Adrian Charlton

Dr Adrian Charlton is a protein biochemist with over 20 years of experience in the field and approximately 50 peer reviewed publications.

Adrian Charlton

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  • Area of expertise
    Protein Biochemistry, Food Safety
  • Years of experience
    20+
  • Highest qualification
    PhD

The main focus of the work performed at Fera includes surveillance of the main classes of contaminants that are regulated in the human and animal feed supply chain. These include; heavy metals, pesticides, veterinary medicines, dioxins/PCBs, PAHs and mycotoxins. The team also undertake surveillance and research into the potential for allergens in both food and feed.

Dr Charlton and his team undertake research using advanced analytical approaches such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS) to develop rapid and holistic testing methods for a range of food and feed chemicals. Other interests include the development of non-targeted analysis approaches by integrating analytical chemistry with bioinformatics and advanced mathematics. This work supports protein and metabolite identification, underpinning the teams work in providing essential government/commercial services for identifying emerging chemical and microbiological threats.

Dr Charlton regularly provides keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences often speaking about advances in the fields of proteomics and metabolomics as applied to food and feed authenticity/safety. He is an international expert in relation to the authenticity of food and of honey and wine in particular. He has published approximately 50 peer reviewed papers. He has a wide network of academic and industrial collaborators and is consultant to a range of food industry and government clients. He regularly lectures at the Universities of York and Essex.

Committee and Professional Body Memberships:

  • Member of the FAO/WHO expert panel on Hazards in Animal Feed.
  • Member of EFSA working group on the safety of insects as food and feed.
  • Associate Editor Journal of Insects as Food and Feed.
  • Former steering group member for Defra Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement network.
  • UK national expert to DG SANTE in relation to honey analysis.
  • UK national expert to DG SANTE in relation to wine analysis.
  • Chair of EU FP7 project ABSTRESS management board.
  • Member of FP7 project PROteINSECT management board.
  • Member of the advisory board for the mathematics department at the University of York.
  • Member of the advisory board for the Centre of Excellence for Mass Spectrometry.
  • Scientific committee for the International Legume Society.

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Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.


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Latest Papers and Articles

2016 M. R. Romero, A. J. Claydon, E.C. Fitches, M. E. Wakefield & A. J. Charlton (2016). Sequence homology of the fly proteins tropomyosin, arginine kinase and myosin light chain with known allergens in invertebrates. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, in press. https://doi.org/10.3920/JIFF2015.0067

2015 Sapp, M., Harrison, M., Hany, U., Charlton, A.J. & Thwaites, R. (2015) Comparing the effect of digestate and chemical fertiliser on soil bacteria. Applied Soil Ecology 86, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2014.10.004

2015 Charlton, A.J., Dickinson, M.J., Wakefield, M., Fitches, E., Kenis, M., Han, R., Zhu, F., Kone, N., Grant, M., Devic, E., Bruggeman, G. (2015) Assessing the chemical safety of fly larvae as a source of protein for animal feed. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed 1(1), 7–16. https://doi.org/10.3920/JIFF2014.0020

2014 Lloyd, L.S., Asghar, A., Burns, M.J., Charlton, A.J., Coombes, S., Cowley, S.J., Dear, G.J., Duckett, S.B. Genov, G.R., Green, G.G.R., Highton, L.A.R., Hooper, A.J.J., Khan, M., Khazal, I.G., Lewis, R.J., Mewis, R.E., Roberts, A.D., Ruddlesden, A.J. (2014) Hyperpolarisation through reversible interactions with parahydrogen Catal. Sci. Technol., 4, 3544-3554. https://doi.org/10.1039/C4CY00464G

2014 Rusilowicz, M, O’Keefe, S., Wilson, J. & Charlton, A.J. (2014) Chemometrics Applied to NMR Analysis. Encyclopaedia of Analytical Chemistry. pp 1-32 https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470027318.a9300

Adrian and his team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Surveillance of the main classes of contaminants that are regulated in the human and animal feed supply chain. These include; heavy metals, pesticides, veterinary medicines, dioxins/PCBs, PAHs and mycotoxins.

Pesticide Residues Testing

With many years of experience carrying out pesticides residue testing, we can assist with any upcoming and emerging issues. The majority of pesticides can be analysed by multi-residue screening methods.

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Contaminant Testing

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.

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Authenticity Testing

Fera's analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and traceability.

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