Academic Staff

John Atkins

  • Translational recoding including programmed ribosomal frameshifting, translational bypassing and codon redefinition.
  • Stop codons specifying a standard amino acid (readthrough), UGA specifying selenocysteine, uncommon start codons and the StopGo utilized in Foot and Mouth Disease virus expression.
  • Deep earth life and RNA World issues. 

Marcus Claesson

  • Bioinformatics
  • Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
  • Culture-independent approaches to understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease

David Clarke

  • Bacteria-host interactions
  • Biofilm formation
  • Signaling in bacteria

Alan Dobson

  • Applied Microbiology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Physiology and genetics of bacteria and fungi from marine and terrestrial Environments
  • Functional Metagenomics
  • Food Mycology/Genetics of Mycotoxigenic fungi
  • Eukaryotic microbes/Cell Biology.

Max Dow

  • Cyclic di-GMP signalling in the regulation of virulence of human and plant pathogens
  • Lipopolysaccharides and the induction of defence responses in plants
  • Induced systemic resistance and biocontrol of plant diseases by beneficial bacteria

Gerald Fitzgerald

  • Biochemistry, physiology and genetics of Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Probiotic cultures - fundamental analysis and applications in foods
  • Genomics of Bifidobacterium
  • Bacteriophage resistance in Lactococcus: fundamental analysis of resistance systems and their application in the construction of phage resistant cultures
  • Molecular genetics of bacteriophage of Lactococcus
  • Antimicrobials of Lactic Acid Bacteria as biopreservatives of foods

Cormac Gahan

  • Development of live bacterial vaccine and DNA delivery vectors
  • Understanding microbial pathogenesis (Listeria monocytogenes & Clostridium difficile)
  • Culture-independent approaches to understanding the gut microbiota
  • Microbe-host signaling and bile degradation in the human GI tract

Colin Hill

  • Infectious pathogens
  • The gut microbiome
  • Bacteriocins (applied and fundamental aspects)
  • Bacteriophage (applied and fundamental aspects)
  • Probiotics as anti-infectives

John MacSharry

  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Mucosal immune sampling and response in the gut and the lungs

John Morgan

  • Gastrointestinal viruses and disease: Norovirus; Rotavirus and Poliovirus
  • Mucosal immunity: Peyer’s patches as antigen sampling sites in the gut
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and the Cystic Fibrosis lung

John Morrissey

  • Yeast Biotechnology
  • Microbial signalling
  • Microbe-host interactions
  • Fungal pathogenesis
  • Environmental and Marine Biotechnology

Fergal O’Gara

  • Microbial Genetics and Genomics
  • Microbe-host Interactions Applied to Environment and Health Sectors
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • Molecular Microbial Ecology of Microbes

 Niall O'Leary

  •  Environmental Biotechnology 
  • Microbial Bioconversions for Resource Sustainability
  • Waste/Wastewater bioremediation
  • Global regulation of microbial pathways for pollutant catabolism

Paul O’Toole

  • Genomics of host interaction mechanisms in gastrointestinal bacteria
  • Composition and function of the human gut microbiota

Mike Prentice

  • Bacterial genomics, especially Yersinia sp
  • Bacterial Microcompartments
  • Horizontal gene transfer in bacteria (phage mediated)

 Paul Ross

  • Food Biotechnology 
  • Gut microbiota
  • Novel antimicrobials, including bacteriocins and bacteriophage
  • Probiotics and starter cultures

Martina Scallan

  • Virus-host cell interactions: intracellular molecular communication between virus and cell components determining infection outcome.
  • Viruses as vectors for therapeutic gene delivery.
  • Gastrointestinal viruses and gut epithelial cells and the influence of probiotic bacteria on virus-epithelial cell interactions.
  • Neurotropic viruses and cells of the central nervous system

Douwe van Sinderen

  • Global gene regulation in bacteria through environmental sensing systems
  • Molecular biology of bacteriophage infecting lactic acid bacteria
  • Genomics and systems biology of lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria
  • Metabolic engineering of lactic acid bacteria
  • Probiotic functionality of bifidobacteria
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