Irene R. Grant

      Dr Irene R. Grant

      Senior Lecturer

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2109

      For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
      or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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      Research Interests

      Irene is currently a Senior Lecturer in 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.

      Frequent Journals

      • Applied and Environmental Microbiology

        ISSNs: 0099-2240

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1098-5336

        American Society for Microbiology

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4.08 SJR 1.691 SNIP 1.243

        Journal

      • Letters in Applied Microbiology

        ISSNs: 0266-8254

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1472-765X

        Wiley-Blackwell

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.82 SJR 0.619 SNIP 0.777

        Journal

      • Journal of Applied Microbiology

        ISSNs: 1364-5072

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2672

        Wiley-Blackwell

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.41 SJR 0.81 SNIP 0.94

        Journal

      • Journal of Clinical Microbiology

        ISSNs: 0095-1137

        American Society for Microbiology

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.57 SJR 2.14 SNIP 1.417

        Journal

      • PLoS One

        ISSNs: 1932-6203

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1932-6203

        Public Library of Science

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.11 SJR 1.201 SNIP 1.092

        Journal

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