James Donarski

James is the head of food authenticity at Fera Science Ltd. He has a background in analytical chemistry, authenticity determination, non-targeted analysis and small molecule structure elucidation.


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  • Area of expertise
    Food contact materials and non intentionally added substances (NIAS)
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification

James oversees the science of the authenticity and profiling team, which comprises experts in the fields of stable isotope analysis; high resolution mass spectrometry; high field nuclear magnetic resonance; and proteomics. Currently, his primary research interests are identification of biomarkers and where applicable, the subsequent development of rapid and/or portable tools for their detection. He is the author and co-author of several food authenticity publications in peer-reviewed journals.

James is the scientific lead and project manager for work relating to food authenticity at Fera Science Ltd. He is a member of the Fera Science Leadership Team, the purpose of which is to advise and provide guidance to the Fera Director of Science. James has broad ranging scientific expertise which includes magnetic and optical spectroscopy, production of biosensors and structural elucidation of unknown chemicals. James has managed and delivered training projects in the form of EU Twinning Light activities for accession countries in the area of authentication.

James is a member of the Food Science Leads at Fera, a team of scientific experts in a range of fields relating to food quality and safety. Dependant on project James works with a range of different specialised teams in areas that include metabolomics, proteomics, genomics and stable isotope research.

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With the food industry increasingly subject to scrutiny, testing to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and supporting traceability is a must. As a leading provider of analysis and testing services to the global food and agricultural industries, we are constantly improving our methods and innovating in new ways in order to achieve a safer, higher quality, more sustainable and traceable food and beverage supply chain.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Davlieva, M., Donarski, J., Wang, J., Shamoo, Y. and Nikonowicz, E. P. (2014). Structure analysis of an RNA aptamer against ribosomal protein S8 from Bacillus anthracis. Nucleic Acids Research, 42 10795-808

McKenzie, J. S. Donarski, J. A., Wilson, J. & Charlton, A.J, (2011). Analysis of complex mixtures using high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chemometrics. Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, 59(4), 336-359.

Alvarez, M., Donarski, J.A, Elliott, M., & Charlton, A. (2010). Evaluation of extraction methods for use with NMR-based metabolomics in the marine polychaete ragworm, Hediste diversicolor. Metabolomics, 6(4), 541-549.

McKenzie, J., Charlton, A., Donarski, J. A., MacNicoll, A., & Wilson, J. (2010). Peak fitting in 2D 1H - 13C HSQC NMR spectra for metabolomic studies. Metabolomics, 6(4), 574-582.

Donarski, J. A., Roberts, D. P. T., & Charlton, A. J. (2010). Quantitative NMR spectroscopy for the rapid measurement of methylglyoxal in manuka honey. Analytical Methods, 2(10), 1479-1483.

Donarski, J. A.; Jones, S. A.; Harrison, M.; Driffield, M. and Charlton, A. J.; (2010) Identification of botanical biomarkers found in Corsican honey. Food Chemistry. 118 (4) 987-994

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

Food Authenticity, profiling and emerging risk.

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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