Christopher Elliott


  • Room 0G.106 - Biological Sciences

    United Kingdom

1983 …2020

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Research Interests

Since 1986 Chris has been active in research related to veterinary drug residue analysis and specialised in using immunochemical based screening technologies. The research has widened to include a wider range of toxic chemicals in foods and agricultural commodities such as mycotoxins, phycotoxins and plant toxins. The technologies platforms researched have also increased to include many forms of biosensor and lateral flow techniques. He has published more than 300 papers in the field of detection and control of chemical contaminants in agri-food commodities and co-ordinated one of the world's largest research project in this area ( Chris also co-ordinated another major EU research project QSAFFE  which is dealt with contaminant issues along the animal feed supply chain.

Chris led the UK government's independent review of food systems following the 2013 Horsemeat scandal.

He is currently funded on a range of grants from  BBSRC, ERSC, FP7, safefood and SFI-DEL

The ability to provide safer food for consumers by the use of state-of-the-art monitoring tools is a major research driver. The power of these tools has helped to increase food safety while reducing the need to use out of date animal based bioassays.

More recently the concept of effect based bioanalysis has emerged as an important research theme. The ability to measure effect based proteomic and metabolomic biomarkers indicating exposure (animals and humans) to toxic compounds  is a major research driver.  

Professor Elliott is also the Director of the ASSET Technology Centre. This centre of excellence was set up in 2009 with a £1.75M investment from The Department of Learning in Northern Ireland. ASSET has established multiple collaborations with technology providers across the world and recieved a furter £1M funding in 2013 along with becoming a Water's Corporation Centre of Innovation. The ability of these platforms to provide better, faster and lower cost means of early detection of contaminations across the entire food chain is one of the the driving forces of the centre. Another key research topic is that linked to the ability to detect food fraud using these emerging technologies. Many collaborations with agri-food companies have been established across the centre.

Chris is also co-ordinator of two Island of Ireland research networks (biotoxins and chemicals). The objective of the networks is to link researchers, regulators and industry to discuss the important topics pertaining to major food safety issues. Further details can be found here.

Professor Elliott is also one of the co-founding members of the International Drug Residue School (SARAF) based in Nante in France. From humble beginnings this initiative has flourished to become a recognised training centre for scientists all over the world.

Chris is currently the Director of the Institute for Global Food Safety.

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    Cocoa bean and cocoa bean products quality evaluation by NIR spectroscopy and chemometrics: A review

    Teye, E., Anyidoho, E., Agbemafle, R., Sam-Amoah, L. K. & Elliott, C., 01 Jan 2020, In : Infrared Physics and Technology. 104, 9 p., 103127.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Smartphone Modulated Colorimetric Reader with Color Subtraction

    Zhao, Y., Choi, S. Y., Lou-Franco, J., Neils, J. L. D., Zhou, H., Cao, C., Campbell, K., Elliott, C. & Rafferty, K., 13 Jan 2020, IEEE Sensors 2019 Conference: Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 4 p. 8956565. (Proceedings of IEEE Sensors; vol. 2019-October).

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    BBC Food and Farming Winner

    Christopher Elliott (Recipient), 01 Dec 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • OBE

    Christopher Elliott (Recipient), 07 Dec 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Northern Ireland Food Industry

    Christopher Elliott (Recipient), 01 Aug 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Theophilus Redwood Award

    Christopher Elliott (Recipient), 01 Jun 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    • 3 KTP & Consultancy in kind
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Research and Teaching at External Organisation

    KTP with Linden Foods Ltd (PI)

    Desmond Greer (Advisor), Christopher Elliott (Contributor), Ivor Spence (Participant)
    01 Aug 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    KTP Devenish Nutrition

    Christopher Elliott (Consultant), Peter Kilpatrick (Consultant), Ivor Spence (Consultant)

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    ASSET 2018 - Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

    Amanda Naaum (Participant), Sarah Helyar (Participant), Christopher Elliott (Participant)
    28 May 201831 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Licence agreement for use of Okadaic acid antibody

    Linda Stewart (Contributor), Christopher Elliott (Advisor)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    The Size and Aggregation State of Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs) and its Correlation with Peroxidase-like Activity for the Development of a Dual Colorimetric Assay

    Natasha Logan (Presenter), Claire McVey (Presenter), Huiyu Zhou (Advisor), Christopher Elliott (Advisor), Cuong Cao (Advisor)
    11 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    A study to determine the occurrence, exposure and bioaccumulation of freshwater biotoxins in the food system

    Author: Greer, B., 15 Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Elliott, C. (Supervisor) & Campbell, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Estrogenic and androgenic endocrine disrupting activity and risk assessment of phytoestrogens in Kenyan soya-based weaning flours

    Author: Ngoda, P., Aug 2012

    Supervisor: Connolly, L. (Supervisor) & Elliott, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Innovations in detecting food fraud using mass spectrometric platforms and chemometric modelling

    Author: Black, C., Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Kennedy, D. (Supervisor) & Elliott, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Isolation and biological characterisation of plant-derived chemicals for antibacterial purposes in food animals and humans

    Author: Ngwoke, K., Jul 2010

    Supervisor: Situ, C. (Supervisor) & Elliott, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Measurement and Risk Assessment of Endocrine Disruptors present in Sport Supplements

    Author: Plotan, M., Jul 2011

    Supervisor: Elliott, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy