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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a biological science or analytical chemistry related field, who are interested in development of techniques for more effective detection and monitoring of emerging chemical threats and endemic diseases affecting food safety and sustainable food production.


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Research Interests

Mark obtained his BSc in Biotechnology from Dublin City University in 1995, and subsequently was awarded an MSc in Biomedical Sciences (1996) and a PhD (2000) from the University of Ulster. In 2000 he took up a Wellcome Trust research position at the University of Ulster, and in 2003 moved to the Strathclyde Institute for Drug Research at the University of Strathclyde. Since 2005 Mark has worked at QUB and currently works as Senior Lecturer within the School of Biological Sciences. Mark’s primary research interests reside in applying innovative effect-based bioanalysis techniques using proteomic and metabolomic profiling tools to issues relating to food safety, with a particular emphasis on identifying chemical and biological agent exposure in the feed/food/animal supply chain. Currently Mark leads ongoing research projects within the Institute for Global Food Security focusing on chemical contaminant monitoring and detection in the food supply chain and food-producing animals, as well as the development of new technologies to enhance the efficacy of disease diagnosis and sustainability in animal production systems. 




  • Fundamentals of Nutrition and Food Policy (BIO1302)
  • Principles of Food Quality (BIO2101)     
  • Protein Structure and Function (BBC8039)
  • Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills (BBC8047)
  • Food Safety, Health and Disease (ALU8001)
  • Advanced Food Bioanalysis (ALU8002)


  • Director of Research (Food Safety and Nutrition)
  • Programme Convener for MSc in Advanced Food Safety PGT Programme
  • Programme Convener for MSc Global Food Security (Food Safety) Distance Learning Programme
  • Module Co-ordinator for Food Safety, Health and Disease (ALU8001/BIO4101)
  • Module Co-ordinator for Advanced Food Safety Literature Review (BIO8303)
  • Module Co-ordinator for Advanced Food Safety Research Project (BIO8307)

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Research Output

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  • 20 Downloads (Pure)

    Enhanced UHPLC-MS/MS screening of selective androgen receptor modulators following urine hydrolysis

    Gadaj, A., Ventura, E., Healy, J., Botrè, F., Sterk, S. S., Buckley, T. & Mooney, M. H., 07 Jun 2020, In : MethodsX. 7, 100926.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    Food safety evaluation for the use of albendazole in fish: residual depletion profile and withdrawal period estimation

    Portela, A. C. V., Silveira, J. G. F., Damaceno, M. A., da Silva, A. F. B., de Jesus, R. B., Pilarski, F., Gadaj, A., Mooney, M. H. & Paschoal, J. A. R., 05 Feb 2020, In : Food Additives and Contaminants - Part A Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure and Risk Assessment.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)


    “BioConnect” Innovation Centre CLG, Regional Biotechnology Centre of Excellence

    Mark Mooney (Board Member)

    01 Jan 2019 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesWork on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    XXII International Mass Spectrometry Conference: IMSC 2018

    Emiliano Ventura (Advisor), , Anna Gadaj (Advisor), , Tom Buckley (Advisor), & Mark Mooney (Contributor)

    Aug 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Foods (Journal)

    Mark Mooney (Editorial board member)

    01 Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    PhD External Examiner - School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster

    Mark Mooney (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination


    Emerging Anabolic Drugs - Investigation of the in vitro and in vivo Metabolism of Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators

    Author: Holderbaum, A., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Mooney, M. (Supervisor) & Elliott, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy