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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.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    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.

    Frequent Journals

    • Applied and Environmental Microbiology

      ISSNs: 0099-2240

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1098-5336

      American Society for Microbiology

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.18 SJR 1.663 SNIP 1.272


    • Letters in Applied Microbiology

      ISSNs: 0266-8254

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1472-765X


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.93 SJR 0.573 SNIP 0.792


    • Journal of applied microbiology

      ISSNs: 1364-5072

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2672


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.72 SJR 0.827 SNIP 0.959


    • Journal of Clinical Microbiology

      ISSNs: 0095-1137

      American Society for Microbiology

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.65 SJR 2.314 SNIP 1.483


    • International Journal of Dairy Technology

      ISSNs: 1364-727X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1471-0307


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.49 SJR 0.519 SNIP 0.783


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