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 where she is currently Senior Principal Research Officer. She is a founding member of APC Microbiome Ireland where she is a Principal investigator on the “Diet and Microbes at the Extremes of Life” research theme. She also leads the MiMIC project (€6.3 million), a major infant health collaboration with International Flavors & Fragrances.
She has had a highly active and productive research career over the last three decades. The outputs of her research and leadership have contributed greatly to developments both at Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome Ireland and to the Irish and international Dairy Industries. To date, she has supervised 57 Ph.D. students, 20 MSc students and 23 post-doctoral researchers from around the world. Many of her past students now occupy key roles in industry, education and research related to dairy, and food science and technology. She is an inventor on 12 patents and her work has been licensed by industry. She is highly prolific in publishing and thus far has authored/co-authored 451 peer-reviewed publications. These publications have accumulated 34,343 citations since 1987 and H-index currently stands at 92 (Source; Scopus). She has been recognized in Web of Science by Clarivate Analytics as a highly cited researcher ranking in the top 1% by citations for five consecutive years (2017 to 2021). The only Irish female scientist to achieve this, being the most published female author in Ireland during this time with highest H-Index and highest citations of all female Irish scientists.
Theme: Diet and Microbes
SDGs: SDG 3: Good health and well-being; SDG 4: Quality Education; SDG 5: Gender Equality; SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Key words: Nutrition and health, microbiome development in the infant, functional foods, probiotics, prebiotics, bioactive lipids and peptides.
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