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1995 …2022

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Simon obtained his BSc (Hons) in Pure and Applied Chemistry in 1992 and his PhD in Organic Synthetic Chemistry in 1996 from Queen's University Belfast. From 1996-1997 he was employed by the School of Chemistry at Queen's University Belfast researching and developing new methods for the synthesis of novel chiral organosulfur compounds, funded by an award obtained from the BBSRC under the direction of Prof. Derek Boyd. From 1997 to 2000 he was employed as a post-doctoral research fellow by Queen's University based at the Veterinary Sciences Division at Stormont to research and develop applications in the area of veterinary drug residue detection by SPR biosensors, sponsored by Biacore AB, Sweden, under direction of Prof. Chris Elliott. From 2000-2009, he was involved with the setup of a university spin out company, Xenosense Ltd, as a Senior Research Scientist/ Deputy Manager/ Health and Safety Officer. His role included development of novel sensor chip chemistries, kit development for vitamins, veterinary drugs and pathogens and mentoring and training staff.

At Xensoense he was also involved in the following EU research projects:

  • SPIQ- European funded EUREKA project, addressing 3 major health hazards in pork production: Salmonella, Trichinella and Mycobacterium Avium spp. Avium
  • EU 6th Framework Project - BioCop: New Technologies to Screen Multiple Chemical Contaminants in Foods
  • EU 6th Framework Project - Detectox: Development of an SPR-based biosensor for the detection of lipophilic phycotoxins in shellfish residues

Simon joined IGFS (formerly IAFLU) on May 1st 2009 as a Research Fellow under the direction of Prof. Chris Elliott. He worked as part of the ASSET group (sub strand 1, biosensor technology) looking at applications of biosensor technologies to monitor food safety and quality and also continuing work within the BioCop project. With over 12 years’ experience in the field of biosensors, Simon has gained expertise in sensor surface chemistries, assay validation, kit development and production, and technology transfer in the area of food quality and safety. He won an Innovators 2009 Award from Perkin Elmer to investigate the use of Raman Spectroscopy in the Animal Feed Industry.

Simon became a Senior Research Fellow and ASSET Technology Centre Manager in June 2011.  He leads a team developing methods using Raman, FTIR and Near Infrared Technologies coupled with chemometrics for quality, safety and authentication applications for the food and animal feed sectors.

Develops risk management strategies for the food and feed sectors. Involved in the development of the Food Fortress concept. Working under the direction of Prof. Chris Elliott as scientific project manager for many food/feed projects. Manager of the ASSET Technology Centre.

Simon is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) where he has attained Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

Achievements

  • Project leader for spectroscopy based (NIR, FT-IR and Raman) “fingerprinting” techniques including chemometric analysis
  • Mentored/supervised Masters/PhD and visiting overseas students
  • Developed chemistry and surface stability strategies for key shellfish toxins
  • Validated shellfish toxin assays, produced prototype kits and participated in inter-laboratory study for EU BioCop project
  • Assisted in preparation and successful application of EU, Safefood, DAERA RCF, KTP & Invest NI funded projects with PI (Prof Chris Elliott)
  • Forging local industrial links with Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association (NIGTA)
  • Played a major role in development of the Food Fortress concept, including Risk Management and Analysis, and lead reviewer of program
  • Industrial links with many leading companies
  • Presented at Inward Trade Missions for NI Dairy Council
  • Taught on Masters course on Advanced Food Safety with lecture, practical and debate
  • Taught Level 3 Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition students in Advanced Food Testing Module (ALU3039) with seminar and practical class
  • Winner of Innovators 2009 award from Perkin Elmer
  • Presented research and attended conferences both locally and international
  • Committee Member of ASSET Conferences (2011, 2014, 2018)
  • Special guest editor for the Food Chemistry and Food Research International journals (Elsevier)
  • Editorial member for Foods journal
  • Member of ASSured SafE Traceable (ASSET) Centre within IGFS
  • Manager of the ASSET Technology Centre
  • Involved in recruitment of post-doctoral & research technician staff
  • Co-founder and CSO of university spin out company BIA Analytical

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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