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Catherine Stanton

Research Officer - Food and Health

Research Interests

Catherine is a Senior Principal Research Officer in the Food Biosciences department. 

  • Nutritional aspects of dairy foods, functional foods,
  • Probiotic cultures: health benefits, bioactive metabolite production and host health
  • Infant gut microbiota: Influence of Dietary and Environmental Factors
  • Probiotics: technological aspects, development of functional foods,
  • Bioactive lipids: Microbial production of bioactive FA, CLAs, SCFA, n-3 FA, lipids and health benefits
  • Bioactive peptides

Current Projects

  • MIMIC: Examining missing microbes in infants born by C-section (Science Foundation Ireland, DuPont)
  • Hydrofish: Combining targeted nutraceuticals and traceability technology for a smarter and sustainable Irish fish aquaculture industry (Enterprise Ireland)
  • APC4 Core Theme 2.3: Examining microbiota composition at the Extremes of Life (Science Foundation Ireland)
  • SMARTProtein: Future-proofing alternative terrestrial protein sources for human nutrition encouraging environment regeneration, processing feasibility and consumer acceptability. (EU Horizon 2020)


B.Sc (Hons, 2.1) Nutrition/Food Chemistry, (1983) University College Cork (Awarding Body: NUI)

M.Sc Nutrition (1986) University College Cork (NUI) (Awarding Body: NUI)

Ph.D Biochemistry (1988) Bournemouth University, UK (Awarding Body: Council for National Academic Awards, CNAA, UK)

D.Sc. (2008) National University of Ireland (Awarding Body: NUI)


  1. Wang S, Zeng S, Egan M, Cherry P, Strain C, Morais E, Boyaval P, Ryan CA, Dempsey EM, Ross RP, and Stanton C. (2021).Metagenomic analysis of mother-infant gut microbiome reveals global distinct and shared microbial signatures, Gut Microbes. 2021; 13(1): 1911571. Published online 2021 May 7. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2021.1911571; PMCID: PMC8115609
  2. Dhrati V. Patangia, C.A. Ryan, Eugene Dempsey, Catherine Stanton, and R. Paul Ross (2021).Vertical transfer of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant strains across the mother/baby axis, Trends in Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tim.2021.05.006.
  3. Lyons, KE, Fouhy, F, O’ Shea, CA, Ryan, CA, Dempsey, EM, Ross, RP, Stanton C. (2021). Effect of storage, temperature, and extraction kit on the phylogenetic composition detected in the human milk microbiota. Microbiologyopen. 2021 Jan; 10(1): e1127. Published online 2020 Dec 29. doi: 10.1002/mbo3.1127 PMCID: PMC7841076
  4. Daragh Hill, Paula M. O’Connor, Eric Altermann, Li Day, Colin Hill, Catherine Stanton & R. Paul Ross (2020). Extensive bacteriocin gene shuffling in the Streptococcus bovis/Streptococcus equinus complex reveals gallocin D with activity against vancomycin resistant enterococci, Scientific Reports | (2020) 10:13431, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-70328-z.
  5. Sugrue I, O’Connor PM, Hill C, Stanton C, Ross RP (2020). Actinomyces Produces Defensin-Like Bacteriocins (Actifensins) with a Highly Degenerate Structure and Broad Antimicrobial Activity J Bacteriol. 2020 Feb; 202(4): e00529-19. Prepublished online 2019 Nov 25. Published online 2020 Jan 29. doi: 10.1128/JB.00529-19.
  6. Egerton S, Wan A, Murphy K, Collins F, Ahern G, Sugrue I, Busca K, Egan F, Muller N, Whooley J, McGinnity P, Culloty S, Ross RP, Stanton C. (2020). Replacing fishmeal with plant protein in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) diets by supplementation with fish protein hydrosylate. Scientific Reports (Accepted for Publication).
  7. O’Donnell ST, Ross RP, Stanton C (2020). The progress of Multi-Omics technologies: Determining function in lactic acid bacteria using a systems level approach. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10: 1-17. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.03084.
  8. Fouhy F; Watkins C, Hill CJ.; O'Shea CA; Nagle B; Dempsey EM; O'Toole PW; Ross RP; Ryan CA; Stanton C (2019). Perinatal factors affect the gut microbiota up to four years after birth. Nature Communications 10, 1517.
  9. Ryan PM, Patterson E, Carafa I, Mandal R, Wishart DS, Dinan TG, Cryan JF, Tuohy KM, Stanton C, Ross RP. (2019). Metformin and Dipeptidase Peptidyl-4 Inhibitor Differentially Modulate the Intestinal Microbiota and Plasma Metabolome of Metabolically Dysfunctional Mice. Can J Diabetes. 2019 May 27. pii: S1499-2671(19)30002-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2019.05.008. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31445961.
  10. Patterson E, Ryan PM, Wiley N, Carafa I, Sherwin E, Moloney G, Franciosi E, Mandal R, Wishart DS, Tuohy K, Ross RP, Cryan JF, Dinan TG, Stanton C. (2019). Gamma-aminobutyric acid-producing lactobacilli positively affect metabolism and depressive-like behavior in a mouse model of metabolic syndrome. Scientific Reports 9, 16323. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51781-x. PMID:31704943.

2021   Speaker at IDF Global Dairy Conference 2021; Title “Food cultures & gut health”

2021   Speaker at Scientific Spring Meeting of the Dutch Society of Medical Microbiology (NVMM) and the Royal Dutch Society of Microbiology (KNVM); Title “Perinatal experience shapes development of gut microbiota following birth”

2021   Speaker at International society for omega 3 research; Title “Omega3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids and the gut microbiota”

2021   Speaker at 13th International Symposium on Lactic Acid Bacteria; Title “Gut microbiome, diet and mood”

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