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Dr John Cocker

John Cocker

Biological Monitoring and Biochemistry

Dr John Cocker is an analytical biochemist and Chartered Biologist with extensive experience in developing and using sophisticated techniques to analyse biological samples for trace levels of toxic substances and their metabolites.

John has over 30 years' experience in the field of biological monitoring and is a key advisor within HSE on biological monitoring methods, policy, and the setting of guidance values.  His expertise is also in demand by bodies such as the World Health Organisation and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists as well as public and private-sector organisations in the UK and beyond. In 2009, John was appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, an independent body which advises Ministers on matters relating to the control of pesticides.

John's current research interests include:

- variability in biomarkers
- background incidence of key chemical exposure biomarkers within the general population
- exposure to organophosphate pesticides
- exposure to copper chrome arsenic (CCA) wood preservatives

John is registered as a Clinical Scientist by the Health and Care Professions Council and holds editorial positions at The Annals of Occupational Hygiene.and Biomarkers.


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