Dr Maria de Sousa Gallagher
Dr Maria de Sousa Gallagher
Dr Maria de Sousa Gallagher BE MSc PhD
Position: Senior Lecturer
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Dr. Sousa-Gallagher is Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator in Process & Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, SEFS at University College Cork (UCC).
She has a BEng degree in Food/ Chemical Engineering (1990) and a PhD in Biotechnology/Food Processing Engineering (1998) from College of Biotechnology, Catholic University of Portugal, MSc in Food Science & Technology (1993) and Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2008) from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Food Science, Technology and Nutrition, UCC (1998-2001), with concurrent international and national projects in the area of biochemistry of dairy products and published extensively in these fields.
Currently her research interests encompass 3 major strategic areas:
i) Quality by Design for pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical, food/biochemical systems,
ii) Risktools and engineering aspects in food distribution,
iii) Integrative mathematical modelling of processing systems;
Processing Technologies & Novel Materials:
i) Engineering packaging design & optimisation, i.e., packaging properties needs for respiring and non-respiring products, packaging design and validation,
ii) Quality and shelf-life estimation;
Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies:
i) Novel and efficient recycling process for composite material (tyre, printed circuit board, plastics, etc) combining pyrolysis with sink-float separation,
ii) Sustainable biobased film packaging development from food waste resources.
She has been involved in national (FIRM, EI, PC, C+) and European programmes (FP7, CRAFT, INCO, ALFA, FAIR, AAIR) at a fundamental and applied level. Her work involved collaborative innovative projects with several International companies and Irish industry, and development of web based software Pack-in-MAP® (www.pack-in-MAP.com).
She currently teaches six undergraduate modules of the BE Process & Chemical Engineering, and two with direct supervisory involvement (Work Placement & Research Project). Director of Masters and PG Diploma in Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering, leading Part 2 (Minor Research Thesis), module coordinator/Lecturer. She lectures also on the MSc Biotechnology.
She has a very strong scientific publication record with high impact factor (ISI, 2747 citations, h-factor 23, in food science/ technology/ engineering), comprising >200 publications, i.e., 75 peer-reviewed papers, 14 book chapters, >130 presentations, 6 plenary and several invited presentations. Supervised 11 PhDs (7 co-supervised), 43 MEngSc (5 co-supervised), >50 Final Year Research Projects (2007-2016).