Paul Cotter

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Paul Cotter – Funded Investigator


Contact details:
Tel: +353 25 42694




1996                            B.Sc (1H) Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork

2001                            Ph.D, Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork

Career profile:

Paul graduated from UCC with a BSc and PhD in Microbiology and lectured at CIT and UCC before being appointed as a Principal Research Officer at Teagasc, Moorepark Food Research Centre where he also manages the APC DNA sequencing platform. Paul is now Head of Department, Food Biosciences at Teagasc Food Research Centre.  His research focuses on the microbiology of (i) food (especially fermented and other dairy foods), (ii) food processing and production environments and (iii) the gastrointestinal tract with a view to maintaining/establishing a healthy gut microbiota through dietary interventions (especially in athletes).  Paul is also experienced in the investigation of food-grade antimicrobial peptides (‘bacteriocins’), which can be employed to enhance food safety and improve human and animal health, and in research of stress resistance and virulence factors employed by health-benefiting as well as disease-causing bacteria. Paul was the recipient of the SfAM W.H. Pierce prize in 2008 and named a joint ESCMID-FEMS Research Fellow and ESCMID Research Fellow in 2007. His laboratory have been awarded the title of Irish Food Laboratory of the Year on three occasions (’13, ‘16 and ’17) and Commercial Laboratory of the Year in ’17.  He was appointed to Faculty of 1000 (Biology) in 2006 and is also an SFI Principal Investigator.

Research Interests:

Dr Paul Cotter is a molecular microbiologist, with research in his lab focusing particularly on the microbiology of food, the food chain and of the human/animal gut (and its role in health and disease in humans and animals) as well as antimicrobial peptides/bacteriocins.


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Professional Activities/Achievements:

Dr Cotter’s laboratory was awarded the title of Irish Food/Agriculture Laboratory of the Year 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Recipient of awards from the Society for Applied Microbiology, ESCMID, FEMS, Teagasc and the APC

Appointed faculty member of Faculty of 1000 (Biology) since 2006

Author of >230 peer-reviewed publications (and multiple patents),

H- index = 55 (Google scholar)

(Co)supervisor of 19 completed PhD and 8 completed MSc theses

Research funded by the EU, Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland, the Irish Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology

Member of the editorial boards of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, mSystems, PLoS One, BMC Microbiology, F1000 Reports and Proteins & Antimicrobial Peptides