mycotoxins. The team also undertake surveillance and research into the potential for allergens in both food and feed.

Dr Charlton and his team undertake research using advanced analytical approaches such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS) to develop rapid and holistic testing methods for a range of food and feed chemicals. Other interests include the development of non-targeted analysis approaches by integrating analytical chemistry with bioinformatics and advanced mathematics. This work supports protein and metabolite identification, underpinning the teams work in providing essential government/commercial services for identifying emerging chemical and microbiological threats.

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