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Research programmes at Teagasc

Contact Research Leaders 2025 Management Team: researchleaders2025@teagasc.ie

List of Teagasc researchers interested in becoming a Primary Supervisor

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Crops, Environment and Land-Use Programme

Crops Research Department, Environment, Soils and Land-Use Department, Horticulture Development Department, Forest Development Department

Name & Contact DetailsDepartmentResearch areas of interestExperience of Mentoring & Supervision

Daire Ó hUallacháin

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecology;
Sediment dynamics;
Sustainable Agriculture; Agri-environment schemes
High Nature Value farming systems

Research area of interest for application:

  • Deign and evaluation of agri-environment schemes and measures
  • Impact of sediment on freshwater ecosystems

Dr. Ó hUallacháin is an experienced supervisor of PhD and postdoctoral researchers. He has previously supervised several postdoctoral fellows, along with PhD and MSc students. Currently his research team consists of 3 postdocs and 7 PhD students.

Dan Milbourne

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Potato Breeding Programme

Crops Research Department

Molecular genetics, Genome-wide association studies, Plant breeding, genotyping, phenotyping, bioinformatics, genomics, image analysis.

We are a breeding and genetics group developing genome-based approaches for application in a highly successful real world potato breeding programme. We specialise in disease resistance genetics, marker assisted selection, genomic selection, all with a specific focus on deploying research outcomes in a real world breeding scenario.

We’re looking for two possible types of candidate.

Firstly, we seek people with a background in computational biology/informatics/quantitative genetics, who are interested in exploiting next generation sequencing-based approaches for genomic prediction for key traits in potato breeding.

Alternatively, we’re seeking people with a background in image analysis who are interested in applying their expertise to high throughput, in-field phenotyping of potato crops.

Dr. Milbourne has supervised/co-supervised 14 PhD students, and several technicians and postdoctoral scientists – including one current MSCA Fellow. I work with colleagues with expertise in plant breeding and bioinformatics who will also contribute to the mentorship of the fellow.

David Wall

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Soil & Soil Fertility

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Nutrient cycling, soil fertility, grassland, crops, nutrient management, soil quality.

My research team investigates nutrient cycling in soils and agricultural systems. Our group integrates nutrient processes in soils, grassland and crop nutrient uptake and recovery, and environmental losses from agricultural soils. Currently we are focusing on pH and liming and N, P and K cycling in soil and methods to enhance agricultural production while increasing environmental and economic sustainability through the adoption of more efficient nutrient management practices and soil specific advice. The team is also investigating indicators of soil quality and frameworks for adopting improved functional land management practices within agricultural landscapes

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Improved understanding of nutrient fate within agricultural systems and methods to increase nutrient use efficiency
  • Development of new assessment methods and indicators of soil quality
  • Models and tools to improve agricultural sustainability and functional land management practices
  • Biogeochemical nutrient cycling, including heavy metals, in agricultural soils and farming systems

Dr David Wall has supervised 6 PhD and 2 MSc students to completion. Currently his research team consists of 2 postdocs, 2 technicians and 5 PhD students.

Denis Griffin

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Crop Research Department

Potato Breeding, Adaptation, Disease resistance, Markers 

Breeding new potato varieties with enhanced disease and pest resistance  for global markets. Particular emphasis on varieties with processing ability and adaptation to diverse agroecologies. Understanding the components of  genotype by environment interactions. Development and deployment of markers and genomic strategies to make the Potato breeding process more efficient. Introrgression of new disease resistance to potato varieties. Uptake of heavy metals in crops.

Dr Griffin has supervised or co supervised one MSC and 8 PhD students to completion and has a further 5 due to complete in the next few years. In addition he has supervised seven post-doctoral level scientists.

Dominika Krol

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Greenhouse gases, Fertilization, Manure management

Dr Krol’s research team investigates gaseous emissions (greenhouse gases and ammonia) associated with application of various materials with nitrogen fertilising value such as synthetic, organic, bio-based fertilisers or waste products to agricultural soils and mitigation options for reducing gaseous losses from these sources. In particular, we work on mitigating gaseous losses from manure management chain.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Gaseous losses associated with application of various forms of nitrogen fertiliser to soils
  • Optimisation of manure management chain to reduce gaseous losses through engineering, physical, chemical and microbial technologies
  • Optimisation of grass-fed anaerobic digestion systems, through growing feedstock to utilisation of resultant digestate

Dr. Krol is currently supervising 5 PhD students as well as working closely with two postdoctoral researchers and a technician. She supervised ten undergraduate and postgraduate placement students and helped supervise two PhD students in the past.

Ewen Mullins

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Crop Research Department

Crop Breeding, Disease Resistance, Novel Technologies

My group is focussed on the development and application of novel breeding technologies to address the urgent need to increase a/biotic stress resilience in crop varieties. Our current work is aimed at barley and wheat, having completed previous studies on potato. Our goal is to deploy novel strategies with the promise to rapidly generate varieties that can assist farmers in meeting the issues of increased environmental and legislative challenges.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Generating novel germplasm with the ability to resist single/multiple stresses arising from predicted climate change patterns.

Dr. Mullins has supervised 12 x PhD and         2 x MSc candidates to completion, 8 x post-docs to date.

Fiona Brennan

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Soil Microbiology

Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Soil microbiome, Plant-soil-microbial interactions, Greenhouse gases, Nutrient cycling, Enteric pathogens.

The soil and environmental microbiology research team investigate the composition and function of the soil microbiome in agronomic systems, and how this knowledge can be used to inform agricultural management strategies. We’re using new technologies to identify the microbes and pathways that underpin functions related to productivity, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration. In addition, we’re investigating the effect of management, environmental and edaphic factors on the soil and plant microbiome. We investigate the microbial communities responsible for the production of N20 (denitrifiers, nitrifiers) in soils and manures, with the aim of identifying regulators of each pathway and potential mitigation options. A key research focus of our group is on Plant-Soil-Microbial interactions and how they impact on soil fertility. We also study the prevalence, fate and transport of microbial enteropathogens and their indicators in the environment within soil, water, plants and organic amendments.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Linking microbially mediated soil organic matter turnover to nutrient availability in agricultural soils
  • The effect of management, environmental and edaphic factors on the soil microbiome
  • Microbial communities responsible for the production of N20 (denitrifiers, nitrifiers) in soils
  • Impact of Plant-Soil-Microbial interactions on soil fertility
  • Adaptation of E. coli to the soil environment
  • Enteric pathogens in crops for human consumption

Dr Brennan has supervised 3 PhD and 1 MSc students to completion. Currently her research team consists of a technologist, a technician, 2 postdoctoral researchers, 7 PhD students and a masters student.

Gary Lanigan

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

CN cycling, greenhouse gas mitigation, sequestration, isotope tracing.

The area of research I am focused on is quantifying and drawing up mitigation strategies for gaseous emissions associated with agricultural practices. These emissions include the major greenhouse gases; carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, as well as non-greenhouse emissions, such as ammonia. In particular, I am interested in looking at the effects of changes in land management and/or land use on nitrous oxide, carbon and ammonia fluxes. Particular interests are the use of stable isotopes to characterise C and N cycling in ecosystems and eddy covariance techniques to quantify field-scale fluxes.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Tracing carbon and nitrogen flows through agro-ecosystems – understanding the impact of future climate change on biogeochemical cycling
  • Designing low GHG farming systems
  • Enhancing carbon sequestration across various land-uses
  • Reducing N2O and ammonia emissions from livestock and/or tillage systems
  • Use of micromet techniques to assess GHG emissions and ecosystem C balance

Prof. Lanigan has supervised 10 PhD and 2 MSc students to completion and 5 postdocs. Currently his research team consists of 1 postdoc, 1 technician and 7 PhD students.

Helen Grogan

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Horticulture Development Department

Mushroom science, mushroom virus, Pseudomonas  tolaasii, mushroom pathology, compost utilisation, bioinformatics

Dr. Grogan’s mushroom research team are currently  involved in a range of nationally-funded projects covering: bioinformatic analysis of genes involved in compost utilisation (AgGenes), response of Agaricus strains to virus infection (Agaricus Genomics), characterisation of lignocellulose degradation in mushroom compost (Lignocellulose) and microbial safety of mushrooms (SafeMush).  In addition, the team works closely with industry and provides laboratory diagnostic support to elucidate production problems where needed.  Dr. Grogan co-ordinated and project managed an EU FP7 project (MushTV - 286836) in collaboration with 17 European mushroom industry and research partners.  

Research area of interest for application:

We are interested in using state of the art microbiology, molecular and bioinformatic technologies to advance our understanding of mushroom science, especially in areas of compost utilisation, compost and casing microbiomes and pathology.  Epidemiological studies and phylogenetic analysis in the area of all mushroom pathogens are of interest including mushroom viruses,  mushroom-associated Trichoderma species, Cobweb-associated Cladobotryum species,  bacterial blotch associated Pseudomonas species. Teagasc has a state of the art mushroom growing unit at the Ashtown campus.

Dr. Grogan has supervised nine PhD students and one MSc. Student to successful completion across a range of mushroom projects as well as several technical staff and contract researchers.   Currently she mentors  1 Post Doc, 4 PhD students, 1 Technologist, 1 Industry advisor and 1 Mushroom Unit Manager.  

Ian Short

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Forestry Development Department

Silviculture, agroforestry 

Research area of interest for application:

  • broadleaf silviculture;
  • alternative silvicultural systems (continuous cover forestry; agroforestry; remedial silviculture; underplanting);
  • farm-forestry;
  • end-uses of small-diameter hardwoods

 

Dr Ian Short has supervised 1 Ph.D. and one M.Sc. to completion. Currently supervising 2 Ph.D.s and 1 M.Sc. commencing imminently

John Finn

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Multi-species mixtures, grassland diversity, biodiversity, sustainability accreditation, high nature value farmland, ecosystem services

Research area of interest for application:

  • Measurement of ecosystem service provision from manipulations of diversity in multi-species grassland mixtures.
  • Responses of interest include yield, forage quality, resistance to weed invasions, resistance to extreme weather events, resource use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Finn is an experienced supervisor of PhD and postdoctoral researchers. He has previously supervised two Marie Curie fellows, several postdoctoral fellows, and multiple PhD fellowships. He is Postgraduate Director of Agri-Food Graduate Development Programme.

Karen Daly

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Soil spectroscopy, chemometrics, modelling, portable spectroscopy.

Teagasc’s programme of research on soil and crop sensing is currently developing new technologies that will underpin the competitiveness of Irish agriculture. This research is focussing on the application of spectroscopy and chemometrics for the non-destructive analysis of agricultural soils, crops and sediments. The research group consists of 3 Ph.D. students with laboratory research support provided by a permanent technologist. This programme of research is resourced with bench-top and portable spectroscopic instrument that includes near and mid infra-red spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Aligned with Teagasc Technology Foresight 2035 strategy this programme is progressing new methods and applications in spectroscopy for the agri-food sector.

Research areas of interest for application: Environmental and Geosciences (ENV):

  • V2 - Earth system science (Environmental chemistry)
  • V4 - Food Science, Agriculture, Forestry and Non-Medical Biotechnology

Dr. Daly has a track record in project management and people management; and an excellent record of securing funding for new work and managing the work packages, budget and staff on multiple research projects. She currently has 6 post-graduate students and is also co-supervisor to 2 post-doctoral researchers. She previously supervised 3 PhD and 1 MSc student to completion and supervised 5 contract researchers/post-doctoral scientists.

Karl Richards

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Environmental contaminants, soil, water, nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, leaching, pathogens.

My research team investigates the source and transport of contaminants to water and air within agricultural landscapes. Our group integrates soil processes with environmental emissions to water and air from agricultural soils. Currently we are focusing on nitrogen cycling in soil and methods to enhance sustainability through mitigation of nitrous oxide emissions to the atmosphere and nitrate leaching to water. The team is also investigating pathogen survival in soil/water and emerging contaminants in groundwater.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Improved understanding of controls to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture
  • Methods to reduce contaminant transport to water
  • Improving the grassland nitrogen cycle

Dr Richards has supervised 15 PhD and 3 MSc students to completion and 7 postdocs. Currently his research team consists of 2 postdocs and 8 PhD students.

Louise McNamara

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Crops Research Department

Entomology, Integrated pest management, Biocontrol, Insecticide resistance.

My research interests are integrated pest management of insect pests with a focus on arable crops. This encompasses best use of insecticides, insecticide resistance, biological pest control, cultural control and promotion of biodiversity in an arable farm landscape to enhance ecosystem services. Current research includes; 1. control of the grain aphid, Sitobion avenae, in light of insecticide resistance 2. role of Ecological Focus Areas for promotion of natural enemy populations 3. Leatherjacket biocontrol, 4. Integrated pest Management of Pine Weevil

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Integrated pest management (pests of arable crops)
  • Insecticide resistance
  • Biological pest control

Dr McNamara is currently (co)supervising 1 Post doc, 2 PhD students and 1 technician

Michael Gaffney

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Horticulture Development Department

Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Insect resistance, Horticultural Crop Quality and Saftey,  Horticultural Technologies, Compost Science, Protected Crops & Horticulture

Dr. Gafney's team conducts multi-disciplinary research to support the Horticultural and tillage sectors in Ireland. We have a primary focus on Entomology and Integrated Pest Management, working mostly on issues to do with the control of invasive species, new crop pests and insecticide resistance. I am interested in the development of non-chemical control strategies for crop pests and have experience in conducting research on entomopathogenic nematodes, entomopathengic fungi, low impact bio-pesticides and crop stimulants. We also collaborate heavily to address issues in the area of crop safety and crop quality. We recently opened a new 11 compartment research glasshouse which is suitable for the testing and development of new crop production technologies, particulary focused on high value food crops.  

Dr Gaffney has supervised/co-supervised 5 PhD students and 6 MSc students to successful completion as well as numerous technicians and Post Docs. Currently my group consists of 1 Post Doc, 2 Technicians, 5 Phds and 1 MSc student. His group works very closely with the horticultural and tillage sectors in Ireland delivering applied research and a scientific basis for new crop production startegies. Our funding is derived from many sources, including national, industry and H2020.

Niall Farrelly

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Forest Development Department

Forest Management and Forest Genetics

Research area of interest for application:

  • Forest genetics
  • Forest growth and yield

Dr. Farrelly has supervised 3x PhD student and 3x Masters Student and contract Research officers.

 

Owen Fenton

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Nitrogen, land drainage, Soil, Hydrology, Hydrogeology.

My research team investigates the source, transformation and fate of nitrogen within agricultural landscapes. I am particularly interested in hydrological and biogeochemical time lags and characterisation of land drainage systems. Other research looks at engineered solution to remediate mixed pollutant losses from agricultural ditch networks.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Improved understanding of hydrological and biogeochemical time lags in agricultural catchments
  • Characterisation of land drainage systems using novel techniques
  • Engineered solutions for pollutant remediation

Prof. Fenton has supervised 15 PhD and 3 MSc students to completion and 2 postdocs. Currently he is involved in both Marie Curie ITN and H2020 projects.

Patrick Forrestal

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Soil fertility, Nutrients (N, S, K), Fertilisers, Ammonia emissions, Manures.

My research interest focuses on bringing new understanding of plant, soil, and nutrient interactions to bear in developing strategies and solutions which optimize agricultural productivity and limit potential for negative environmental impacts.

Recent focus includes execution of a multi-site inter-agency collaborative research project focused on gaseous nitrogen (N) emissions, N dynamics and agronomy in intensively managed grassland and arable agro-ecosystems.

Future work will include a focus on potassium and sulphur nutrition along with efficiency of recycled residues and animal manures along with gaseous N losses from manures and fertilisers.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Nitrogen cycling
  • Potassium
  • Sulphur
  • Nutrient recycling from residues and animal manures

Dr Forrestal has supervised 2 PhD and 1 MSc students to completion.

Per-Erik Mellander

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Environment, Soils & Land Use Department

Water quality, Climate, Agriculture, Nutrients, pesticides, Critical source areas.

The team consists of a catchment scientist, soil scientist, hydro-chemist, socio-economist, economic modeller, technicians, data manager and advisors. The research group, have been working with 300 farmers across six ca 10km2 catchments in Ireland. The team is developing science-based solutions for Ireland's water quality challenges.

Research area of interest for application:

  • In-stream processes of nitrogen and phosphorus
  • Temporal and spatial N, P and C transfer to waters

Dr. Mellander is supervisor/co-supervisor of 4 completed PhD’s and 6 on-going PhD’s. Currently he is supervising 1 Post-Doc researcher and managing 5 Research Officers.

 

Richie Hackett

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Crops Research Department

Agronomy, Crop nutrition, Sensors, Precision agriculture

Research area of interest for application: Any project involving applied field based research in the area of crop agronomy is of interest.  Research projects on the use of proximal or remote sensors to monitor crops and/or guide external inputs to crops are of particular interest. Projects that examine the potential of crop simulation models, either alone or in combination with real-time crop data, are also of interest. Projects which focus on methods of improving use efficiency of fertiliser inputs, particularly nitrogen, to arable crops are of particular relevance.

Dr. Hackett has supervised a number of doctoral students in the area of crop agronomy to successfully complete their studies.

 

Stephen Byrne

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Crops Research Department

Computational biology, Comparative genomics, Pan-genome, Genome assembly

We are interested in using genomic information to support plant breeding programmes.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Study the genomes of species within the Festuca/Lolium complex to support biological discovery and plant breeding.  

Dr. Byrne has supervised/co-supervised 4 PhD Students and several technicians and research assistants.

Steven Kildea

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Crops Research Department

Cereal Pathogens, Fungicide resistance, IPM, Pathogen evolution.

My research programme focuses on the development of sustainable disease control strategies for arable crops. To achieve these goals we investigate how different control strategies impact local pathogen populations and how we can potentially manipulate these to enhance control. As such our research is multi-disciplinary, spanning both the lab and the field. A major component of the research is the development and implementation fungicide anti-resistance strategies.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Monitoring the evolution of cereal pathogens to fungicides and varietal resistance
  • Development of IPM practises for cereal diseases
  • Optimisation of cereal disease control strategies

Dr. Kildea has co-supervised 2x PhD students and 2x Masters students and current research team consists of a technologist, 2x post-docs, 3x PhD students and 1x Masters student.

Susanne Barth

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Crops Research Department

Forages, Barley, Plant reproductivity traits, Cytoplasmic male sterility, Abiotic stress, Herbicide resistence

My research programme is focused on grass species and barley: perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne), Miscanthus spp.,Festulolium, Phalaris arundinacea, Dactylis glomerata and barley. I am interested in genetic resources (including in situ conservation strategies), reproductive traits (including self-incompatibility, flowering time and cytoplasmic male sterility, control of meiotic recombination), abiotic stresses in cultivated crop species and herbicide resistance in grass weeds.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Cytoplasmic male sterility in perennial ryegrass
  • Genome editing in perennial ryegrass towards reproductive traits or abiotic stress conditions
  • Association studies for abiotic stress conditions in barley and ryegrass
  • Herbicide resistance in grass weed populations

 Dr. Barth has supervised 3 contract researchers, 2 technicians and 14 PhD students in the past

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Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Programme

Animal & Bioscience Department, Animal & Grassland Department, Livestock Department, Pig Development Department

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Bernadette Earley

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Animal health; animal welfare; bovine respiratory disease (BRD) diagnostics; Biomarkers of stress.

In parallel to the ethological and stress-related parameters, immune parameters are being measured in order to establish a relationship between stress and immune response in the bovine. This is a major driver of new studies using “Omics” technologies. Thus, utilizing the emerging knowledge in bovine genomics, biological sciences, neuroscience and bioinformatics, my research mission is to advance new science and high speed technology that will ultimately lead to breakthroughs in stress physiology and lead to quantifiable and objectives indices of animal health and welfare.

Post-graduate student supervision, since joining Teagasc, I have successfully supervised 18 Ph.D students, 2 M.Sc students to completion, 1 Teagasc funded post-doctoral researcher (RMIS 4624), 1 (Marie Curie Funded IEF Fellowship - RMIS 6064) and 1 Contract Research Officer (RMIS 6153; Bord Bia funded; 1 post-doctoral researcher and 1 technician (RMIS 6476. I am presently supervising 1 post-doctoral researcher RMIS 0333) and 1 PhD student (RMIS 0095). I have secured funding from Teagasc to recruit 2 Ph.D students (RMIS 0344 and RMIS 345) in October 2018.

David Kenny

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Nutritional control of fertility, growth and feed efficiency in cattle

Our group utilises state of the art physiological and molecular technologies to study the complex multidimensional control of economically important traits in cattle. In particular, our work involves in-depth examination of traits including sexual maturation of male and female calves, feed intake and efficiency as well as carcass growth and quality. More recently we have implemented a strong gut microbiome research programme in order to better elucidate the molecular control of feed digestion, ruminal methanogenesis and gut health.

Research areas of interest for application:

Nutritional control of fertility, growth and feed efficiency in cattle

Dr. David Kenny has supervised 18 PhD and 9 Masters students to completion.

Deirdre Hennessy

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Animal & Grassland Department

Grassland, Grazing, White clover, Nitrogen fertiliser, Grass growth, Sward structure

My research group are focussing on white clover in intensive grass based production systems.  Nitrogen use efficiency in grazed grassland, nitrogen application management, and grass and clover growth are key areas. We are also measuring methane emissions. The physiology of the grass and white clover plant are also investigated. Grass growth prediction modelling is also an aspect of my work.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Factors influencing sward white clover content, particularly the factors influencing the establishment and persistence of clover in grazing swards

To date Dr Hennessy has supervised 1 Postdoctoral Researcher; 6 PhD and 1 Masters students to completion; and a number of technicians. Dr Hennessy is currently supervising 3 PhD students.

Donagh Berry

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Animal genetics, Animal genomics, Precision dairy

Research group aims to be an agent of sustainable and competitive growth of the Irish ruminant industry by being a world leader in fundamental and translational research on all aspects relating to optimised breeding programs including the development and deployment of:

  • Low cost and precise phenotyping strategies
  • Statistical modelling and predictions
  • Accurate genetic evaluations
  • Genome-wide enabled predictions of genetic merit and the development of the associated (low cost) tools and software
  • Breeding objectives – economic values and geneflow algorithms
  • Breeding scheme design
  • Decision support tools

Research area of interest for application:

  • Applied animal genetics and genomics (Teagasc)
  • Precision technologies in dairy cows (VistaMilk SFI Research Centre)

Dr. Berry's supervision to-date is 18 PhDs, 5 MSc and 4 post-docs. Within Teagasc, Dr. Berry has supervised 5 researchers/postdocs, 9 PhD students and several hosted students who work across a whole spectrum of domain areas in multiple species.

The VistaMilk centre, which Dr. Berry is director of, consists of >200 research scientists predominantly focused on the development and dissemination of precision technologies in dairy production systems from soil to society

Edgar Garcia Manzanilla

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Pig Development Department

Antimicrobial, data analysis, epidemiology, nutrition, microbiota, immune response

The Teagasc Pig Development Department research group works in all areas of pig production, mainly nutrition, health and welfare, management and economics, and different levels from lab based studies to farm applied projects. You can check the on-going projects in the website. Edgar works in particular in antimicrobial use (including ZnO) and its relation to microbiota and immune response, respiratory disease, nutrition and economics all from an epidemiological point of view.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Improving feed efficiency in pigs, new ingredients and feeding management systems
  • Nutrition, microbiota and immune system interaction
  • Reducing antimicrobial and ZnO use in pigs and poultry
  • Epidemiology and data analysis

Dr. Edgar has supervised 8 PhD and MSc students in different countries and has worked with 2 post-doctoral researchers. The current research group includes 2 post docs and 4 PhD students in collaboration with University College Dublin, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona y Univesidad de Córdoba.

Emer Kennedy

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Animal & Grassland Department

Calf rearing, replacement heifers

Emer’s group is working on below mentioned aspects;

Calf health

  • Defining the quality of colostrum within the Irish dairy herd
  • Colostrum management for dairy calves
  • Comparison of indoor versus outdoor calf rearing systems
  • Milk feeding regimes for young calves

Replacement Heifer Rearing

  • Evaluating over-winter feeding options for replacement dairy heifers during their first and second winters
  • Identifying strategies to ensure that heifers achieve target weight at specified points during the rearing period
  • Investigating grazing management strategies for replacement heifers

Research area of interest for application: Calf and heifer rearing

Dr. Kennedy has supervised 12 PhD students and 2 Masters Students. She is 3rd year Grassland Science module coordinator for the UCD Agri-Business degree. Annually Emer mentor/supervise approximately 5 international undergraduate degree students.

 

John Upton

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Livestock Department

Dairy, Labour, Milking, Energy

The focus of John’s group is to achieve maximum performance of the whole farm system by optimising the interaction between pasture utilisation, supplementary feeding strategy and animal performance.

Research area of interest for application:

Currently the main areas of interest revolve around the themes of making dairy farms more energy & water efficient, while optimising dairy farm infrastructure. We are also active in the areas of labour productivity during the milking process and milking parlour efficiency

Dr. Upton is currently supervising 4 PhD students.

 

Keelin O'Driscoll

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Pig Development Department

Pig, animal welfare, animal behaviour.

Dr. Keelin’s research focuses on investigating management and nutritional strategies that can improve the welfare and performance of commercially produced pigs. Understanding and meeting the needs of farmed animals is essential to improving farming systems from the perspectives of pig and producer, and in developing systems which are acceptable to the consumer and to society. My recent work with sows has focused on nutrition during gestation and lactation, and the effects on sow performance and piglet performance and welfare. I have also carried out work investigating management strategies to deal with piglets from large litters. A major focus of my research during the past 3 years has been investigation of strategies to reduce damaging behaviour in pigs.

Research area of interest for application:

Dr. Keelin is interested in all aspects of pig welfare or behaviour. Specific areas of interest which are currently relevant to his work are

  • Investigation into tail biting in pigs
  • Effects of pre-natal stress on piglet development
  • Investigation of management strategies which could induce positive welfare states

Dr. Driscoll has supervised 1 postdoctoral researcher, 1 MSc and 5 PhD students.

 

Kieran Meade

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Bovine immunology, mycobacterial, antiviral, copy number, immunomodulatory, host defence peptides

Bovine Immunology ‘One Health’ Research Group

We investigate the induction, expression and manipulation of host defence peptides (HDPs) to breed cattle with superior disease resistance as well as their use in adjunct therapeutic and vaccination strategies.

Key to controlling zoonotic infections is to reduce the burden of disease at source, and enormous potential exists for research impact on bovine immunology to enhance sustainable livestock production and also to protect the food chain & human health.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Mycobacterial efficacy of HDPs
  • Antiviral efficacy of HDPs
  • HDP copy number variation in the bovine genome
  • Immunomodulatory activity of HDPs
  • Epigenetic regulation of HDPs

Dr Meade leads a productive group consisting of postdoctoral researchers, 6 PhD students, 2 MSc students and a number of undergraduates.

A Marie Curie fellowship represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to contribute to cutting edge projects, and develop their own distinct research career track. Teagasc have also established a postdoctoral development programme to enhance the acquisition of transferrable skills. Based in the new state of the art Bioscience Research Facility in Co. Meath, the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre is a major initiative to expand Teagasc’s capacity for advanced and translational research in animal bioscience. Collaborative expertise and training will also be available via a number of leading national and international scientists.

Nóirín McHugh

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Animal & Bioscience Department

Sheep and Beef Genetics, Breeding Programme, Phenomic Tools, Genomics

The research group is focused on all aspects of genetic research with a large emphasis on route to application.

Research area of interest for Rl2025 application:

  • Development of breeding objectives and economic values
  • Low cost phenotyping tools
  • Statistical modelling
  • Validation of genetic indexes
  • Breeding programme design
  • Decision support tools

Dr. McHugh has supervised 5 PhDs and 2 Postdoctoral Researchers to completion. Dr. McHugh is currently supervising 1 researchers/postdocs and 5 PhD students.

Orla Keane

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Host-pathogen interactions, Intramammary infection, Staphylococcus aureus, gastrointestinal nematode infection, anthelmintic resistance

Our research is focussed on infection biology and on understanding host-pathogen interactions. In particular we are interested in understanding the role of both host and pathogen genomic variation in controlling infection outcome and disease progression. The major pathogens of interest are i) Staphylococcus aureus in dairy cows including the molecular mechanism of strain-specific virulence of bovine-adapted S. aureus and ii) Teladorsagia circumconcta in sheep including sustainable strategies for control in the face of anthelmintic resistance.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Intramammary infection, Molecular pathogenicity of Staphylococcus aureus, strain-specific virulence of S. aureus.

Dr. Orla Keane has supervised 5 PhD students and 1 MSc students to completion and well as a post-doctoral researcher. The group currently consists of 1 post-doctoral researcher and 3 PhD students.

Padraig French

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Livestock Department

Dairy beef production, farm systems.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Dairy and beef Farm Systems
  • Dairy farm infrastructure
  • Farm financial performance
  • Profitable dairy farm expansion
  • Greenfield dairy farm conversion

Dr. French has supervised 5 PhDs and 6 Post-doc researchers.

Peadar Lawlor

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Pig Development Department

Pig, Nutrition, Management, Feed efficiency, Feeding systems, Intestine, Alternatives to antibiotics.

The research group of Dr. Lawlor is located in the Pig Development Department, Animal & Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland. The research activities of the group include, nutrition and management of pigs and in particular newly weaned pigs and sows, improving feed efficiency in pigs, salmonella control in pigs, investigation of novel feed additives as alternatives to in-feed antibiotics for pigs, post-market monitoring of genetically modified animal feed ingredients, nutritional and post slaughter factors affecting meat eating quality, pre-natal muscle development in pigs in response to gestation feeding, liquid feeding of pigs. This group also investigates manure management and energy generation from pig manure, manure pathogens & biosafety of manure recycling, microbiota of manure and anaerobic digestate.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Pre- and post-weaning pig nutrition and management
  • Alternatives to antibiotics and zinc oxide for pigs
  • Feed efficiency in pigs
  • Liquid feeding pigs
  • Alternative feed ingredients for pigs

Dr. Lawlor has supervised 18 PhDs, 6 MSc (to completion) and 7 Post-doctoral researchers.

 

Sinead McParland

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Livestock Department

Animal genetics, breeding programmes, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, phenomic tools.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Breeding programmes
  • Phenomic tools
  • Genetics of milk quality
  • Development of genetic evaluations, breeding objectives and breeding goals
  • Conservation genetics
 

Stephen Butler

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Animal & Bioscience Research Department

Reproduction, Nutrition, Physiology, Genetics, Sexed semen, Fertility Management

Research areas of interest for application:

  • The effects of genetic merit for fertility traits on ovarian follicular development, uterine environment and embryo quality.
  • Identify physiological mechanisms that underpin differences between high and low fertility cows.
  • Endocrinology of reproduction and nutrient partitioning.
  • Regulation of the GH-IGF axis.
  • Design and evaluation of oestrus and ovulation synchronisation protocols for seasonal-calving systems, and development of decision-support systems to identify appropriate protocols.
  • Use of micronutrients to improve reproductive performance of pasture-based dairy cows.
  • Evaluating the potential role of sexed semen in Irish dairy herds and implications for the dairy industry.
  • Development of strategies to predict phenotypic male fertility
  • Nutrition of pasture-based dairy cows

Dr Butler has supervised 3 post-doctoral researchers, 8 PhD students and 2 Masters students to completion in a diverse area of dairy cattle reproduction and nutrition. Currently, he is supervising 2 post-doctoral  researchers, 4 PhD students, and co-supervising additional 3 PhD students.

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Food Programme

Food Biosciences Department, Food Chemistry & Technology Department, Food Safety Department, Food Quality & Sensor Science Department

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André Brodkorb

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Food proteins, Food/protein colloids, Gastro-intestinal digestion, Microencapsulation.

Dr Brodkorb is a senior researcher in the Food Chemistry and Technology department of the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. His research interest covers the structure/ function relationship of food and food ingredients, proteins in particular, from source to processing and food production all the way to consumption and absorption of nutrients in the human body. His laboratory includes state of the art equipment and techniques for protein/peptide characterisation (HPLC, FPLC, FTIR, Fluorescence spectroscopy), colloids (dynamic and static light scattering, AFM & SEM/TEM, confocal microscopy), in-vitro/in-vivo digestion models, protection of bio-active components by microencapsulation.

Dr Brodkorb was the 2016 Winner of the Poncelet Prize for Innovation in Encapsulation Technology, co-sponsored by Procter & Gamble and the Bioencapsulation Research Group (BRG).

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Food and Protein colloids during in vitro digestion of food
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Food Colloids
  • Food Structure
  • Microencapsulation
  • 10 completed and 4 on-going PhD’s
  • 11 completed and on-going post-doctorates and visiting scientists
  • Technology transfer from lab to application and/or start-up company (e.g. Anabio Technology Ltd.)
  • Many PhD students under supervision of A. Brodkorb have received national or international prizes or awards, some students have been multiple prize winners (e.g. Sinead Doherty, Ian O’Loughlin)

Brijesh Tiwari

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Food Chemistry & Technology Department

Novel food processing and preservation technologies, Novel clean and green extraction technologies, Sustainable food processing technologies, Food processing by-products

Advanced Food Processing Technologies Research Group is a strong multidisciplinary research group with an excellent international track record in delivering high quality research and innovation metrics, including patents and technology transfer. AFT research group currently comprises 21 researchers including Research Officers; PostDocs and PhDs  We have state-of-the-art novel technologies laboratory. Research agenda of AFT group is strongly aligned with key national (Sustainable, Healthy Agri-food Research Plan (SHARP)- 2015; Innovation 2020 of Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation research programmes) and EU (H2020 thematic area 2: “Food Security, Sustainable …. Bioeconomy” under the societal challenges pillar).

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Novel food processing and preservation technologies
  • Novel clean and green extraction technologies
  • Sustainable food processing technologies
  • Food processing by-products

Dr. Tiwari's has supervised 12 PostDocs, 5 Research Officers, 15 PhDs to date.

Catherine Stanton

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Early life nutrition, probiotic cultures, infant gut microbiota, bioactive lipids

Catherine has 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.

Prof. Catherine Stanton has extensive experience of mentoring and supervision: currently, 8 Post docs and 10 PhD students with 11 previous Post docs and 22 PhD students.

Declan J. Bolton

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Foodborne pathogens, Campylobacter spp., Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), Salmonella spp.

Our research is primarily focused on all aspects (sources, dissemination routes, ecology, epidemiology, pathogenicity/virulence factors, antimicrobial resistance, control/risk management, etc.) of bacterial pathogens along the food chain from farm to fork. We are also interested in food spoilage and undertake research on a range of associated spoilage bacteria in different foods using state-of-the-art microbiological, genomic and proteomic technologies.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Control of Campylobacter in the broiler farm and processing plant
  • The ecology, epidemiology and pathogenicity of Salmonella, Campylobacter and STEC
  • Maximising the shelf-life of meat, poultry, fish and associated products

Dr. Bolton is a member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Expert Panel on Biohazards and has supervised 5 postdoctoral researchers and 2 M.Sc. and 25 Ph.D. students.

Diarmuid (JJ)Sheehan

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Dairy Foods, physicochemistry, structure function, microstructure, casein-polymer interactions.

Dr. Sheehan is a senior researcher at the Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark with accomplishments in both academic and commercial fields. His research group is focused on investigating interactions between dairy matrix physico-chemistry, microstructure and the metabolic activity of bacteria entrapped within. In addition, his group are working on metabolomic profiling of dairy foods based on herd diet, food matrix structure-function relationships, food colloids and casein-polymer interactions with a view to structuring dairy foods for new sensory experiences and development of food functionality using membrane processes.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Dairy Food Structure-function including w.r.t Health properties
  • Food structuring through Casein- polymer interactions
  • Physicochemical influence on bacterial metabolic activity in food matrices
  • Reducing Carbon Footprint/GHG emissions in cheese production
  • Small solute entrapment and diffusivity within cheese matrices

Dr. Sheehan  currently supervises 4 post-doctoral scientists and supervises/co-supervises 4 PhD and 1 MSc students.  He has supervised 9 previous post-doctoral scientists and supervised/co-supervised 6 PhDs and 1 MSc to completion.

Dilip Rai

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Phytochemicals, health, nutraceuticals, chromatography, mass spectrometry, food-waste valorisation.

Dr. Rai leads research team involving the structural elucidation of natural bioactive molecules extracted from terrestrial plant-food, animals and marine sources. The bioactive molecules are either nutrient based (proteins/peptides, polysaccharides, lipids and their combination) or non-nutrient secondary metabolites that could be potential ingredients for functional food development or natural bio-control agents. He has a keen interest in assessing the effect of industrial or domestic processing of food on retention and alteration of bioactive molecules or affecting the food quality.

Research area of interest for  application:

  • Phytochemicals
  • Food-processing
  • Functional Food ingredients
  • Phytopharmaceuticals
  • Biocontrol-agents

Dr. Rai has supervised 3 PhD students as a primary mentor and 4 post-docs between 2012-2018. He is currently primary supervisor of 2 PhD students and a co-supervisor of 2 PhDs.

Kanishka Nilaweera

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Food Biosciences Department

Diet, intestine, nutrient absorption, adiposity, energy balance, hypothalamus, obesity, dietary interventions, body composition and growth

We are exploring the mechanisms regulating body weight and how these react to different types of ingested food. Utilising this knowledge, we then seek to create interventions that can prevent weight gain and improve body composition in obese individuals. To support this work, we have attracted ~€2 Million grant funding from 2010 onwards (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6074-9457) including from the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) in UK.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Mechanisms regulating body weight and tissue growth from early life to adulthood.
  • Dietary approaches for weight management and improved body composition.

Dr. Nilaweera is currently supervising 1 PhD student and 2 Post-doctoral researchers and has attracted funding for a PhD studentship 2019-2023. He has previously supervised/co-supervised 2 PhD students and a post-doctoral researcher.

 

Kaye Burgess

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Biofilm, Listeria, STEC, Salmonella, transcriptomics.

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  application:

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

Dr. Burgess has 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.

Kieran Kilcawley

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Food Quality & Sensory Science Department

Flavour chemistry, fermentation derived flavours, cheese biochemistry, fatty acid analysis and lipid oxidation

The main focus of my research is directly related to flavour in foods and beverages with a major focus on dairy products. We have excellent advanced gas chromatography and mass spectrometry facilities, covering areas of aroma extraction, method development and validation, data processing and chemometrics. Dr Kilcawley collaborates with national and international researchers in flavour development in lactic acid bacteria, yeasts, kefir, meat science, cereals, confectionary, fruit, and alcohol beverages amongst others. I also have an interested in free and total fatty acid analysis of dairy products, and in lipid oxidation.

I have 64 peer reviewed publications and have >1000 citations. He has published 12 book chapters relating to cheese flavour, lipid chemistry, cheese concentrates, cheese ingredients and enzymology.

 

Dr Kieran Kilcawley has supervised 3 PhD students, 4 MSc students and co-supervised 3 PhD students. I am currently supervising 4 PhD and 2 MSc students. I am also currently supervising a Erasmus student and regularly have placement students as part of their undergraduate degree program.

 

Laura Gómez Gómez-Mascaraque

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Food, microstructure, microscopy, dairy, biopolymers, microencapsulation

Research interests of the group focus on food microstructure, microstructured functional ingredients and food biopolymers. The main areas of expertise include spectroscopy and microscopy, biopolymer characterisation, microencapsulation of bioactive food ingredients and drying technologies (e.g. electrohydrodynamic processing, spray-drying).

Research area of interest for  application:

  • Food microstructure
  • Microstructured food ingredients

Dr. Gómez-Mascaraque is currently co-supervisor of 1 MSc student and 1 research officer. She has also supervised several undergraduate and PhD placement students.

Linda Giblin

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Food Bioactives, Food Digestion and Bioavailability, Intestinal Barrier Function.

Dr. Linda’s lab has published >50 research papers in international peer reviewed journals (33 in the last 5 years), 4 invited book chapters and Linda has a h-index of 20, i-index of 33. She leads a molecular biology group at Teagasc with research interests in Food Bioactives, Food Bioavailability and Intestinal Barrier function. She has been Coordinator/Principal Investigator on numerous national and EU funded projects including Food for Health Ireland, with in excess of €3m allocated to her lab. She is an associate editor for Journal of Functional Foods and an ad hoc reviewer for several top Food Bioactive journals (Food Chemistry, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and Food & Function). She regularly reviews grant proposals for several Irish and EU funding agencies.

Research area of interest for  application:

  • Food Bioactives
  • Food Digestion and Bioavailability
  • Intestinal Barrier Function

Dr. Giblin has supervised 8 PhD, 10 MSc and 6 Post-doctoral scientists to completion and currently supervises 4 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral scientists. Linda has management accreditation in Managing People FETAC Level 6 and IMI Management certification. She has actively participated in Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Programme (post-graduate) as a member of the Walsh Fellowship Committee, conference judge, and up skilling at supervisor training workshops. Ex-postgraduate scientists from her lab currently hold senior positions in industry including: Site Head Quality-ALCON, QS Supervisor-MYLAN, Analytical Chemist-EL LILY, R&D analyst-TEVA Pharmaceuticals, Biochemist Analyst-MERCK MILLIPORE and QC microbiologist-SANOFI GENZYME.

Maria Hayes

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Food Biosciences Department

Marine research, bioactive peptides, food product development, bioassays, heart health, metabolic syndrome, novel ingredients

Focus on marine research into bioactive ingredients from by-products, marine seaweeds and microalgae and other protein rich sources.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Protein and product development in relation to health

Dr. Hayes has supervised 5 PhD students, 2 Master students and several undergraduate thesis to date in conjunction with the major European universities

Martin Danaher

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Separation science, Food science, Chromatography, Spectrometry, Metabolomics

Dr Danaher is head of an ISO17025 laboratory, which is provides specialist services for Teagasc clients. The lab has also a very active research groups with seven PhD students and three post-docs. Research is focussed on analytical method development, validation and application to research samples. 

Analytical chemistry.

  • Specialising in separation science, especially liquid chromatography and it coupling to tandem mass spectrometry.
  • Sample preparation and its application in bioanalytical analysis.
  • Method validation.
  • Metabolomics and persistence.

Areas of research:

  • Food and environmental analysis.
  • Veterinary drug residues.
  • Pesticides focussed on food of animal origin.
  • Mycotoxins in cereals, beverages and dairy.
  • Disinfectant residues in dairy products.
  • Vitamin analysis in food.

Dr Danaher has led the residues laboratories since 2007 and has mentored several scientists during this time. He has supervised 7 PhD and 1 MSc students to completion. Currently his research team consists of 3 post-docs, 5 technologists, 1 technicians and 6 PhD students. 

Norah O’Shea

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Process analytical technologies, Robotics, Protein, Sensors

The research interests of Dr O’Shea include process analytical technologies (PAT, inline viscometers) for process improvements in the development of dairy concentrates and production of dairy powders. Assessing how to implement and validate PAT instruments and sensors at a pilot and commercial scale. Development of rheological test methods to evaluate PAT tools (process viscometers).  Gaining an understanding of the rheological properties of dairy structures e.g. dairy concentrate behaviour, heat induced protein changes. Dr O’Shea has previously worked on FIRM funded projects that looked at cereal ingredients and food structures (gluten-free formulations, cracker, extrudates and bread formulations).  Part of this worked included investigating the nutritional (composition), rheological (dough structure), texture and sensory properties of formulations.  Dr O’Shea has recently been awarded a FIRM funded project, investigating the application of using 3D printing to develop novel dairy snacks derived from dairy ingredients. 

Research area of interest for application:

  • Evaluation and validation of process analytical technologies (PAT) (viscosity, flow, pressure, inline composition) in dairy manufacturing processes
  • Rheological properties of dairy concentrate behaviour and gels derived from dairy ingredients
  • Heat induced protein structural changes
  • Low cost sensors
  • 3D dairy printing
  • Robotics in food applications
  • Protein / starch relationships in dairy and cereal structures

Currently, Dr Norah O’Shea is the supervisor of 1 Post-doctoral researcher, primary supervisor of 2 PhD students and a MSc student and the co-supervisor of a PhD student. She has also supervised undergraduate projects and postgraduate placement students.

Olivia McAuliffe

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Food, Cultures, Antimicrobial resistance, Dissemination, Reservoir, Transmission

Olivia is the group leader of the Cultures, Fermentation and Biotransformation research group. Her is interested in omics and systems approaches to studying the biology and applications of food-associated microbes including starter cultures, probiotics, foodborne pathogens, and bacteriophages.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Food cultures as a reservoir of antimicrobial resistance determinants

Dr. Olivia has currently group of 9 staff and students, has supervised 12 PhD and 6 MSc students to completion, along with many research and technical staff.

Orla O'Sullivan

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Bioinformatics, Metagenomics, Microbiome, Statistics, Fitness, Nutrition.

Dr. Orla O Sullivan is a senior computational biologist in Teagasc Food Research Centre with over 12 years of experience in microbiome research. Orla graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Biochemistry and subsequently a PhD in Bioinformatics. She was awarded a prestigious SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant and the APC Microbiome Ireland scientist of the year in 2014. Orla is a senior investigator with the SFI research centres APC Microbiome Ireland and VistaMilk.  Orla has a H-Index of 45 with 9,720 citations many of which in high impacting journals such as Nature, GUT and PNAS.  In 2018 Orla was named by Clarivate Analytics as a Highly Cited Researcher. Her research focuses on elucidating the microbiome from various environments including human gut and lung, rumen and food. Of particular interest to her is the role of physical fitness, exercise and diet, on the human gut microbiome both in elite athletes, general population and diseased cohorts. 

Research area of interest for application:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbiome
  • Statistics
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition

Dr. O’Sullivan has extensive experience both in mentoring staff and students. Currently she has 3 PhD students and 2 post-doc under her direct supervisions as well as MSc placement students.

Paul Cotter

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Food, Gut, Microbiome, Sequencing, Fermentation, Health

Dr Paul Cotter is a Senior Principal Research Officer and Head of Food Biosciences at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. His is also a PI with the SFI Centres APC Microbiome Ireland and VistaMilk, and the Enterprise Ireland funded Food for Health Ireland, he is an adjunct lecturer at CIT and is responsible for the Teagasc Next Gen Sequencing facility. The Cotter group internationally known for his research relating to the microbiome of foods, food production/processing environments and of humans and animals and modifying this microbiome in beneficial ways (including through the use of foods, strains, antimicrobial peptides and/or exercise). His research has been published in 262 peer reviewed paper, 19 chapters and 2 books (H index Google scholar 70). Dr Cotter’s research is funded by SFI, DAFM, Teagasc, IRC and through the €12million EU H2020 project ‘Master’ (co-ordinated by Paul). Teagasc and his laboratory have received awards at the title Irish Lab of the Year Awards in 2013, 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Research areas of interest for  application:

  • Fermented food microbiology
  • food chain microbiome
  • modulating gut microbiome to improve health
  • next generation DNA sequencing

Dr. Cotter has supervised 24 PhDs and 10 MScs to completion and currently supervises 9 Post-docs/research fellows, 11 PhD students and 2 technicians.

Rita Hickey

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Milk oligosaccharides, milk glycoproteins, host-microbial interactions, food glycans, colostrum.

Dr. Rita Hickey is a senior research officer in the Food Biosciences Dept. at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. Her main research interests focus on investigating the biological properties of sugars isolated from food sources. Rita is the lead PI on the FHI Infant Nutrition workpackage for Food for Health Ireland and was a funded PI on the SFI-funded Alimentary Glycobiology Research Cluster (AGRC). She is a faculty member of the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) and currently collaborates with PIs from the APC. A major area of interest is the effect of food derived oligosaccharides on host-microbial interactions in the gut. For instance, milk oligosaccharides can alter intestinal glycosylation, which in turn contributes to early immune development and maturation of the newborn intestinal tract. In the Hickey lab, strategies to increase the colonisation of infant-associated Bifidobacteria have been extensively investigated in recent years with promising results.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Investigating the biological properties of sugars/oligosaccharides isolated from food sources
  • Investigating the effect of food derived oligosaccharides on host-microbial interactions in the gut
  • The extraction, enrichment, fractionation and structural analysis of food derived oligosaccharides
  • Development of bioassays for investigating the bioactive properties of glycans/ oligosaccharides isolated from food source.

Dr. Hickey has supervised 4 PhD and 5 Post-doctoral scientists to completion and a host of student internships in the past. She is currently supervising 5 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral scientists. Rita manages the Tissue culture facilities at Teagasc and actively participated in Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship Programme (post-graduate) as a member of the Walsh Fellowship Committee and student mentor for the Food research. Ex-postgraduate scientists from her lab currently hold senior positions in industry and academia including: Senior researcher Biostime; RD&A Senior Scientist, Kerry Group; Senior Researcher, Quadram Institute Bioscience; CAPA Specialist; Kora Healthcare.

Ruth Hamill

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Food Quality & Sensory Science Department

Meat quality, omics technologies, imaging and spectroscopy for meat quality

We are interested in discovering genes, proteins and functional pathways which influence product quality in beef, pork and sheepmeat.

Further interests are on the relevance of hyperspectral imaging to online food quality monitoring.

We have published our research in high quality journals including Proteomics, BMC Genomics, PLoS One, Journal of Animal Science, Meat Science. The lab is well-funded and collaborative with five active research projects, funded by European Union and Irish national funding programmes.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Functional genomics of meat eating quality
  • Hyperspectral imaging of meat quality

Dr. Hamill has supervised five PhD students to completion, and has been mentor to 6 postdoctoral scientists in the last few years. PhD students in the group all submitted their theses within 4 years and published 4-7 papers from their work. All secured excellent positions in high quality labs following submission. She currently supervises the research activities of 2 PhD students, as well as being mentor to two postdoctoral scientists, one of whom is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Career-FIT Research Fellow.

Sean Hogan

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Food, Dairy, Rheology, Lipids, Structure, Ingredients

Dr. Hogan is a Senior Researcher in the Food Chemistry and Technology Department at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark. His research areas include food ingredient interactions, structure/function relationships, soft matter science, rheology and emulsions/surface science. Other interests include colloidal interactions, state transitions, spray drying and powder functionality. He also leads the food lipids platform at TFRC. He manages a state-of-the-art rheology/soft matter laboratory, which includes a wide range of equipment used for the analysis of food material behaviour.

Research area of interest for application:

  • Food material characterisation
  • Emulsion/interfacial/surface science
  • Food structure and
  • Food lipids – analysis, functionality and enzymatic modification

Dr Hogan has supervised 2 PhDs and several visiting scientists.

Shivani Pathania

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Food Industry Development Department

Food Packaging, Technology Development, Membrane Filtration, Extrusion, Food Formulation, Waste Utilisation

Shivani’s research interests include food packaging, novel food processing technologies, ingredient interactions especially starch and protein ingredients.

During her previous roles, Shivani has gained expertise in scalable processes and gained a strong knowledge on thermal and non- thermal separation and processing techniques in improving process efficiency, waste product utilization and new product development.

In particular, she is interested in different formats and types of food packaging (compostable and recyclable) to reduce plastic waste and achieve circularity in food systems.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Food Science & Technology

Dr Pathania has completed a number of industry projects for food company clients and she has contributed to the supervision and training of 5 short term graduate students in the past year.

Song Miao

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Novel delivery systems, dehydration and post-drying technologies, stabilization of probiotics, water structuring.

The work of my research group focusses on Food Material Science and Structure Design.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Physico-chemical properties of biomaterials
  • Dehydration and granulation
  • Foods structural and textural designs
  • Stickiness and flowability of powders
  • State transition and phase transition in foods
  • Structured emulsions for functional delivery
  • Encapsulation and functional food ingredients
  • Stabilization of probiotics; dairy ingredients

Experience of mentoring and supervision: 11 PhD and MSc students completed and 8 PhD and MSc students on-going

Tom Beresford

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Cheese and nutrition, Diry fermentation

The group has extensive experience in cheese microbiology and biochemistry with a current focus on nutritional and health benefits of cheese and dairy products. The group also works on development of dairy fermentates with health benefits much of it directed toward the release of bioactive peptides from milk proteins during fermentation.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Nutritional and health benefits of cheese
  • Production of bio-functional dairy fermentates 

Dr Beresford has extensive experience of supervising staff and students to PhD level and his team currently includes a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Career FIT Fellow

Tom O’Callaghan

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Dairy, diet, chemistry, nutrition, processing, production.

My research program focuses on dairy chemistry and processing across the supply chain with particular emphasis on the effects of farming practices, cow feeding systems and dairy processing technologies on the quality and functional characteristics of milk and dairy products.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Dairy Science
  • Food processing
  • Dairy Chemistry
  • Impact of primary production systems of animals on product characteristic’s and functionality
  • Nutritional formulations

Dr. Callaghan's team currently consists of 3 PhD students, 1 Research Officer and 1 Post-doctoral Researcher.

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Agricultural Economics & Farm Surveys, Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department

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Aine Macken-Walsh

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Sociology; narrative methodologies; participatory methodologies; co-design of extension interventions; integration of primary producers to short food supply chains.

Dr. Walsh has supervised three Post-Doctoral trainees and eight PhD students to completion. Currently, her team consists of three Post-Doctoral trainees and three PhD students, all working on sociology and extension topics. 

Cathal Buckley

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Natural Resource Use Economics, Delivery of Public Goods through Agriculture, Sustainability, Farmer behaviour

My research group focused on nutrient management efficiency, sustainable (economic / environmental /social) agricultural production systems, farmer behavioural analysis and delivery of public goods through agriculture.

Dr Buckley has experience of post-doctoral and PhD candidate supervision.

Emma Dillon

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Agricultural Economics & Farm Surveys Department 

Farm-level modelling, sustainability, farmer behaviour, animal health, technology adoption, CAP reform

As an Economist with the Teagasc National Farm Survey (FADN) team Emma has a multi-faceted role in terms of survey design, data analysis and reporting of key trends in contemporary Irish agriculture.  Her research interests include agricultural policy modelling at the farm-level particularly in the area of sustainability and animal health management; most recently with regard to farmer behaviour and technology adoption. Current research also includes an assessment of labour input and efficiency on Irish dairy farms.  She has also been previously involved in research in the area of consumer behaviour, specifically with regard to acceptance of novel food technologies and research relating to employment trends in rural areas.

Research areas of interest for application:

  • Developing indicators of the social sustainability of farming using the Teagasc National Farm Survey.
  • Measuring the impact of extension services on farm-level sustainability and innovation.
  • Labour input and economic efficiency on Irish dairy farms.
  • Economic modelling of agricultural land markets.

 

Dr Dillion is currently supervising 4 PhD students in different areas of agricultural economics and farm surveys. She has considerable experience of supervising Post-docs and senior research fellows.

Maeve Henchion

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Agrifood Business & Spatial Analysis Department

Social science, consumer acceptance, bioeconomy, protein, innovation systems, public policy.

Dr. Maeve leads 7 permanent research staff and associated post-docs and PhD students in the Department of Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis.  In addition she contributes to social science research perspectives to multidisciplinary research projects that relate to innovation in the agrifood sector and wider economy.  The results of her research inform the development of industry roadmaps and public policy.  Current research themes relate to the bioeconomy, protein demand and supply, and food chain integrity.

Dr. Maeve has supervised 10 postgraduate students to completion (PhD and Masters by Research) as well as 13 post docs/contract research officers.

 

Sinead McCarthy

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Agrifood Business & Spatial Analysis Department

Functional food acceptance, older consumers, new product development, sensory science.

My team focusses on consumer behaviour research in relation to food and health. Current projects include consumer food choice and health behaviour, consumer acceptance of novel food technologies, functional foods, drivers of cheese consumption, new product development and sensory science.

Research areas of interest for application:

Consumer behaviour in relation to food, nutrition and health

Dr. Sinead McCarthy has 20 years of experience in mentoring and supervising both undergraduate and post graduate students as well as post-doctoral fellows, research staff and colleagues.

Stuart Green

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Agrifood Business and Spatial Analysis Department

Remote sensing, Earth observation, Machine learning, Drone

Using Earth Observation satellites and drones to support Irish agricultural sustainability especially with respect to grassland production, biodiversity and GHG

Research area of interest for application:

  • Use of Copernicus in systems in agriculture

Dr. Stuart Green has supervised 7 PhDs and 4 post-doctoral scientists to completion.

 

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