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James Cullen

Walsh Scholar

Research Interests

Liquid feed, microbiota & mycobiota of pig feed and the pig gut, liquid feed system hygiene

Current Projects

Microbial profiling of liquid feed for pigs and the impact of strategies to optimise feed microbial quality on the feed and pig gut microbiome

Funding: Waterford Institute of Technology PhD Scholarship; Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship

Education

BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science, Waterford Institute of Technology

Supervisors

Prof. Gillian Gardiner, Dr. Peadar Lawlor and Dr. Paul Cormican

Peer-reviewed papers:

Cullen, J. T., Lawlor, P.G., Cormican, P., Crispie. F. & Gardiner, G.E. (2022). Optimisation of a bead-beating procedure for simultaneous extraction of bacterial and fungal DNA from pig faeces and liquid feed for 16S and ITS2 rDNA amplicon sequencing. Animal – Open Space (submitted).

Cullen, J. T., Lawlor, P. G., Cormican, P. & Gardiner, G. E. (2021). Microbial quality of liquid feed for pigs and its impact on the porcine gut microbiome. Animals, 11, 2983. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11102983

Torres-Pitarch, A., Gardiner, G. E., Cormican, P., Rea, M., Crispie, F., O’Doherty, J. V., Cozannet, P., Ryan, T., Cullen, J. & Lawlor, P. G. (2020). Effect of cereal fermentation and carbohydrase supplementation on growth, nutrient digestibility and intestinal microbiota in liquid‑fed grow‑finishing pigs. Sci. Rep., 10, 13716. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-70443-x

Book Chapters:

Cullen, J. T., Lawlor, P. G., & Gardiner, G. E. (2022). Microbiological services delivered by the pig gut microbiome. In M. Bailey & C. Stokes (Eds.), Understanding Gut Microbiomes as Targets for Improving Pig Gut Health. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Ltd., Cambridge, UK.

Posters presented:

Cullen, J. T., Lawlor, P.G., Cormican, P. and Gardiner, G.E. (2021). Optimisation of a bead-beating procedure for simultaneous extraction of bacterial and fungal DNA from pig faeces and liquid feed for 16S and ITS2 rDNA amplicon sequencing. 12th International Symposium on Gut Microbiology, 13th-15th October, 2021, Online, page 93.