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Mark Sykes

Senior Scientist - Proficiency Testing

Mark Sykes studied chemistry at the University of York, UK and followed this with a Masters degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Huddersfield. Mark has worked at Fera since 1997, spending the first 12 years in the chemical residues laboratory, specialising in liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. His responsibilities included managing a team of analysts in support of the pesticide and veterinary drug residues programmes. This included monitoring work for the UK government surveillance programme, specialist projects and associated research and development.

In 2009, Mark moved into the proficiency testing programme at Fera, as the scientific advisor to Fapas. Mark’s principal role is to provide expert advice on all aspects of Fapas proficiency tests and to investigate difficult datasets and their underlying scientific problems. Mark is also responsible for new product development in proficiency testing and project supervision of student interns. Mark is an author or co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and a book chapter and continues to publish work on proficiency testing data. Mark travels extensively to speak at international conferences and workshops.

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