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January-March 2015

29 January, Postgraduate Speakers: James Murphy, School of Microbiology UCC. Panviromics and methylomics: The power of phage genomic sequencing; and Peter Skuse, Moorepark Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy and School of Microbiology, UCC. Investigation of the impact of whey proteins and associated bioactive components on the gut microbiota and in turn, Obesity

5 February, Dr Jerry Reen, BIOMERIT Reasearch Centre, School of Microbiology, UCC. Small molecules and translational research for therapy

12 February, Postgraduate Speakers: Karen McCarthy, School of Microbiology and Tyndall National Institute, UCC. Polyphosphate accumulation in Lactobacilli; and Brian McDonnell, School of Microbiology and Alimentary Pharmacobiotic Centre, UCC. Phages and phage resistance systems of Streptococcus thermophilus

19 February, Postgraduate Speakers: Ronan Gough, School of Microbiology, UCC Encapsulation of bioactive peptides for delivery to the colon; and Eimear Hurley, Cork Dental Hospital and School of Microbiology, UCC. Title TBC

26 February, Dr Gavin Collins, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway. Genomics and manipulation of slow sand filter technologies cleaning estrogen-contaminated drinking water

5 March, 4th Year Orals

12 March, Prof Jose Bengoechea, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical devices, Queen's University Belfast. Klebsiella pneumoniae: The Master Puppeteer

19 March, Prof Luisa Serafim, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Bioprocesses for the Production of Value-added products from wastes and industrial subproducts (tbc)

October-December 2014

1 October, Dr Andreas Gombert, University of Campinas, Brazil. Developments in the Brazilian Bioethanol Sector

23 October, Prof. Kim Roberts, Department of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin, Influenza virus transmission: more than coughs and sneezes

30 October, Postgraduate Speakers: Cian Hill, School of Microbiology, UCC. INFANTMET: The Effect of Birth Mode on the Gut Bacteria of Infants in the First 6 Months of Life; and Kiera Murphy Moorepark Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy and School of Microbiology, UCC. Infant Nutrition and the Gut Microbiota

6 November, Prof. Sean Doyle, Dept. of Biology, Maynooth University, Making sulphurized molecules in fungi: Is gliotoxin biosynthesis a high risk strategy for Aspergillus fumigatus?

13 November, Prof. Sylvain Moineau, Dept. of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Bioinformatics, Université Laval, Quebec. CRISPR-Cas systems: from humble beginnings to today’s headlines

20 November, Dr Susan Joyce, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre & School of Medicine, University College Cork. Bacteria and Bile acids: impact on host physiology

27 November, Prof. Peter Mullany, Eastman Institute, University College London. The role of conjugative transposons in the evolution of bacterial genomes


January-March 2014

16 January, Postgraduate Speakers: Jennifer Hollywood, School of Microbiology and Department of Physiology, UCC. Cystic fibrosis gene repair: Correction of deltaF508 using Zinc Finger Nucleases and CRISPR/Cas9 guide RNA gene editing tools; and Francesca Bottacini, School of Microbiology. Comparative genomics of Bifidobacteria

23 January, Postgraduate Speakers: James Nolan, School of Microbiology. The effects of Rosuvastatin on the murine gastrointestinal microbiota; and Elaine Patterson, Moorepark Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy and School of Microbiology, UCC. Impact of dietary fatty acids on metabolic activity and host intestinal microbiota composition in C57BL/6J mice

30 January, Dr John Mac Sharry, College of Medicine and School of Microbiology, UCC.  Interactions between microbes and mucosa

6 February, Prof Miguel Valvano, Queens University Belfast. Pathogenesis of Burkholderia in cystic fibrosis

20 February, Postgraduate Speakers: Eoghan Casey, School of Microbiology. Characterisation of bacteriophages infecting Lactobacillus delbrueckii; and Kenneth Collins, Moorepark Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy and School of Microbiology, UCC. Investigation of the Prebiotic potential of Irish seaweeds using in vitro faecal fermentations

27 February, Prof David McHugh, Conway Institute, University College Dublin. Genomic characterisation of host responses to M. bovis infection.

6 March, Dr Alain Kohl, Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow. Insights into RNA interference pathways that control arbovirus replication in mosquito cell

13 March, Postgraduate Speakers: Susan Maye, Moorepark Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy and School of Microbiology, UCC. Exploring the Complement system of bovine milk in terms of its sequestration potential and possible association with the Milk fat globule membrane; and Daniel Cavanagh, Moorepark Research Centre, Teagasc, Fermoy and School of Microbiology, UCC. From Field to Fermentation: Characterization & Application of Non-Dairy Cultures in Dairy Foods

October-December 2013

24 October, Prof. Vincent O’Flaherty, Department of Microbiology, NUI Galway: “Microbial community development and adaptation during low-temperature anaerobic digestion”

31 October, Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee: “Stop swimming to initiate Bacillus subtilis biofilm formation”

7 November, Dr Nick Waterfield, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick: Photorhabdus asymbiotica: from insect to man”

14 November, Student Seminars: Muireann Egan & Lorraine Draper

21 November, Student Seminars: Fiona Fouhy & Sinead Mackey

28 November, Student Seminars: Ronan McCarthy & Harsh Mathur

January-March 2013

17 January, Student Seminars: Brian Healy, Lantibiotic Bioengineering for the Generation of Enhanced Derivatives” and Kate Twomey, “The Role of Bacterial Interspecies Communication in Polymicrobial Infection of the Cystic Fibrosis Airway”

24 January, Student Seminars: Stephen Stockdale, “Host penetration by a lactococcal phage” and Rob Phelan, ”Characterisation of the sporeforming population from coastal and deep sea marine sponges”

31 January, Student Seminars: Siobhan Clarke, “Consequences of employing antimicrobial-based modification of gut microbiota as a means of controlling obesity” and Alan Marsh, ”Pyrosequencing of Naturally Fermented Beverages with Health-Promoting Potential”

7 February, Student Seminars: Emma Hennessy, “Investigation of the effect of statins on virulence and host cell interaction of bacterial respiratory pathogens” and Daniel Burke, Clostridium difficile in adult Cystic Fibrosis:  Prevalence and strain characterisation, a prospective study.”

14 February, Peter Golyshin, School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University: "Mining metagenomes for new enzymes."

21 February, Ultan Power, Centre for Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queens University Belfast: "Modelling respiratory syncytial virus cytopathogenesis in infant airway epithelium."

28 February, Pete Sudbery, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Sheffield University: "The molecular and cell biology of hyphal growth in the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans."

7 March, Ed Lavelle, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin: "Inflammasome activating particulate adjuvants for injectable and mucosal vaccines." 

14 March, Student Seminars: Susan Power, “Antimicrobial production by intestinal bacteria from elderly subjects”  and Lisa Quigley, “Dairy-Met: Compositional Analysis of the Microbiota of Milk and Cheese”


October-December 2012

11 October, Prof Alastair Fleming, Department of Microbiology, TCD: “Chromatin remodelling during yeast stationary phase”

18 October, Student Seminars: Ludovica Butto & Burkhardt Flemer

25th October, Prof John Cryan, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, UCC, “Mind-altering microorganisms: the impact of the gut microbiota on brain and behaviour”

1 November, Student Seminars: Kerry O’Connell & Stuart Ainsworth

8 November, Prof Jos Raaijmakers, Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands: “The Rhizosphere Microbiome: metagenomics and metatranscriptomics”

15 November, No seminar, Society for General Microbiology, Irish Branch Meeting

22 November, Student Seminars: Frank Egan & Ceara de Lacy

29 November, Dr Tadhg O’Croinin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, UCD: “DNA Supercoiling and the regulation of virulence in Campylobacter jejuni

6 December, Prof Joan Geoghegan, Department of Microbiology, TCD: “Biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus - a role for cell wall anchored surface   proteins”

January-March 2012

12 January Student Seminars: Sarah Crowley and Claire Flaherty

19 January   Student Seminars: Brian Healy and Eamonn Culligan

26 January  Student Seminars: Burkhardt Flemer and Bill Ryan
2 February  Dr Shabarinath Srikumar, Department of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin: “The role of propanediol and ethanolamine in Salmonella virulence - emerging concepts”
9 February Prof Brendan Kenny, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, University of Newcastle: “Enteropathogenic E.coli (EPEC)-host cell interactions: New insights on epithelial-, immune- and pathogen-biology”

16 February  Student Seminars: Brian Forde and Ruth Morrissey

23 February   Prof Mick Tuite, School of Biosciences, University of Kent: “The formation and propagation of a yeast prion”

1 March  Student Seminars: Robert Kent and Bhuvaneswai Lakshminarayanan

8 March Dr Finbarr Hayes, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester: “Assembly and action of the segrosome, a nucleoprotein machine that drives bacterial DNA segregation”

15 March Dr Marcus Claesson, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC: “Gut microbiota, diet and health in the Elderly population”

22 March  Student Seminars: Tatiana Marques and Robert McCarthy

October-December 2011


20 October - Prof Kevin Devine, Smurfit Institute of Genetics, TCD "The regulation of cell wall metabolism in Bacillus subtilis"

27 October - Student Seminars: Danielle Troppens and Stephen Jackson

3 November - Student Seminars: Ciorsdan Campion and Lekha Margassery

10 November - Prof Mark Achtman, Environmental Research Institute & Dept. of Microbiology, UCC  "Population genetics of genetically monomorphic pathogens"

17 November - Prof Sheila Patrick, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen's University Belfast "Bacteroides fragilis and the unknown unknown"

24 November - Dr Jim O’Gara, Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research,  UCD "MRSA sacrifices virulence potential for antibiotic resistance"

1 December - Student Seminars: Sarah Crowley and Adam O’Driscoll

January-March 2011


13 January – Student Seminars: Jana Haase & Mary McCullagh

20 January – Dr Mary O’Connell Motherway, Department of Microbiology & Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC
From Prebiotics to Pili: Functional Genomics of Bifidobacterium breve UCC2003

27 January – No seminar

3 February – Dr Susan Joyce, Department of Microbiology & Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork Title TBC

10 February – Prof Urs Jenal, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland
“Second messenger-mediated coordination of bacterial morphogenesis and cell cycle control"

17 February – Student Seminars: Mary Rea & Srinivasa Suda

24 February – Prof Jay Hinton, Department of Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin “Lag is the forgotten growth phase: What happens during the earliest stage of growth of a bacterial cell?”

3 March – Prof Liz Sockett, Institute of Genetics, Medical School QMC, Nottingham
Predatory Bdellovibrio, developmental cycle and virulence

October-December 2010

7 October – Dr Conor O’Byrne, Department of Microbiology, NUI Galway ‘Coping with stress: Regulation of Sigma B activity in the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes

14 October – No seminar: 1st Year Postgraduate project talks

21 October – Student Seminars: Anne Neville, Microbiology Department, UCC 'Functional genomics of a motile Lactobacillus' and Evelyn Molloy, Microbiology Department, UCC 'Steps toward in vitro reconstitution of Listeriolysin S biosynthesis'

28 October – No seminar: Postgrad Forum – Postgrads to Attend

4 November – Dr Gary Moran, Trinity College Dublin ‘Nutrient regulation of virulence in Candida dubliniensis

11 November – Prof Ciarán Condon, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique, Paris ‘RNA maturation and turnover in B. subtilis versus E. coli......chalk and cheese’

18 November – Prof Stephen Gordon, Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin 'The molecular evolution of the BCG vaccine strain'

25 November – Student Seminars: Karen O’Donovan and Lea Lango

2 December – Student Seminars: David Russell and Joseph Ryan, Moorepark Food Research Centre, Fermoy


January - March 2010


28 January – Student Seminars: James Dalton

4 February – Student Seminars: Sinead Doherty  & Vincenzo Fallico, Moorepark Food Research Centre – VENUE AL_1 – Aras Na Laoi

11 February – Dr Kevin O’Connor, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences, University College Dublin ‘Biodegradable plastic synthesis by bacteria: A technological and molecular exploration’

18 February – Dr Max Dow, Department of Microbiology, University College Cork ‘Cyclic di-GMP as a second messenger linking cell-cell signalling to virulence in Xanthomonas campestris’

25 February – Student Seminars: Michael Mac Aogain (Dept. Microbiology) & Lis London, Moorepark Food Research Centre

4 March – Dr Kevin Harrington, The Insitute of Cancer Research, Chester Beatty Laboratories, London – Society for General Microbiology Lecture: ‘Oncolytic Virus Therapy as Part of Combined Treatment Regimens: Reasons to be Cheerful?’

11 March – No seminar.

18 March – Prof Peter Sullivan, Department of Paediatrics University of Oxford Helicobacter pylori and The African Enigma’

25 March – Student Seminars: Sinead Heuston, Microbiology Department, UCC “Analysis of the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathways in Listeria monocytogenes” and Jennifer Savage, Microbiology Department, UCC “Exopolysaccharide producing Lactic Acid Bacteria


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