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Kevin is a Research Fellow with extensive Post-Doctoral experience, primarily in analysis of veterinary drug residues in food and food-producing livestock by immunoassay and mass spectrometry at Queen’s University Belfast and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute of N. Ireland (AFBI). During his time in the Chemical Surveillance Branch of AFBI, a EU National Reference Laboratory for veterinary drug residues in the food chain, he worked extensively in method development, validation and application of ELISA screening assays and LC-MS/MS confirmatory assays to GLP, ISO17025 and ISO9001 standards.

In addition to R&D collaborations with the N. Ireland poultry sector and development of multi-residue methods for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, Kevin has been particularly active in European Framework Programme research consortia. He has taken leading roles in consortia addressing enforcement of the ban on the anabolic growth promoter zeranol (the Natural Zeranol project) the global nitrofuran antibiotics crisis (the FoodBRAND FP5 project) and anti-parasitic compounds in beef (the ProSafeBeef FP6 project).

Since joining the Institute for Global Food Security at QUB in 2010, he has been applying similar techniques to analysis of compounds implicated in human carcinogenesis, including collaboration with the QUB Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (BRCA1-linked estrogen metabolism). The FoodCAP project, funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, used novel approaches to tests for heterocyclic amines bound to human blood proteins – potential biomarkers of exposure to these carcinogenic compounds formed while cooking meat. He has collaborated closely with an innovative local animal feed manufacturer on rapid quality control screening techniques while his interest in veterinary drug residues and food safety continues through his involvement in the safefood Chemical Residues Knowledge Network (www.safefood.ning.com). He has recently collaborated with a major global food company to detect fraud in meat products using innovative REIMS mass spectrometry techniques in the REMAinE project. Other recent project include the Interreg-funded ALERTOX-NET project to develop a suite of techniques for the seafood industry to detect emerging marine toxins, and an EIT Food project addressing the authentication of organic food supply chains. Currently Kevin is acting as Quality Manager for the ASSET Technology Centre (IGFS) having created a new Quality Management System from scratch and achieved ISO 17025 accreditation for novel commercial spectroscopic screening tools for detecting fraudulent adulteration of herbs and spices.

 

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Research Output

Rapid detection and specific identification of offals within minced beef samples utilising ambient mass spectrometry

Black, C., Chevallier, O. P., Cooper, K. M., Haughey, S. A., Balog, J., Takats, Z., Elliott, C. T. & Cavin, C., 18 Apr 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 6295.

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    Successful Food Safety Analysis

    Cooper, K., 07 Nov 2014, The Column, 10, 20, p. 2-7 6 p.

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    Development of Antibodies and Immunoassays for Monitoring of Nitrofuran Antibiotics in the Food Chain

    Cooper, K. M., Fodey, T. L., Campbell, K. & Elliott, C. T., 2017, In : Current Organic Chemistry. 21, 26, p. 2675-2689 15 p.

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    Activities

    • 7 Participation in conference
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Visiting a School

    safefood Chemical Residues Knowledge Network Annual Conference

    Kevin Cooper (Participant)

    17 Dec 2014

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    Safefood Chemical Residues Network Annual Conference

    Kevin Cooper (Organiser)

    18 Sep 2013

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    Chemical Reactions in Foods VII conference

    Kevin Cooper (Participant)

    14 Nov 201216 Nov 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    safefood Chemical Residues in Food Knowledge Network Annual Conference

    Kevin Cooper (Invited speaker)

    21 Feb 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    ASSET 2018 - Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

    Kevin Cooper (Participant)

    28 May 201831 May 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference