Dr John Dooley


Research Manager - Cultured Meat & Farmers.


Since September 2022, John has worked as the project manager for the Cultured Meat and Farmers research project at the RAU.

Prior to joining the RAU in October 2014 as a senior lecturer in Food Supply Management, John worked as an R&D scientist and project manager at Campden BRI for 14 years, where he developed and validated DNA-based assays to confirm the authenticity of meat, fish and other food products in the agri-food industry.

Before this, John completed his PhD in Rhizobium (which are nitrogen fixing bacteria) genetics at the Royal Agricultural College, before moving to Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA to investigate the genetics of growth and disease resistance in farmed shrimp.  He then moved to TCD, Dublin, Ireland to study the genetics of Thoroughbred horses and then to Nottingham University to develop DNA based assays for meat species, which led to his joining Campden BRI.

University responsibilities

  • Lecturing in Food Supply Chains, Food Authenticity and Food Science
  • Member of the Scholarship Committee
  • SAFE Representative for RAU Student Enterprise Scheme
  • Academic advisor to “Cotswold Hills”, “Muddy Wellies” & “Cotswold Honey” student Enterprises

External appointments

External Examiner:

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University. BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology. (2020 - present)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University. MSc Food Science and Technology. (2020 - present)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University. MSc Food Technology for Industry. (2020 - present)
  • Perrotis College, Greece. BSc (Hons) Food Science and Technology (validated by CMU). (2020 - present)
  • Perrotis College, Greece. MSc New Food Product and Business Development (validated by CMU). (2020 - present)
  • Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. International PhD programme

Invited External Validation/ Institutional Review Panel Member:

  • University of Wolverhampton. BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences. (2018)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University. BSc (Hons) Food Science and Nutrition (2019)

Peer reviewer:

  • International Journal of Food Science and Technology
  • Food Analytical Methods
  • Meat Science


Main fields of interest:

  • Food Safety, Quality, Traceability and Authenticity
  • Food Fraud
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • New Technologies – Blockchain
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)


Academic publications

  • McKenna, P., Cannon, N., Conway, J., Dooley, J. & Davies, W.P. (2018). Red clover (Trifolium pratense) in conservation agriculture: a compelling case for increased adoption. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability16(4-5): 342-366.
  • McKenna, P., Cannon, N., Conway, J. & Dooley, J. (2018). The use of red clover (Trifolium pratense) in soil fertility-building: A Review. Field Crops Research221: 38–49.
  • McKenna, P., Cannon, N., Davies, W.P., Conway, J. & Dooley, J. (2016). Initial red clover (Trifolium pratense, L.) variety evaluation for soil fertility-building. 14th ESA Congress 5-9 September 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Dooley, J.J. (2009). The Application of Bioinformatics to the Food Chain. International Review of Food Science and Technology, pgs: 24-26.
  • Fajardo, V., González, I., Dooley, J., Garret, S., Brown, H.M., García, T. & Martín, R. (2009). Application of polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis and lab-on-a-chip capillary electrophoresis for the specific identification of game and domestic meats. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture89(5): 843 – 847.
  • John J. Dooley. (2007). Bioinformatics: A life-raft on a sea of data. Food Science & Technology21(3): 16 – 20.
  • Dooley, J.J., Sage, H.D., Clarke, M-A.L., Brown, H.M & Garrett, S.D. (2005). Fish Species Identification using PCR-RFLP Analysis and Lab-on-a-Chip Capillary Electrophoresis: Application to Detect White Fish Species in Food Products and an Inter-laboratory Study. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 53(9): 3348 – 3357.
  • Dooley, J.J., Sage, H.D., Brown, H.M & Garrett, S.D. (2005). Improved Fish Species Identification by Use of Lab-on-a-Chip Technology. Journal of Food Control16: 601–607.
  • Dooley, J.J., Paine, K.P., Garrett, S.D. & Brown, H.M. (2004). Detection of Meat Species Using TaqMan Real-Time PCR Assays. Meat Science, 68(3): 431-438.
  • Dooley, J. (2002). Confirming the authenticity of olive oil. Food Australia; 54(10): 474.
  • Cunningham, E.P., Dooley, J.J., Splan, R.K. & Bradley, D.G. (2001). Microsatellite diversity, pedigree relatedness and the contributions of founder lineages to thoroughbred horses. Animal Genetics32(6); 360-364.
  • Dye, M., Skot, L., Mytton, L.R., Harrison, S.P., Dooley, J.J., Cresswell, A. (1995). A study of Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar trifolii populations from soil extracts using randomly amplified polymorphic DNA profiles. Canadian Journal of Microbiology41; 336-344.
  • Dooley, J.J., Harrison, S.P., Beeching, J.R., Mytton, L.R., Dye, M., Cresswell, A. & Skot, L. (1993). Phylogenetic grouping and identification of Rhizobium isolates on the basis of random amplified polymorphic DNA profiles. Canadian Journal of Microbiology39; 665-673.

Research reports

  • Dooley, J.J, Wellum, S., Clarke, M-A., Bird, A., Pettit, L. & Brown, H.M. (2013). Maximising and maintaining the antioxidant capacity (ORAC) of food. Final report for Project 105596. Campden BRI Review.
  • Dooley, J.J., Jasionowicz, P., Burch, B., Wellum, S. & Brown, H.M. (2010). Determining the Milk Content of Milk Based Food Products. Food Standard Agency Final Technical Report, Q01117.
  • Garrett, SD., Dooley, J.J., Clarke, M-A.L. & Brown, H.M. (2009). Refinement of GMO screening methods by combining existing multiplex PCR approaches with lab-on-a-chip capillary electrophoresis endpoint detection. Food Standard Agency Project Final Technical Report, G03022.
  • Clarke, M-A.L., Dooley, J.J., Garrett, SD., & Brown, H.M. (2008). An Investigation into the use of PCR-RFLP Profiling for the Identification of Fruit Species in Fruit Juices. Food Standard Agency Final Technical Report, Q01111.
  • Garrett, SD., Dooley, J.J., Clarke, M-A.L. & Brown, H.M. (2010). Extending the Fish Species Lab-on-a-Chip Capillary Electrophoresis PCR-RFLP Database. Food Standard Agency Final Technical Report, Q01099.
  • Dooley, J.J., Jasionowicz, P., Clarke M.A., Woodward, R., Harrison, L., Garrett, S.D. & Brown, H.M. (2006). Validation of a DNA-based Method for the Determination of Hazelnut  Oil in Olive Oil. FSA Final Report, Q01095.