Paul Cotter

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Paul Cotter – Principal Investigator

Contact details:
Tel: +353 25 42694
Twitter: @pauldcotter


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

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

2018                                   FETAC Certificate “Management Development Programme”.

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, and more recently a Senior Principal Research Officer, at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, where he also manages the APC DNA sequencing platform. Paul is now Head of Department, Food Biosciences at Teagasc.  Research Interests:

Paul is a molecular microbiologist, with research in his lab focusing particularly 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.


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Professional Activities/Achievements:

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, ’17 and ‘18) and Commercial Laboratory of the Year in ’17.  He is co-section head (Applied Microbiology) of Faculty of 1000 (Biology).

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

Author of >260 peer-reviewed publications (and multiple patents)

>16,000 citations

H- index = 64 (Google scholar)

(Co)supervisor of 22 completed PhD and 10 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. Paul is also a PI within the SFI Centre, VistaMilk, and the Enterprise Ireland (and industry) funded, Food for Health Ireland (FHI) project. He also co-ordinates the €11Mill EU H2020 Project, MASTER.

Paul has been a member of the editorial boards of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, mSystems, PLoS One, BMC Microbiology, F1000 Reports and Proteins & Antimicrobial Peptides and he is the Microbiology Editor of the Elsevier Major Reference Works – Reference Modules in Life Sciences.