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Paul Cotter

Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland P61 C996



Dr Paul Cotter is Principal Research Officer at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. He is a molecular microbiologist, with researchers in his lab focussing particularly on antimicrobial peptides (especially bacteriocins) and the microbiology of the gut (and its role in health and disease) and of food (especially of fermented foods and of the dairy food chain). Dr Cotter also manages the Teagasc DNA sequencing facility, is a Principal Investigator within the APC Microbiome Institute and is an adjunct lecturer at Cork Institute of Technology.

His Research team, Vision I, have twice been awarded the title of Irish Food Research Lab of the Year.

Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application:

  • Bacteriocins (isolation, engineering and application)
  • Food microbiota (fermented foods, microbiota of the food production and food processing chains)
  • Gut microbiota (of athletes and obesity vs. lean populations)

Paul has supervised or co-supervised 18 completed PhD and 8 completed MSc theses. He currently is (co)supervisor/mentor of 7 Post-docs/research fellows, 2 technicians (Laura Finnegan, Elaine Lawton) and 11 PhD students and 2 MSc students (Anna Pietrzyk and Chloe Matthews).

Past mentor of 1 MSCA Fellow and 2 SFI SIRG Fellows.