Dr John Dooley


University responsibilities​

  • Member of Academic Board
  • Member of the Scholarship Committee
  • Member of the Programme Validation Group
  • SAFE Representative for RAU Student Enterprise Scheme

Additional University commitments:

  • PhD supervision – “Evaluating the Opportunities for Commercial Soybean Production in the UK”
  • Academic advisor to “Cotswold Hills”, “Muddy Wellies” & “Cotswold Honey” student Enterprises.

External appointments

  • PhD Examiner – Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
  • External Advisor/Examiner – Wolverhampton University
  • Peer reviewer – International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Food Analytical Methods


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 Sustainability, 16(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 Research, 221: 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 Agriculture, 89(5): 843 – 847.
  • John J. Dooley. (2007). Bioinformatics: A life-raft on a sea of data. Food Science & Technology, 21(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 Control, 16: 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 Genetics. 32(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 Microbiology. 41; 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 Microbiology. 39; 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.