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Porter, Elaine

Job title: 

Health & Safety and Estates Liaison Officer, Kew

Office of the Science Directorate
Joined Kew: 


Qualifications and appointments: 
  • BSc, Applied Biology, Hatfield Polytechnic, 1990
  • PhD, in Chemotaxonomy, Birkbeck College, Univ. London, 2004
  • Sessional Lecturer, GEDS, Birkbeck College, 2003-2013
  • Research Plant Biochemist, Jodrell Lab, 1990-2014
  • IOSH Managing Safely, 2012

I (and my deputy) with my counterpart at Wakehurst will be working with all Science Directorate staff in order to develop and deliver a coherent, workable H&S system, that complies with legislation and is based on Kew H&S Action Plans. Our aim is to have a system that works across all science. I want to keep the good work of the sustainability team going and increase awareness amongst staff. I am the link person for all science staff with regard to Facilities Management and I’m aiming to streamline the system thus lowering the burden on staff. Managing contractors to science is also within my remit.

My background is in chemical fingerprinting and isolation of plant-derived compounds using various techniques for authentication, chemotaxonomy and applied projects, for example the Boots Botanics Range.

Selected publications: 

Bongcheewin, B., Grayer, R. J., Porter, E.A., Kite, G. C., Simmonds, M. S. J. & Ingrouille, M. J. (2014). A chemosystematic study of the genus Gomphostemma and related genera (Lamiaceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 57: 305-316.

Fang, R. Veitch, N. C., Kite, G. C. Porter, E. A. & Simmonds, M. S. J. (2013). Enhanced Profiling of Flavonol Glycosides in the Fruits of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). J. Agric. Food Chem.

Kite, G. C., Larsson, S., Veitch, N. C., Porter, E. A., Ding, N. & Simmonds, M. S. J. (2013). Acyl spermidines in inflorescence extracts of elder (Sambucus nigra L., Adoxaceae) and elderflower drinks. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 61: 3501-3508.

Prescott, T. A. K., Kite, G. C., Porter, E. A. & Veitch, N. C. (2013). Highly glycosylated flavonols with an O-linked pentasaccharide from Iberis saxatilis (Brassicaceae). Phytochemistry 88: 85-91.

Porter, E. A., Van den Bos, A., Kite, G. C., Veitch, N. C., Simmonds, M. S. J. (2012). Flavonol glycosides acylated with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaric acid as systematic characters in Rosa. Phytochemistry 81: 90-96.