Colin Hill – Principal Investigator
Contact details: E-mail: email@example.com; tel + 353 21 4901373
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
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, 2010 and 2015). He is also a Principal Investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland. 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 550 peer-reviewed papers and holds 20 patents in this area (ISI H factor of 80, Google H factor of 104). 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 served as President of ISAPP (International Scientific Association for Prebiotics and Probiotics) from 2012 to 2015.
Professional activities: Please see: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/D010/chill