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Pilar Marcos Lázaro

Project Title: The foodborne emergence and epidemiology of Clostridium difficile in Ireland 

Overview: I am from Spain and I hold a BSc Degree in Food Science and Technology and a MSc in Food Quality, Safety and Technology from the University of Zaragoza. After finishing my studies, I decided to pursue my long-time dream of becoming a researcher and doing a PhD was the most suitable path for me. I always found Food Microbiology interesting and Teagasc gave me the opportunity to know more about it, to learn from remarkable professionals and to grow as an individual.

My PhD focuses on the study of the prevalence and epidemiology of Clostridium difficile in farms as well as in the food chain. My research will also provide key data on spore germination and outgrowth of C.difficile in different foods. The ultimate goal of my project is to show evidence of the foodborne transmission of this pathogen, which is causing outbreaks all over the world.

Programme Area: Food Safety

Supervisors: Declan Bolton and Paul Whyte

Location: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15

Funding Source: DAFM