One of the main aims of the School of Microbiology at UCC is to foster research of the highest international quality, while promoting collegiality and collaboration. The school places a high priority on the promotion of high quality research, a function that overlaps with our teaching ethos. The School of Microbiology has a vibrant research programme, generally centered around the research interests of individual staff members.

Research Profiles

Find out more about some of the research taking place in the School of Microbiology


Ruth Massey

Inaugural Professorial Lecture. Professor R Massey, Microbiome & Health Sciences

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Jerry Reen

Biofilm & Chronic Disease. Dr F J Reen, Senior Lecturer

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Stephen Jackson

Marine Microbiology. Dr Stephen Jackson, Research Fellow

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Further information on Academic Staff Research Interests and Expertise can be accesed HERE


School of Microbiology staff have been consistently successful over the last decade in competing for research funding from a range of sources (e.g. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Enterprise Ireland (EI), Department of Agriculture & Food (DAF), The Health Research Board (HRB), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EU, and Industry). Research income has averaged approximately €8 million per annum over the past six years. A key driver for the success of the school is the network of collaborations within the school, within the University, within Ireland, and with other labs throughout the EU and the US. These have played a very important part in making the school’s research programmes internationally competitive. The collaborations are either formal (e.g. such as through research centres like the ERI, APC Microbiome Ireland, Tyndall Institute, Moorepark Food Research Centre, or through EU transnational programmes) or informal. They provide opportunities for a more dynamic approach to research, they fuel innovation, and they provide the opportunity for graduate students and research scientists to work in an environment with new and different stimuli.


Links to our Main Collaborating Research Institutes, Centres and Projects

APC Microbiome Institute

Environmental Research Centre (ERI)

Moorepark Food Research Centre

The Centre for Sustainable Fermentation and Bioprocessing Systems for Food and the Bioeconomy SUSFERM 

Tyndall National Institute



School of Microbiology

Scoil na Micribhitheolaíochta

Microbiology Office, Room FSB452, 4th Floor Food Science & Technology Building, University College Cork, Cork T12 Y337