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Katrina Campbell is a Professor in Food Security and heads the Biosensors Strand within the Centre for ASsured, SafE and Traceable food (ASSET). Katrina is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Biology, Irish Toxicology Society and International Society for the study of harmful algae. Katrina obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry in 1995 and a MMedSc in Ultrastructural Anatomy and Pathology in 1996 from Queen's University Belfast.  After a year employed at Randox Laboratories in the development of clinical diagnostic test kits she returned to Queen's University where she completed her Galen sponsored PhD in Pharmacy focusing on novel systems for transdermal drug delivery.

From 2000 to 2012 she was employed as a post-doctoral research fellow for Queen's University during which time she was actively involved in all island initiatives sponsored by Safefood and collaborations of multi-centre EU research projects such as BioCop, Conffidence (http://www.conffidence.eu/), Midtal (http://www.midtal.com/) and Atlantox (http://www.atlantox.com/) aimed at developing innovative screening methods for the detection of chemical contaminants and toxins in food, animal feeds and the environment. She has extensive experience in bioanalytical method development, validation and evaluation with state of the art technologies, end product formation as kits and technology transfer workshops and events for dissemination.

Her research focuses on the identification and recognition of known and emerging threats within the entire food supply chain from “environment to farm to fork” and to determine their consequential effects. She designs biosensor based screening methods, for the rapid remote detection of toxins, chemical contaminants and harmful organisms, as a tool to enhance food safety and sustainability. She has over 12 years experience in synthesising protein conjugates and developing in vivo and in vitro biorecognition elements (antibodies, phage, aptamers). These key binding partner reagents are then evaluated in a broad range of biosensor platforms (Biacore AB, SAW Instruments GmbH, MBio Diagnostics, Luminex, Fortebio, Ridgeview Instruments; Neogen Lateral flow devices) for bioanalytical method development. Her focus for the biosensor group is to develop through collaborations with other research institutes and industrial partners innovative, state-of-the-art scientific techniques and biosensor tools that will create a new facet in rapid food safety monitoring and traceability for the benefit of both animal and human health but also with an outlook on increasing food security. 

She was actively involved in this research through large EU multidisciplinary research projects MicroAqua, Handhold, Ciguatools, Collab4safety; in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration in the USA and through Safefood funded research projects on climate change and nanotechnology. Current projects include Seafoodtomorrow, Eurobiotox and an EFSA sponsored project Mychif.





  • Future Oceans (BIO3102)
  • Global Issues in Agriculture (BIO3207)
  • Biomolecules in Health & Disease (BIO3304)
  • Food Safety Quality and Nutrition Research Projects (BIO3302)
  • Food Safety, Health and Disease (ALU8001/BIO4101)
  • Advanced Food Bioanalysis (ALU8002/BIO4102)
  • Advanced Food Safety Literature Review (BIO8303)
  • Advanced Food Safety Research Project (BIO8307)
  • Foundation for Research in the Biosciences (BBC8042)
  • Global Food Security (Food Safety) Distance Learning Programmes



  • Co-ordinator for EITFOOD Education Programmes
  • Module Co-ordinator for Advanced Food Bioanalysis (ALU8002/BIO4102)
  • Module Co-ordinator for Global Food Security Distance Learning Programme

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Projects 2012 2018

Research Output 1999 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Barriers and facilitators to shellfish cultivation

Fox, M., Service, M., Moore, H., Dean, M. & Campbell, K., 28 Jan 2019, In : Reviews in Aquaculture.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Northern Ireland
environmental economics

Critical assessment of recent trends related to screening and confirmatory analytical methods for selected food contaminants and allergens

Tsagkaris, A. S., Nelis, J. L. D., Ross, G. M. S., Jafari, S., Guercetti, J., Kopper, K., Zhao, Y., Rafferty, K., Salvador, J. P., Migliorelli, D., Salentijn, G. IJ., Campbell, K., Marco, M. P., Elliot, C. T., Nielen, M. W. F., Pulkrabova, J. & Hajslova, J., 17 Oct 2019, In : TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry. 115688.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Food safety
Chemical compounds
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

Pectobacterium and Dickeya species detected in vegetables in Northern Ireland

Zaczek-Moczydlowska, M. A., Fleming, C. C., Young, G. K., Campbell, K. & O'Hanlon, R., 07 Feb 2019, In : European Journal of Plant Pathology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Northern Ireland
Pectobacterium carotovorum

Activities 2008 2018

Ningbo Urban Environment Observatory and Monitoring, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Katrina Campbell (Speaker)
13 Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

ASSET 2018 - Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

Katrina Campbell (Invited speaker)
30 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Ningbo Urban Environment Observatory and Monitoring, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Katrina Campbell (Advisor)
04 Apr 201814 Apr 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

4IRC Debate: How can we be sure our food is safe to eat?

Katrina Campbell (Speaker)
09 Jan 2018

Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

EIT FOOD Winter School on Entrepreneurship

Katrina Campbell (Member of the organising committee)
04 Dec 201708 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


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

Development of bioanalytical approaches as model tools for the rapid detection of pesticides

Author: Bin Salom, A., 01 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Campbell, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy