Paul Ross

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Paul Ross – DIRECTOR


Contact details: E-mail: p.ross@ucc.ieTel: +353 21 4901322


1984      BSc Biochemistry & Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork

1999     PhD Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Cork

2009     DSc, National University of Ireland, Cork

Career profile:

Paul Ross is Director of APC Microbiome Ireland.  Prior to this, Paul was Deputy Director of APC (since 2016) and was Head of College of Science Engineering & Food Science at UCC.    Before that he was Head of Food Research at Teagasc and  Adjunct Professor at UCC.

Paul  graduated from UCC with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Microbiology, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Following postdoctoral research and an Assistant Professorship at Wake Forest University, NC, he moved to Teagasc’s Moorepark Food Research Centre to lead the Food Biotechnology programme, which encompassed aspects ranging from gut flora to novel antimicrobials, including bacteriocins and bacteriophage.

Paul is also a Principal Investigator in the APC’s Microbes to Molecules Research Spoke and the Food Health Ireland research centre. Paul was awarded a D.Sc. in 2009 based on published work and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.  He received the William C. Haines Dairy Science in 2007 and the Enterprise Ireland Commercialization award in 2008. he was designated a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics 2017, 2018.

Research interests:

Food and Health Research particularly:

  • Antimicrobials and anti-infectives (applied and fundamental aspects)
  • Gut flora and gut health (how food programmes – human health – including probiotics)
  • Bacteriophage (phage therapy and phage hardening)
  • Human, animal and gut pathogens

Author on over 400 peer-reviewed papers in addition to sixteen Patents.  Investigator or Co-investigator on grants totalling more than €100 million since 1994.  Graduate supervisor of 55 completed Ph.D’s and 21 M.Sc’s.


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