Dr John Dooley

Senior Lecturer in Food Safety and Quality
John Dooley


Senior Lecturer in Food Safety and Quality


BSc (East Anglia), MSc (Newcastle), MSc (Oxford), PhD (Bath), PGCE (East Anglia), MRAC

Contact details


Tel: 01285 652531


University responsibilities

  • Senior Lecturer in Food Supply Management
  • Programme Manager of the BSc(Hons) Food Production & Supply Management
  • 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)


Programme manager

  • BSc (Hons) Food Production and Supply Management

Module leader:

First Year (Level 4) Modules:

Second Year (Level 5) Modules:

Third Year (Level 6) Modules:

Masters (Level 7) Modules:

Other teaching responsibilities:

Teaching into undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:

Dissertation supervision of students taking modules:


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.