John Mac Sharry
John is a dynamic engaged Research Leader in Mucosal Immunology, Medical Microbiology with a focus on Translational research and community engaged Interdisciplinary research. He has over 100 publications in high impact highly cited journals with a H index 31 in Google Scholar, in the top 5% of research in UCC (SciVal, ResearchGate). In his current position, since 2013, he has secured funding of over €3 Million, from exchequer, charity, and Industrial sources via active collaborations with Industry and APC Microbiome Ireland.
His research areas of interest include:
A. Wastewater ,Diseases diagnostics and detection- UCC lead in an ongoing SFI funded interdisciplinary project in utilising, Antigen testing, Saliva and Wastewater to detect pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 & AMR carriage. John also studies host immunity to infection collaborating with national and international partners in evaluating antibody detection and genomics.
B. Asthma Immune Microbiome dialogue- Lung microbiome in adult asthmatics patients from the CUH Respiratory clinic, Cork. Collaborations- Dr Des Murphy CUH, Dr Liam Fanning CUH, Dr Chris Ward, Newcastle University.
C. Gut epithelial and immune sensing of commensal microbes - APC Microbiome Ireland- Industry collaborations with Prof D. van Sinderen and Danone (Paris-Africa), Nutricia and Friesland Campina (Netherlands).
D Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) microbial survival and immune evasion- Studying unique metabolic pathways of UTI clinical pathogens. Collaborations with Prof M Prentice CUH/UCC, Microbes NG Birmingham.
Research Theme: Theme 4- Host Microbe Dialogue
SDG: SDGs 3, 11, & 17.
Key words: Microbial detection, Wastewater, Community, Immunity, Microbiome