Rachel Clarke
Rachel Clarke
Scientist
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
  • Harrogate (UK)

Dr. Clarke’s current work includes the preparation of submission dossiers for plant protection products to support European active ingredient approvals, product registrations and MRL setting of crop protection chemicals, according to EU legislation (Regulations (EC) Nos 1107/2009 and 396/2005) and for the JMPR. She has experience in scientific writing and risk communication and provides high-quality, accurate and concise written input to projects related to the residues and dietary exposure of pesticides.

Dr. Clarke received a Ph.D. from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) in 2015. Her research focused on the investigation into biological effects of mixtures of man-made and natural chemical food contaminants using in vitro bio-assays. She developed high-throughput imaged-based assays on high content platforms to study cytotoxic, genotoxic, functional and mechanistic effects of chemical food contaminants.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Queen's University, Belfast, 2015
  • PGCE, Chemistry with Science, Queen's University, Belfast, 2011
  • B.Sc., (Hons), Biochemistry, Queen's University, Belfast, 2010

Publications

Clarke R, Connolly L, Frizzell C, Elliott CT. Cytotoxic assessment of the regulated, co-existing mycotoxins aflatoxin B1, fumonisin B1 and ochratoxin, in single, binary and tertiary mixtures. Toxicon 2014; 90:70–81.

Clarke R, Connolly L, Frizzell C, Elliott CT. High content analysis: A sensitive tool to detect and quantify the cytotoxic, synergistic and antagonistic effects of chemical contaminants in foods. Toxicology Letters 2015; 233:278–286.

Clarke R, Connolly L, Frizzell C, Elliott CT. Challenging conventional risk assessment with respect to human exposure to multiple food contaminants in food: A case study using maize. Toxicology Letters 2015; 238(1):54–64.

Presentations

Clarke R, Elliott CT High content analysis: a sensitive tool to detect and quantify the cytotoxic and interactive effects for single and combined chemical contaminants present in maize. 7th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA), Prague, Czech Republic, 2015.

Posters 

Clarke R, Elliott CT Cytotoxic assessment of the regulated, co-existing mycotoxins aflatoxin B1, fumonisin B1 and ochratoxin, in single, binary and tertiary mixtures. Food Integrity and traceability conference (ASSET), Belfast, UK, 2014.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Queen's University, Belfast, 2015
  • PGCE, Chemistry with Science, Queen's University, Belfast, 2011
  • B.Sc., (Hons), Biochemistry, Queen's University, Belfast, 2010