Chemical Messaging for Prevention of Microbial Biofilm ColonisationRead more
SuperValu has presented the SuperValu Award for Excellence in Food Microbiology to Damhan Scully at a ceremony at University College Cork (UCC). This collaboration with the School of Microbiology, UCC, is intended to acknowledge the high standard of research being done by UCC scientists across a range of food microbiology areas.Read more
Ian O’Neill of UCC’s School of Microbiology has won the 2015 UCC Science for All competition.Read more
Professor Alan Dobson from the School of Microbiology, UCC has recently been elected to the Board of the International Marine Biotechnology Association (IMBA).Read more
SuperValu has presented the inaugural SuperValu Award for Excellence in Food Microbiology to James O’Shea at a ceremony at University College Cork (UCC). This collaboration with the School of Microbiology, UCC, is intended to acknowledge the high standard of research being done by UCC scientists across a range of food microbiology areas.Read more
The regulation of virulence factors by pathogenic bacteria is tightly controlled in response to environmental and cellular signals or cues. Understanding these regulatory pathways may reveal potential targets for intervention in the disease process. New insights into these pathways and processes are published today in the prestigious The EMBO Journal.Read more
Eleven Microbiology students were conferred at the Summer Conferring Ceremonies, University College Cork, on 13 June 2013.Read more
As part of a national fundraising initiative for Temple Street Children's University Hospital, the Microbiology Society, UCC, organised a bake sale on Friday the 3rd of May. The Great Irish Bake, now in its fifth year, raises funds for Temple Street Children's University Hospital.Read more
Five Microbiology students were conferred at the Spring Conferring Ceremonies, University College Cork, on 21 February 2013.Read more
Kate Twomey awarded best research poster prize at the recent Irish National Cystic Fibrosis Conference05 Feb
At the 13th Irish National Cystic Fibrosis Conference held in Killarney on Jan 31st- Feb 1st 2013 the first prize of best research poster was awarded to Ms Kate Twomey. Kate is a final year PhD student in the Department of Microbiology under the supervision of Dr Robert Ryan.Read more
Congratulations to Shi-qi An, who successfully defended her PhD thesis in Guangxi University, Nanning, China on December 3rd, 2012.
The inaugural 2012 UCC Research Awards were presented on Monday 19 November, celebrating UCC researchers who have made exceptional and influential research contributions. Dr Marcus Claesson, Microbiology, was joint recipient of the Early Stage Researcher of the Year award.Read more
Six Microbiology students were conferred at the Autumn Conferring Ceremonies, University College Cork, on 30 October 2012.Read more
Professor Colin Hill appointed President International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics03 Oct
Professor Colin Hill of the Microbiology Department and Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC, is the incoming President of ISAPP (the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics; www.isapp.net), an association of academic and industrial scientists.Read more
Dr Jerry Reen, a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in the BIOMERIT Research Centre (BRC), Microbiology, UCC, was recently awarded best poster prize at the Royal Irish Academy Workshop on Emerging Treatments for Lung Diseases.Read more
The primary focus of this visit was to explore research collaborations between Irish Universities/Research Institutes and Hokkaido University in Japan. There is a particular interest in Food, Functional foods and the ambition to add value to foods beyond their basic food/nutrient value.Read more
New research published in the journal Nature shows that a relationship exists between diet, gut bacteria and the health of older Irish people. The findings provide exciting new opportunities for the food industry as there is now the scientific basis for developing foods to promote healthier ageing.Read more
Dr Robert Ryan has been awarded the 2012 SfAM (Society for Applied Microbiology) WH Pierce Memorial Prize in recognition of his work aimed at understanding the complex interplay between bacterial pathogens during polymicrobial infection.Read more
UCC is hosting the second Young Microbiologists Symposium on Microbe Signalling, Organisation and Pathogenesis on June 21st-22nd. This two-day international conference is intended to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and young principal investigators from leading laboratories around the world to discuss their current research.Read more
The Department of Microbiology would like to welcome Summer student Ms Jessica Lynagh to the laboratory of Dr Max Dow. Jessica has just completed the second year of her BSc in Microbiology at UCC and has been awarded a summer studentship funded by the British Society for Plant Pathology.Read more
The Chair of this year’s 2012 International Conference on Cyclic di-GMP and Xanthomonads was Dr Max Dow from UCC’s Department of Microbiology. Dr Dow was asked by his peers to be responsible for the scientific content of the conference as well as the selection of all speakers, discussion leaders and attendees.Read more
Dr Stephen Jackson a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Microbiology, UCC, working in the group of Professor Alan Dobson, was involved in taking samples from Lough Hyne, a Marine Nature Reserve near Baltimore in Cork; as part of the Ocean Sampling Day (OSD).Read more
The Marie Curie funded Initial Training Network (ITN)- BluePharmTrain is a multi-disciplinary alliance of 18 European academic and industrial partners working in collaboration to train young scientists in multi-disciplinary aspects of Blue Biotechnology.Read more
Dr Paulo Sérgio Lacerda Beirão, Director of International Co-operation, CNPq – National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil was in UCC this week.
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)
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
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
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
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”
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”
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
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
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”
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”