Catherine Stanton APEX

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Catherine Stanton

1983 BSc (2.1H) Nutrition/Food Chemistry, University College Cork

1986 MSc Nutrition, University College Cork

1988 PhD Biochemistry, Bournemouth University, UK

2009 DSc National University of Ireland


Career profile:
Catherine graduated from UCC with B.Sc and M.Sc. degrees in Nutrition and Food Chemistry, and Ph.D in Biochemistry from Bournemouth University, UK. She continued her research with Johnson & Johnson UK, and as postdoctoral fellow in Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University Medical Center NC, USA before joining Teagasc Moorepark in 1994. She has since developed a research programme on functional foods, with emphasis on the molecular analysis of food components that impact on human nutrition and health. Catherine is currently Principal Research Officer at Teagasc and a Principal Investigator in the APC’s Microbial Metabolites core and in the Food Health Ireland research centre. She has published over 100 papers and has been awarded a D.Sc. She was appointed Adjunct Professor, College of Medicine and Health, Department of Psychiatry, UCC in 2012 and more recently a Research Professor at UCC.

Research interests:
Nutritional aspects of dairy foods, functional foods,
Probiotic cultures: health benefits, bioactive metabolite production and host health
Infant gut microbiota: Influence of Dietary and Environmental Factors
Probiotics: technological aspects, development of functional foods,
Bioactive lipids: Microbial production of bioactive FA, CLAs, SCFA, n-3 FA, lipids and health benefits
Bioactive peptides

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Professional activities:

Patents Filed/Granted

Probiotic Composition Suitable for Animals. W02006114778 (2005)
Conjugated linoleic acid isomerase and a process for the production of conjugated linoleic acid WO2002101056 (2001)
Process for the manufacture of probiotic cheese. WO1999062348 (1998)
Process for the production of trans-10 Cis 12 octadecadienoic acid. WO2007074010 (2005)
Casein-derived antimicrobial peptides and lactobacillus strains that produce them. WO2007057872 (2005)
Angiotensin-I-Converting Enzyme Inhibitory. W02007096855 (2006)
Antimicrobial Peptides and Bacterial Strains that produce them. US 20090214498 (2007)
Modulation of tissue fatty acid composition of a host by human gut bacteria W02009043856 (2007)
GABA-producing culturable bacteria derived from the human gastrointestinal tract. 4 (2012)
Exopolysaccharide-producing bacteria, and uses thereof for protecting heart health. PCT Application number PCT/EP2013/068119

Alimentary Health Ltd (for W02009043856)

ELIE METCHKNOFF 2010 Award jointly with Paul Ross, Colin Hill, Gerald Fitzgerald for research on the application of Lactic Acid Bacteria in fermented dairy products to improve health

APC Scientist of the Year 2011

UCC Research COMMERCIALISATION Award, 27th March, 2012

Professional Memberships:

Member (and Rapporteur) of Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Evaluation of Health and Nutritional Properties of Probiotics in Food, Córdoba, Argentina, 1-4 October 2001.

Member (and Rapporteur) of Working Group convened by FAO/WHO to develop Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2002, and /IDF/ISO (2004-2006)

Member of Utrecht Group (Dairy Nutrition) Dutch Dairy Foundation since 1997

Member of Steering Group on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (Forfas), 2002

Member (and Facilitator) of European Technology Platform (ETP) WG Food Quality & Manufacturing Working Group (2005-2013)

Member of TEAGASC FORESIGHT 2030 Working Group (2007/2008)

Member ILSI Expert Group on Beneficial Aspects of Food Processing (2008-2010)

Member IDF Standing Committee Nutrition and Health (1998-date)

Member Agropolis Fondation Science Council, France (2011-date)

Member American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Member American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS)

Current Research Funding:

Agency Title Start-end year Total grant value €

PI value €
SFI/MNJ COMBINE (/INFANT/APC) JULY 2015-2019 4.2M 828,432
SFI APC1/APC2/APC3 2003-08; 2008-2013; 2013-2018 €50M 1.8M
EU FP7 FIBEBIOTICS: Dietary Fibers supporting Gut and Immune Function: (REF: 289517) 2012-2016 5,974,556 194,063
EU FP7 CFMATTERS (No. 603038) 2013-2016 5,999M 380,000
EUFP7 MYNEWGUT 2013-2018
DAFF INFANTMET (10/RD/INFANTMET/MFRC/705) 2011-2015 398,858 218,000
EI MUCOL: Heart friendly probiotic 2013-2017 403006 330,754
DAFM SMART FOOD: Science Based ‘Intelligent’/Functional and Medical Foods for Optimum Brain Health 2013-2017 599,921 255,880
DAFM TODDLERFOOD: Food solutions for replenishing disrupted microbiota in toddlers 2014-2018 597,246 313,899
DAFM PREMARA: Prebiotics from seaweeds 2014-2018 601,078 268, 202

Contact details: E-mail:; Tel: +353 25 42606