Christopher Elliott


  • Room 0G.106 - School of Biological Sciences 19 Chlorine Gardens

    United Kingdom

1983 …2019
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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 The power of these tools has helped to increase food safety while reducing the need to use out of date animal based bioassays.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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Projects 2010 2018

Research Output 1983 2019

Open Access
meat consumption
colorectal neoplasms
1 Citation (Scopus)

Current trends in rapid tests for mycotoxins

Nolan, P., Auer, S., Spehar, A., Elliott, C. T. & Campbell, K., 2019, In : Food Additives and Contaminants: Part A. 36, 5, p. 800-814 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Detection of tetrodotoxins in juvenile pufferfish Lagocephalus sceleratus (Gmelin, 1789) from the North Aegean Sea (Greece) by an electrochemical magnetic bead-based immunosensing tool

Leonardo, S., Kiparissis, S., Rambla-Alegre, M., Almarza, S., Roque, A., Andree, K. B., Christidis, A., Flores, C., Caixach, J., Campbell, K., Elliott, C. T., Aligizaki, K., Diogène, J. & Campàs, M., 30 Aug 2019, In : Food Chemistry. 290, p. 255 - 262

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

North Sea
Aegean Sea
4 Citations (Scopus)

Occurrence and Human-Health Impacts of Mycotoxins in Somalia

Wielogorska, E., Mooney, M., Eskola, M., Ezekiel, C. N., Stranska, M., Krska, R. & Elliott, C., 20 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 67, 7, p. 2052-2060 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

human health

Pixel-wise Illumination Correction Algorithms for Relative Color Constancy under the Spectral Domain

Zhao, Y., Elliott, C., Zhou, H. & Rafferty, K., 14 Feb 2019, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology, ISSPIT 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 638-643 6 p. 8642759

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Colorimetric analysis


BBC Food and Farming Winner

Christopher Elliott (Recipient), 01 Dec 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

honors and awards
farming systems


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)

Northern Ireland
food industry

Theophilus Redwood Award

Christopher Elliott (Recipient), 01 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2011 2017

  • 1 Oral presentation
  • 1 Research and Teaching at External Organisation

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

Chinese Agricultural University

Christopher Elliott (Visitor)
Oct 2011Oct 2016

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation


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


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