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Project title: Investigating the role of heavy metals in the environment as a selective pressure for the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance

Overview: Elena is a PhD researcher and her project is being undertaken at Teagasc Food Research Centre Ashtown, in collaboration with National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Norway, as part of the One Health European Joint Programme.

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats facing human health globally. In order to tackle the issue effectively a One Health approach is advocated, recognising that human health is also linked to the health of animals and the environment. The focus of Elena’s project is to examine the potential impact heavy metals in the natural environment may have as a selective pressure on antimicrobial resistance development and dissemination, especially into the food chain.

Elena graduated with a Masters in Food Safety and Quality from University of Pisa and through her internship at Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Lazio e Toscana, in Italy, she gained a deep interest in food microbiology.

Main research topics include:

  • Heavy metals
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Agri-food Environment

Programmae area: Food Programme

Supervisors: Dr Kaye Burgess, Prof Dearbháile Morris 

Location: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin

Fundig source: One Health European Joint Programme, Teagasc