Professor Declan Naughton


Following the award of a BSc in Chemistry at University College Dublin and a PhD in Biological Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, I joined the Inflammation Research Group at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry for 10 years. Two years in the School of Postgraduate Medicine at Bath University followed by five years as a Senior Lecturer in Analytical Sciences in the University of Brighton, preceded my current academic appointment as Professor of Biomolecular Sciences in 2005. I have been Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise for the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing since June 2016. 

My professional roles have included Chairman of the External Review Working Group (2009-2015) which was established to enhance the effectiveness of the European Food Safety Authority and I am a member of the UK Government Chemist Programme Evaluation Group (2009-2021). I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Dean Research & Enterprise


  • BSc Honours in Chemistry (major) and Biochemistry (minor), University College, Dublin
  • PhD in Biological Chemistry (Novel peptoids with potential as anticancer agents); Trinity College, Dublin
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

I am passionate about education - seeing it as a continuum from pre-university study through all levels to completion of a higher degree in research or professional practice. My experiences include academic roles in several departments of Chemistry, Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Medical Schools. I particularly embrace lifelong education and have acted as supervisor to over 30 PhD/MScR candidates and, more recently, as advisor to candidates completing a PhD by Publication in later life.   

I have acted as external and internal examiner for numerous PhD and MSc theses and I was examiner for the SGUL MSci in Biomedical Sciences. I was an invited panel Member for the College Review of the Dublin Institute of Technology Faculty of Health Sciences and was a member of the Academic Board for the establishment of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.         

Qualifications and expertise

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


The research interests of my group are wide-ranging with a focus on health and disease mechanisms and prevention.


> MRC/National Prevention Research Initiative Phase 4; (

> World Anti-Doping Agency; (

> The Foods Standards Agency; (

> The British Academy; (

> The Department for Business Innovation & Skills; (

> The Laboratory of the Government Chemist; (

> The National Measurement Office (

> The London Development Agency; (

> Neal's Yard Remedies

> GlaxsoSmithKline

> The Biological and Biotechnological Sciences Research Council (

> Hampshire County Council Forensic and Scientific Services


Dr Bamdad Padidar; Gilbert Ampem; Mathew Hookham; Aimira Gussain; Hira Razzak; Jake Shelley; Neha Ainsworth; Kelly Jane Robertson; Ezra Rashid; Simone Benedetti; Hassan Salhab; Angela Wann; Alaa Al-Sarraf.

Areas of specialism

  • Public Health
  • Mechanisms of Disease and Drug discovery
  • Drug and Toxin Analysis
  • Nutrition and Food Safety
  • Oral Biology and Microbiology

Scholarly affiliations

  • GSK Healthcare, Weybridge
  • LGC Teddington
  • UK Government Chemist
  • Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University
  • School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
  • Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston
  • Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University
  • Dept of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy, University College London
  • Institute of Public Health, Cambridge University

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Business, knowledge transfer and international

Knowledge transfer activities are mainly through collaboration with external organisations to provide impact from research experience. This involves long-standing interactions with industry which includes GSK Weybridge & LGC Teddington,  with Government and local government agencies (UK Government Chemist, Food Standards Agency, and Public Analysts), and with international bodies such as the European Food Safety Authority  (EFSA). 

Some of this activity is captured in an impact case study as part of the University Research Excellence Framework submission in 2014. See.. for further details.  

Areas of interest

  • Food Safety
  • Oral health and development of dentifrices
  • Food Chemistry and Analysis
  • Data Mining from safety databases
  • Regulatory affairs

Industry links

  • GSK Healthcare, Weybridge
  • LGC Teddington
  • UK Government Chemist
  • Food Standards Agency
  • European Food Safety Authority

Leadership and management

As Associate Dean for Research, Business and Innovation, my main role is to provide leadership for these areas within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Qualifications and expertise

  • Senior Strategic Leadership Programme with the Leadership Foundation

University responsibilities

  • Associate Dean for Research, Business and Innovation
  • Director of the Interdisciplinary Hub for the Study of Health and Age-related Conditions (IhSHA).
  • Member of the University Research, Business and Innovation Committee
  • Member of the REF2020 Steering Group
  • Chair of the Faculty Research, Business and Innovation Committee

Public and CIVIC roles

  • UK Government Chemist Programme Evaluation Group (2009-2021)

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