Dr Irene R Grant


Main interest is Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, its heat resistance, presence in milk and dairy products, and methods to detect and enumerate in bovine milk and faeces. Research includes work on Mycobacterium bovis, the cause of bovine tuberculosis, and other foodborne pathogens.Main focus is ondeveloping improved methods to detect the above, principally by generation of novel pathogen-specific binders (antibodies and phage-display derived peptide binders) to be evaluated for application in magnetic separation, ELISA, lateral flow devices, or other biosensor platforms.

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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 BSc degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology, Food Microbiology or Microbial Biochemistry.  Please refer to my publications for clarification and inspiration. 

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Research Students

Name: QiQi He

Phd Title: Assessing the antimicrobial action of traditional Chinese herbs on pathogenic foodborne bacteria in a bid to identify potential alternatives to traditional antibiotics

Alumni: Where are they now? 

Dr Lorna M. O’Brien – Post-doc, University College Dublin/Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Republic of Ireland

Dr Antonio C.G. Foddai – Post-doc, Queen’s University Belfast

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