About Us

Lipid Analysis and Fatty Acid Profiling

Mylnefield Lipid Analysis was founded by legends of lipid analysis, Professor Frank Gunstone and Dr Bill Christie MBE, at the James Hutton Institute (formerly the Scottish Crop Research Institute), in 1995.

Frank, a retired emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, teamed up with his former PhD student, Bill, who was SCRI’s Head of Chemistry at the time and an internationally recognised expert in lipid research and analysis.  During his career, Bill undertook a great deal of work with both animal and plant lipids, and oil seeds, and demonstrated considerable expertise in the use of HPLC and GC-MS for the analysis of lipids. 

Laboratory space was made available and Claire Traynor, Head of Mylnefield Lipid Analysis was recruited as the laboratory’s first analyst.  Mylnefield Lipid Analysis moved into its current laboratories on the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, site in 1999.  

Frank and Bill led the lab to secure a worldwide reputation for excellence in lipids. Their legacy continues now with regular customers sending samples to the laboratory from all over the world.  The team has now grown to eight people and Mylnefield Lipid Analysis is a leading international laboratory for the specialist analysis of oils and fats offering a fully accredited service that has gained an outstanding reputation for high quality and reliability.

The laboratory is fully accredited to ISO9001:2015 standards and regularly participates in international ring testing. Mylnefield Lipid Analysis was awarded first place in the 2016/2017 GOED Nutraceuticals Series of the American Oil Chemist Society Laboratory Proficiency Program, the worlds' most extensive and respected collaborative proficiency testing programme for oil and fat related commodities READ MORE

It is also one of the few laboratories in the world that has been approved by both the UK MHRA and the US FDA for GMP analysis of oils and fats and has undergone a successful GCP inspection by the MHRA. Mylnefield Lipid Analysis works to similar standards as the GLP accreditation scheme and if required by customers, would welcome the opportunity to become a part of this too.

Claire Traynor and the Mylnefield Lipid Analysis Team
Claire & the team represent the excellent reputation of Mylnefield Lipid Analysis for a global customer base

meet the team

Head of Mylnefield Lipid Analysis
Research & Development and Validation Manager
Team Lead / Quality Control Manager
Laboratory Assistant
Analytical Chemist
Analytical Chemist
Analytical Chemist
Analytical Chemist


Business Development Manager
Consultant, proprietor of Winwood Bioscience