Graham Bonwick

Graham has over 30 years experience in the fields of applied research and teaching in the areas of environment and food, with a focus on contributing to sustainability, safety, quality and security.

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  • Area of expertise
    Environmental Quality & Food Security
  • Years of experience
    30
  • Highest qualification
    PhD

Graham Bonwick qualified with a BSc in Applied Biology and a PhD in Ecotoxicology (University of Salford). He is an applied scientist with expertise in the areas of environmental quality and food safety. His aim is to contribute to sustainability, food safety, quality and security and he has over 25 years research and teaching experience. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Biological and Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Chester and Professor in 2006. He established the Centre for Science Communication (2003), the Environmental Quality & Food Safety Research Group (2006) and the Food Nanotechnology Research Group (2010). In 2012 he became the Innovation Development Director of the ERDF funded NowFOOD project and Director of the Institute of Food Science and Innovation at the University of Chester in 2014.

In 2017 he joined Fera Science Ltd as Lead Scientist and Newcastle University as part of the Institute for Agri-Food Research & Innovation joint venture. His focus is food innovation and packaging technology and is developing training with an industry focus. Within the University he has worked to create a multi-disciplinary packaging research group and helped establish the FuturePack meeting series. Graham holds Fellowships with the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of the Arts and is also a member of the Institute of Food Science & Technology and the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

Research

The predominant theme has been environmental quality, food safety and security which has resulted in a variety of work along the food supply chain. This has included the development of tools for evaluation of the behaviour and impact of environmental contaminants (heavy metals and pesticides in freshwater ecosystems), development and application of rapid assays (antibodies and aptamers for authenticity, contaminants, allergens, pathogens and stress biomarkers), evaluation of novel or sustainable food ingredients (bioactivity, functionality, consumer acceptability) for new product development and packaging solutions to extend shelf life.

Recent agri-food focussed research has focussed on;

  • Consumer acceptance and bio-accessibility of lutein in novel food products supplemented with algal biomass
  • Exploitation and valorisation of agri-food waste as a means of generating new sustainable packaging solutions and extending the shelf life of food and feed
  • Development of aptamers for rapid detection of food and feed contaminants
  • Novel food processing technologies and effects on sensory and physical characteristics

  • Teaching

    Teaching has been delivered to life science students studying biological, biomedical, environmental, forensic, food and nutrition sciences. Topics have encompassed food safety and security, environmental quality assessment, analytical techniques, environmental toxicology and contaminants in the food supply chain. Engagement with industry has been extensive and involved development and delivery of training, especially blended learning solutions that have made use of virtual learning environments and short intensive delivery formats. For more information about the New Short Courses (CPD) & PG Certificate in Food Packaging - click here.

    Read more about Shelf-Life Testing

    At Fera our experts can develop and carry out a standard microbiological testing method to assess the bacterial content of food and beverage products as well as feed products to determine their use by date as well as associated hygiene or product practices. Our methods are based on standard ISO method and consist of testing on growth plates and results are recorded and interpreted by a qualified microbiologist within an accredited laboratory setting.


    Attending or speaking at
    Services

    Events past and future

    4th October 2018: FuturePack - Packaging Meeting - Working Towards A Circular Economy, Fera Science Ltd, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

    Futurepack

    Graham and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...


    Food Contact Materials Testing

    Our work involves targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants. Analysis can be carried out in complex matrices (foods, food simulants and food contact materials and articles) utilising a range of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.

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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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    All Our Food Safety Science
    Attending or speaking at

    Events past and future

    4th October 2018: FuturePack - Packaging Meeting - Working Towards A Circular Economy, Fera Science Ltd, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

    Futurepack
    Services

    Graham and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...


    Food Contact Materials Testing

    Our work involves targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants. Analysis can be carried out in complex matrices (foods, food simulants and food contact materials and articles) utilising a range of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.

    Learn more

    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.

    Learn more

    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.

    Learn more

    All Our Food Safety Science

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