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Paul Cotter


Prof Paul Cotter is the Head of Food Biosciences at Teagasc and a Principal Investigator with the large Irish Research Centres, APC Microbiome Ireland, Vistamilk and Food for Health Ireland and CTO/co-founder of SeqBiome, a microbiome sequencing and bioinformatics service provider. He is a molecular microbiologist, with a particular focus on the microbiology of foods (especially fermented foods), the food chain and of humans, as well as probiotics and postbiotics. Prof Cotter is the author of >350 peer-reviewed, was included in the Clarivate list of highly cited researchers for 2018-2021 and is the Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Microbiology.

Paul’s team focus on the microbiology of foods (especially fermented foods, including those from developing countries) and the food chain as well as the impact of food and exercise on human microbiomes and health. Other areas of interest include probiotics, postbiotics, bacteriocins and the development and application of novel DNA sequencing approaches for microbiome analysis.

Twitter: @pauldcotter

Research Interests

Theme: Diet and Microbes

SDGs: SDG 1 No poverty, SDG 2 Zero Hunger, SDG 3 Good health and well-being, SDG 5 Gender equality, SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth, SDG9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG10 Reduced inequalities, SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13 Climate action, SDG 15 Life on land,

Research key words: Microbiome, Fermented foods, Bacteriocin,



APC Microbiome Ireland, Biosciences Building, University College Cork, Ireland,