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Research Fellow, Environmental Chemistry, Glasgow Caledonian University

Joanne Roberts is a Research Fellow responsible for LCMS/MS analysis using the Thermo Q-Exactive Mass Spectrometry system.

Employed at GCU to develop sample preparation, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry methods for the EU, INTERREG “PILLS” project to determine pharmaceuticals in hospital waste water. This has been extended to the EU, INTERREG “noPILLS” project determining pharmaceuticals in waste water and river water. Other collaborative work with colleagues at GCU has included analysis of aflatoxins, flavonoids and bile acids by LCMS/MS and external collaborations with Bristol University and Abertay University.

Joanne received her PhD in 2017. Her thesis was titled “Determination and identification of drug and chemical metabolites in waste water by LCMS/MS”. Before starting work with GCU Joanne worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 30 years gaining experience in organic synthesis, process chemistry, analytical chemistry and bio-analytical chemistry. During her time in bio-analytical chemistry much experience was gained analysing neuro-transmitters and other biomarkers in the brain.


  • 2018–present
    Research fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University