Published: 28 May 2021

Surrey Business School awarded funding for Research Fellowship with Food Standards Agency

Congratulations to Surrey Business School’s Dr Andy Hill and his team who have secured a Research Fellowship, working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to try and unlock the power of bioinformatics to better inform the assessment of food safety risks.

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and bioinformatics have advanced rapidly, allowing improvements in the identification and traceability of foodborne pathogens, and analysis at a high level of detail. However, the integration of WGS data into various areas of risk assessment using bioinformatics, with a particular focus on how genotype translates to risk, is an area that is largely unexplored.

This is a unique collaboration between the University of Surrey and the FSA; the Research Fellow will be primarily located within the Risk Assessment Unit at the FSA, working closely with colleagues to develop and implement the risk assessment tools in a fast-paced policy environment. 

It's anticipated that the resulting research will be incorporated into the FSA’s decision-making processes concerning risk and will form a lasting and high-impact legacy for the FSA and possibly wider risk assessment practices.

The 4-year fellowship will be led by Dr Hill with Dr Arnoud van Vliet, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology at Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine as co-PI. A fantastic opportunity for the two schools to join forces.

“We are looking forward to working with the University of Surrey through this exciting new partnership to create a Research Fellowship in Bioinformatics. This will help us develop our risk assessment processes to keep pace with changes in farming practices and food production.” Donal Griffin, FSA supervisor

To apply for the Research Fellowship, you can visit our jobs site here

For all other enquiries please contact Dr Andy Hill at

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