Roy Sleator

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Roy Sleator – Funded Investigator


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1997     BSc in Microbiology, University College Cork

2001     PhD in Microbiology, University College Cork

2009     PG Cert Bioinformatics, University of Manchester

2010     MA Education, University College Cork

Career profile:

Roy is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research in Advanced Therapeutic Engineering (CREATE) at Cork Institute of Technology. Roy graduated from UCC with a BSc (1H) in Microbiology, an MA (1H) in Education, a PhD in Molecular Biology and holds a PG Cert in Bioinformatics from the University of Manchester. In 2006 Roy was awarded the Society for Applied Microbiology’s WH Pierce Prize and was the recipient of the prestigious European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) research fellowship in 2004 (joint ESCMID-FEMS), and again in 2010 and 2011. Roy is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Bioengineered, published by Taylor and Francis. A Principal Investigator in the APC’s Microbes to Molecules Spoke, Roy has an interest in the design of improved probiotic strains by rational genetic manipulation.


Dr Sleator’s research is focused on the identification, characterisation and control of new and emerging pathogens, with a particular focus on:
Campylobacter ureolyticus
Acinetobacter baumannii
Cronobacter sakazakii
Clostridium difficile

The Sleator lab, which won Pharmaceutical Lab of the Year 2014 at the Irish Laboratory Awards, has received funding from

  • Safefood
  • FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP
  • The Health Research Board (HRB)
  • Enterprise Ireland (EI)
  • The Department of Agriculture
  • Teagasc
  • The Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
  • The Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • The Society for Applied Microbiology
  • The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Dr Sleator has authored over 125 peer reviewed papers (see Pubmed), and has an H-index of 33 (as of Oct. 2015).

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