Claire has a degree in Science and the Environment from De Montfort University (1996), a MSc in Applied Fish Biology (project in heavy metal toxicology) from University of Plymouth (1998) and obtained her PhD in Marine Biology from the University of St Andrews in 2006. Before joining Cefas, she worked at the Structural Genomics Consortium Oxford University as a macromolecular protein biochemist where she has experience of DNA cloning and sequence verification in addition to protein purification and crystallisation and mass spectrometry and PCR, where she was involved in the deposition of 44 human cancer related proteins to the protein data bank (PDB). Her PhD involved research of endocrine pathways important in the osmoregulation of the adult life stages of the euryhaline catadromous European eel.
Claire currently works as a Chemical Impact Assessor for the ChAT team, where she registers chemicals and assesses chemicals on permits for use in the offshore oil and gas industry and provides delivery of verification reports to DECC and provides expert advice.
Claire has expertise in QSAR assessment and alternatives to animal testing. Claire has helped out on multidisciplinary projects for BEEMS and has expertise in eel biology.
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