For over a decade, Express Micro Science has been leading the way in analytical testing and solutions. Servicing clients in the food, leisure, agriculture, and pharmaceutical industries, there can be no compromise. Microscopic factors can have catastrophic consequences.
EMS scientists are true experts, combining years of experience with a passion for new learnings and innovation. We never settle for a process being ‘good enough’. When we work out how to do something well, our next step is to work out how to do it even better.
Our clients trust us because EMS scientists deliver pinpoint accurate data, in the most intuitive and actionable format for their businesses. This means they can request, receive, and review critical information in the shortest timeframe possible. Should any issues arise, our team will always be there to break down the challenges and help our clients get back on track.
Big thinking, for microscopic problems.

Meet the team

At Express Micro Science, we take pride in being meticulous experts, who truly love what we do. But don’t take our word for it. It’s only fair that before you test our services, you get to put our team under the microscope. So, here we are:

Jennifer Newton

Managing Director

I’m a graduate of both Penn State University in the USA and Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. I have a Bachelors in Food Science and a PhD in Distillation. I started Express Micro Science (previously known as Express Microbiology) in 2003 with 4 microbiologists and a part-time driver. The company has grown and grown and whilst I still take a keen interest in its day to day operation I have, fortunately, been replaced in most roles by more competent people. I still offer training seminars in microbiology and technical support where required as well as overseeing finance. My ambition is to run all six major Marathons, having completed NYC in 2019 and being accepted onto Berlin and London. Looking forward to the return of major sporting events to complete my goal!

Will Bates

Director

I graduated from university with a BSc (Hons) in Forensic and Investigative Science. In 2007 Jennifer hired me to work in the media lab at Express Microbiology on a short-term contract. She didn’t expect me to stay long and acknowledged that she was not able to pay me very much, so I would have to keep my other job working behind the bar in a pub! It’s been a while since those days, and I have very much enjoyed being part of the growth of the company; from the small laboratory I started working in to the multi-disciplined team of dedicated and brilliant people I work with every day. My role has changed over the years, and I have been involved with all aspects of the business. Now I am responsible for the continued growth and efficiency of the operation primarily through innovation and solutions through infrastructure and IT. In my spare time I love playing the piano and enjoy being outside – either in a garden (beer and home), on a boat, or up a mountain…

Kelly Anderson

Head of Technical

I’ve been a part of EMS from day one,  and have grown alongside the company ever since. Starting as an assistant microbiologist, I was promoted to microbiologist, Deputy Quality Manager, Quality Manager, and finally to my current role as Head of Technical. If you have any technical microbiology or quality control queries, look no further. I either have the answer, or know how to find it for you!

Sandra Morisetti

HR Manager

My name is Sandra Morisetti and I joined EMS in May 2016.  My background is in Hospitality and Mentoring. I have spent years within HR (too many to mention) however none of it spent in the field of Science, so joining Express was like joining a whole new world and quite a learning curve for me. It has taken me a while and only with the patience of my colleagues, am I getting my head round the terminology and how things work, but as in most HR jobs there are the similarities. In my spare time I enjoy improving my Gaelic, Zumba and spending time with my family and friends.

Michelle Milne

Chemistry Manager

I have a BSc in Pharmaceutical and forensic analysis. I started with Express in 2008 as Deputy Quality Manager. An analytical Chemist at heart, I eventually wore down the Directors to allow the development of a Chemistry Department. Once accreditation for nutritional chemistry was put on our scope of accreditation in 2016, it fuelled the idea of changing the name of the company from Express Microbiology to Express Micro Science in 2017. When not at work, I can be found spending time with my family and watching movies.

Sarah Kenhard

Business Development Manager

I joined the Express team in 2016 after working in the pharma industry, medical diagnostics, life sciences industry and Scottish Enterprise. I’ve known EMS since 2007, as I was their account manager at Scottish Enterprise. There’s nothing I love more than going out to visit clients, though difficult during COVID!

Susan Clark

Customer Service Manager

I joined EMS in 2007 after working for some years as a dental nurse. Excited by the prospect of a microbiology lab in my own town, I started working 3 days a week in the lab. As time went by, I realised that I wanted to try my hand at helping our customers in a more people-facing role. Each day, I talk with our clients and help them with their queries. The best part of my job is getting to chat with happy customers!

Alan Gruber

Transport Manager

I joined Express Microbiology in 2009, initially spreading my time between driving one of the 3 vans and working in the lab. It became evident that the vans were requiring slightly more attention than they’d been receiving, so I started looking after them too. Between the maintenance, scheduling collections,  taking samples on-site and doing the collections it’s kept me fairly busy. The fleet has grown to 9 refrigerated vans which cover about 8000 miles per week with 8 full time drivers. I’m living the dream!

Steven Carey

IT Manager

I am Steven Carey and I am the IT manager. I have worked at Express Micro Science since 2012, and have been the IT manager for 7 years. I am responsible for all things IT, from infrastructure to software and anything in between, leading a fantastic ever-expanding team striving to keep Express at the forefront of technology.

Jen Murray

Finance Administrator

I started my financial career at the Royal Bank of Scotland in the 1980s. I’ve worked in finance on and off for the last 30 years and joined the EMS team in 2017. Working at EMS is my first foray into science, so it has definitely been a learning curve, but if you have any queries about finance or invoices, drop me a line.

Rachel Steele

Quality Manager

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Strathclyde before completing an MSc in Molecular Biology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Six years in Dublin, working on cellular biology and molecular genetics, was followed by a return to Scotland to work in the food microbiology sector. Starting as assistant supervisor, I now have over 9 years of experience in the field and form an integral part of the EMS team in the role of Quality Manager.

Evelyn Gascoyne

Communications Manager

I’m a Falmouth University graduate with a BA(Hons) in Journalism and Creative Writing and an MA in Professional Writing. My Express Micro Science story began with a chance meeting that turned into a chat and the rest is history! I hope to grow with the company and implement communications that connect EMS, in all its parts, effortlessly. In my spare time I’m writing a novel, watching Lord of the Rings and/or eating biscuits.

Paul Moffat

Microbiology Lab Manager

I have a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Dundee and a MSc in Bio-Business and Medical Science from the University of Aberdeen. I joined Express Micro Science shortly after graduating in 2014 as an Assistant Microbiologist and have been in my current role as Microbiology Lab Manager since 2018. I oversee and manage the microbiology department in conjunction with a team of supervisors, which includes but is not limited to; managing and training our 30+ team members, managing stock levels and ensuring all assigned work is completed on time and to the highest possible standard. I am also heavily involved in the company’s non-accredited project work for various clients. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, reading, music and eating out whenever I can!

What to Expect

Our People
At EMS, we employ a dedicated team of specialists to ensure we never stop improving the services we provide. Our R&D Microbiologists are tasked with developing new methodologies and validation methods with new matrices, while our Industrial Microbiologists assist customers with contamination issues, and proactively plan preventative solutions. Finally, but critically, our IT specialists engineer bespoke solutions and provide technical support for each one of our customers.

Our Promise
Trust is paramount to the services EMS provides, and we promise that the data we deliver will be fit for purpose. Should results turn out not to be what you expected we will work with you to resolve all issues as quickly as possible.

Accreditations, Approvals and Memberships

We want our customers to have complete peace of mind. We therefore maintain the following accreditations, approvals and memberships, thus verifying our competencies and giving customers confidence in our work.