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Joost Laurus Dinant Nelis

Postdoctoral fellow in biotechnology for food security, CSIRO

Dr Joost Nelis currently works as a Research plus post-doctoral fellow in CSIRO, Australia. He is developing a novel pipeline for the production of superior biosensor for on-the-spot food allergen detection combining mass spectrometry, proteomics and plasmonics. Prior to this position Joost was a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. There his work focussed on the development of smartphone-hyphenated devices for the detection of major food contaminants. Joost is a very motivated researcher in the field of analytical chemistry/biosensing for point-of-site food contaminant detection. The research he has conducted in the past three years resulted in the development of smartphone-based colorimetric, plasmonic and electrochemical devices for the detection of various marine toxins and allergens. Joost has published fifteen peer reviewed articles on these topics in the past three years. He is also actively involved in the development of the first, freely accessible, database on biosensors for food contaminant detection (


  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral Researcher, CSIRO
  • 2020–present
    Visiting Scholar, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2017–2020
    Early career researcher, Queen's University Belfast


  • 2017 
    Master in Biotechnology, Summa Cum Laude
  • 2008 
    Bachelor in Biology, Cum Laude