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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

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Open to PhD applications from those having at least a 2.1 BSc degree (or equivalent) in Microbiology, Food Microbiology or Microbial Biochemistry. Please refer to my publications for clarification and inspiration.

1989 …2020

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Research Interests

Irene is currently a Professor of Microbiology and Food Safety within IGFS.  Her long time research interest has been Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, its heat resistance, presence in milk and dairy products, and methods for its accurate detection and enumeration in milk and faeces.  She has published extensively on this subject and is recognized as an international authority on this potentially foodborne and zoonotic bacterium.  More recently, her research has expanded to include Mycobacterium bovis, the cause of bovine tuberculosis.   Irene manages Containment Level 2 and 3 pathogen laboratories within the Institute, where research on a range of traditional foodborne pathogens – Salmonella spp., Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes,  and Escherichia coli - is undertaken.  Her main interest is in developing improved methods to detect the above range of foodborne zoonotic pathogens, principally by generation of novel pathogen-specific binders (antibodies and phage-display derived peptide binders) which are then evaluated for application in magnetic separation, ELISA, lateral flow devices, or other biosensor platforms.

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Research Output

Open Access
  • Understanding and Exploiting Phage-Host Interactions

    Stone, E., Campbell, K., Grant, I. & McAuliffe, O., 18 Jun 2019, In : Viruses. 11, 6, 26 p., 567.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    100 Downloads (Pure)

    Diagnostic potential of the PMS-phage assay and PMS-culture to detect Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in bovine milk samples

    O'Brien, L. M., McAloon, C. G., Stewart, L. D., Strain, S. A. J. & Grant, I. R., 01 May 2018, In : Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 65, 3, p. 719-726 8 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Designing Brochure and Banner for Commercialisation of Product

    Linda Stewart (Contributor), Irene R. Grant (Contributor)
    Aug 2019Oct 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    External Examiner for PhD thesis

    Irene R. Grant (Examiner)
    15 Oct 201915 Nov 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Zoonotic Tuberculosis: A neglected food safety issue

    Linda Stewart (Invited speaker), Irene R. Grant (Presenter)
    Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Causeway Sensors

    Linda Stewart (Advisor), Irene R. Grant (Advisor)
    Jan 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesKTP & Consultancy in kind

    Identifying high-risk profile patients for zoonotic tuberculosis in Mubende district, Uganda.

    Francisco Oleo Popelka (Speaker), Melissa Terry (Presenter), Ekuka Godfrey (Presenter), Adrian Muwonge (Presenter), Irene R. Grant (Presenter), Linda Stewart (Presenter), Paula Fujiwara (Presenter), Clovice Kankya (Presenter)
    31 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Johne's risk remains with milk replacer

    Irene R. Grant


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other