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APC Associated Faculty – Dr John Morrissey 

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John Morrissey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Microbiology, UCC.  He has a BSc in Microbiology from UCC and a PhD from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. He completed his post-doctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, and the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich, UK. He took up research and teaching positions at University College Cork and since 2003 has led his own research group working on microbial ecology and yeast biotechnology. He is a member of the editorial board of FEMS Yeast Research, represents Ireland on the International Commission for Yeasts (ICY), and is chair (2016-2017) of the Eukaryotic Division of the Microbiology Society.

The major focus of John’s research is the application of yeasts in food and industrial biotechnology. This spans the range from improving fundamental understanding of metabolism, gene regulation and stress tolerance to selecting and engineering strains for specific biotechnological applications. John’s research group is supported by EU and other grants and he partakes in a wide range of collaborations with partners in the EU, Brazil and Japan.