Colin Hill

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Colin Hill – Principal investigator

 

Contact details:   E-mail: c.hill@ucc.ie; tel + 353 21 4901373

 

Education:

1982           BSc Biochemistry, National University of Ireland , Cork

1984           MSc Biotechnology, National University of Ireland, Cork

1988           PhD  Microbiology. National University of Ireland, Cork

2005           Doctor of Science, National University of Ireland, Cork

Career Profile:

Colin Hill has a Ph.D in molecular microbiology and is Professor of Microbial Food Safety in the School of Microbiology at University College Cork, Ireland. He has been an SFI Principal Investigator since 2002 (renewed in 2006 and 2010). He is also a Principal Investigator in the APC Microbiome Institute. His main interests are in infectious disease, particularly in defining the mechanisms of virulence of foodborne pathogens and in developing strategies to prevent and limit the consequences of microbial infections in the gastrointestinal tract. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and holds 13 patents in this area (ISI H factor of 61, Google H factor of 78). In 2005 Prof. Hill was awarded a D.Sc by the National University of Ireland in recognition of his contributions to research.  In 2009 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest honour for an Irish academic.  In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology and together with his colleagues Prof. Gerald Fitzgerald, Prof. Paul Ross and Dr Catherine Stanton he was awarded the Metchnikoff Prize in Microbiology.  He has been President of ISAPP (International Scientific Association for Prebiotics and Probiotics) since 2012.

Research interests and expertise:

Molecular Microbiology, particularly in issues involving infection.  Bacteriophages, Bacteriocins (applied and fundamental aspects), Pharmabiotics (bioactives in gut health), Clostridium difficile, antibiotic resistant pathogens.  Our main interests are in infectious disease, particularly in defining the mechanisms of virulence of foodborne pathogens and in developing strategies to prevent and limit the consequences of microbial infections in the gastrointestinal tract. We are also interested in the role of bacteriocins and bacteriophages as agents to limit the growth of bacteria in food or in the human gut.

Publications:

For a complete list of publications see

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-5611-2012

Professional activities:

Please see: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D010/chill