Catherine Stanton


  • 1983                BSc (2.1H) Nutrition/Food Chemistry, University College Cork
  • 1986                MSc Nutrition, University College Cork
  • 1988                PhD Biochemistry, Bournemouth University, UK
  • 2009                DSc National University of Ireland

Catherine graduated from UCC with B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Nutrition and Food Chemistry, and Ph.D in Biochemistry from Bournemouth University, UK. She continued her research with Johnson & Johnson UK, and as postdoctoral fellow in Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University Medical Center NC, USA before joining Teagasc Moorepark in 1994. She has since developed a research programme on functional foods, with emphasis on the molecular analysis of food components that impact on human nutrition and health.  Catherine is currently Principal Research Officer at Teagasc and a Principal Investigator in the APC’s Microbial Metabolites core and in the Food Health Ireland research centre. She has published over 100 papers and has been awarded a D.Sc. She was appointed Adjunct Professor, College of Medicine and Health, Department of Psychiatry, UCC in 2012 and more recently  a Research Professor at UCC.

Research Interests

  • Nutritional aspects of dairy foods, functional foods,
  • Probiotic cultures: health benefits, bioactive metabolite production and host health
  • Infant gut microbiota: Influence of Dietary and Environmental Factors
  • Probiotics: technological aspects, development of functional foods,
  • Bioactive lipids: Microbial production of bioactive FA, CLAs, SCFA, n-3 FA, lipids and health benefits
  • Bioactive peptides

Current  Research Funding

Agency Title Start-End Year Total Grant Value € PI Value €
SFI/MNJ COMBINE (/INFANT/APC) JULY 2015-2019 €4.2M  €828,432 
SFI  APC1/APC2/APC3 2003-08; 2008-2013; 2013-2018  €50M €18M
EU FP7  FIBEBIOTICS: Dietary Fibers supporting Gut and Immune Function: (REF: 289517) 2012-2016  €5.97M €194,063 
EU FP7  CFMATTERS (No. 603038)  2013-2016  €5.99M €380,000 
EU FP7  MYNEWGUT  2013-2018  € 
DAFF  INFANTMET (10/RD/INFANTMET/MFRC/705) 2011-2015  €398,858  €218,000
EI  MUCOL: Heart friendly probiotic  2013-2017  €403,006  €330,754 
DAFM  SMART FOOD: Science Based ‘Intelligent’/Functional and Medical Foods for Optimum Brain Health  2013-2017  €599,921  €255,880 
DAFM  TODDLERFOOD: Food solutions for replenishing disrupted microbiota in toddlers  2014-2018  €597,246  €313,899 
DAFM PREMARA: Prebiotics from seaweeds 2014-2018 €601,078 €268,202


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Professional Activity

Patents Filed/Granted

  • Probiotic Composition Suitable for Animals. W02006114778 (2005)
  • Conjugated linoleic acid isomerase and a process for the production of conjugated linoleic acid WO2002101056 (2001)
  • Process for the manufacture of probiotic cheese. WO1999062348 (1998)
  • Process for the production of trans-10 Cis 12 octadecadienoic acid. WO2007074010 (2005)
  • Casein-derived antimicrobial peptides and lactobacillus strains that produce them. WO2007057872 (2005)
  • Angiotensin-I-Converting Enzyme Inhibitory. W02007096855 (2006)
  • Antimicrobial Peptides and Bacterial Strains that produce them. US 20090214498 (2007)
  • Modulation of tissue fatty acid composition of a host by human gut bacteria W02009043856 (2007)
  • GABA-producing culturable bacteria derived from the human gastrointestinal tract. 4 (2012)
  • Exopolysaccharide-producing bacteria, and uses thereof for protecting heart health. PCT Application number PCT/EP2013/068119


  • Alimentary Health Ltd (for W02009043856)


  • ELIE METCHKNOFF 2010 Award jointly with Paul Ross, Colin Hill, Gerald Fitzgerald for research on the application of Lactic Acid Bacteria in fermented dairy products to improve health
  • APC Scientist of the Year 2011
  • UCC Research COMMERCIALISATION Award, 27th March, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • Member (and Rapporteur) of Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Evaluation of Health and Nutritional Properties of Probiotics in Food, Córdoba, Argentina, 1-4 October 2001.
  • Member (and Rapporteur) of Working Group convened by FAO/WHO to develop Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2002, and /IDF/ISO (2004-2006)
  • Member of Utrecht Group (Dairy Nutrition) Dutch Dairy Foundation since 1997
  • Member of Steering Group on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (Forfas), 2002
  • Member (and Facilitator) of European Technology Platform (ETP) WG Food Quality & Manufacturing Working Group (2005-2013)
  • Member of TEAGASC FORESIGHT 2030 Working Group (2007/2008)
  • Member ILSI Expert Group on Beneficial Aspects of Food Processing (2008-2010)
  • Member IDF Standing Committee Nutrition and Health (1998-date)
  • Member Agropolis Fondation Science Council, France (2011-date)
  • Member American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • Member American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS)



Catherine Stanton

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Principal Investigators

APC Microbiome Ireland

Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland,