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Kaye (Catherine M) Burgess

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland D15 KN3K



The objective of the Teagasc Food Safety Department is to provide the science to underpin a total chain, risk based approach to food safety, focusing on microbial and chemical contaminants in the ‘farm to fork’ food chain. The microbiology programme addresses key food bacterial pathogens along the complete chain. Our research uses microbiological, genomic, proteomic and mathematical modelling tools to address issues including pathogen transmission and tracking in the food chain, pathogen behaviour and survival in the food chain, including adaptation to stresses they encounter. A focus is also placed on the development of novel control measures.

Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application:

  • Evaluation and minimisation of biofilm formation by foodborne pathogens
  • Transcriptomic response of foodborne pathogens to stresses encountered in the food chain

I have significant experience in supervising and mentoring both postdoctoral and technical staff and postgraduate students to successful completion of MScs and PhDs. I currently supervise three PhD students and one technician and co-supervise two additional PhD students.