Biography


Summary of past and current research interests.

In summary my research in the past/current has been in three focused areas: Process analytical technologies (PAT) in the Biopharma and food industries; antibiotic resistance and gene mobility in the environment; low energy heat recovery;

Sensor development for PAT applications: I am an expert on Ralstonia pickettii, a persistent contaminant of high purity water which is of importance in the Biopharma industry. In seeking out a method to identify and detect R. pickettii in industrial setting, I developed an interest in sensor applications, a converging of electronic engineering, bioinformatics and microbiology for real translational applications. This research led to sensor development expertise in process analytical control (PAT) applications in rapid microbial monitoring both in the food (Bacillus spp., and salmonella spp.) and in Biopharma ( Ralstonia).

My interest in real time applications were further fostered with the interaction with iControl Solutions, a start-up company in the development of a telemetric temperature monitoring system for milk tankers, for microbial control.

Environmental research: I have an interest in environmental issues and am involved in a project on green roof developments as a source of carbon sequestering and the use of novel soil mixtures for the sustainability of green roofs.

GALGEMS: I manage a group of five scientists in developing general applications for low grade energy management systems (GALGEMS). We have achieved over €1m in industrial funding from food, computer and alumina industries in the past 6 years.

Education: As a lecturer I have been actively involved in generating web based teaching material for schools and colleges. These materials funded through EU framework programmes have been translated in multiple European languages. See www.eibe.info.

Historic Research: The historic focus of my research has been on the mobility of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment. This research initiated with my PhD thesis topic that clinical sources of antibiotics could be transferred in the environment. I demonstrated using Mu, a transposable phage, (as a research vehicle), that methylation can affect gene expression. This was a significant breakthrough. With the advent of antibiotic genes used in genetically modified food sources I was involved in the debate and subsequently published on the attitudes and regulation concerning their use.

Research Interests

In summary my research in the current/past has been in three focused areas:

1. Science Technologies including - Process analytical technologies (PAT) in the Biopharma and food industries;

2. Environment: antibiotic resistance and gene mobility in the environment; energy recovery and environmental sustainability. In particular on low energy heat recovery systems and green roof applications in carbon sequestering

3. Science Education.

Science Technologies:

Sensor development for PAT applications: I am an expert on Ralstonia pickettii, a persistent contaminant of high purity water which is of importance in the Biopharma industry. In seeking out a method to identify and detect R. pickettii in industrial setting, I developed an interest in sensor applications, a converging of electronic engineering, bioinformatics and microbiology for real translational applications. This research led to sensor development expertise in process analytical control (PAT) applications in rapid microbial monitoring both in the food (Bacillus spp., and Salmonella spp.) and in Biopharma (Ralstonia).

My interest in real time applications were further fostered with the interaction with iControl Solutions, a start-up company in the development of a telemetric temperature monitoring system for milk tankers, for microbial control.


Environmental research
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Antibiotic mobility: The mobility of pathogens and their antibiotic profile in the environment and contamination of water both ground water and potable storage tank water.

GALGEMS: I manage a group of five scientists in developing General Applications for Low Grade Energy Management Systems (GALGEMS). We have achieved over €1m in industrial funding from food, computer and alumina industries in the past 6 years.

Green Roof: I have an interest in environmental issues and am involved in a project on green roof developments as a source of carbon sequestering and the use of novel soil mixtures for the sustainability of green roofs.

Education: As a lecturer I have been actively involved in educating Science Education students to become science teachers. I have been involved in in-house service teaching to science teachers for continued professional development (CPD) programmes. Generating modern innovative approaches to learning using web based teaching material for schools and colleges. These materials funded through EU framework programmes have been translated in multiple European languages. See www.eibe.info and www.EUSEM.org




Professional Activities

Committee

  • 2006 Parental Drug Association (PDA)-Irish Chapter,
  • 2005 Microbiology subcommittee: Food Safety Authority of Ireland,
  • 2004 Royal Dublin Society(RDS): Science and Technology Committee,
  • 1994 Governing Body, New Library Development Committee,
  • 1899 Safety Committee,
  • 1899 Steering Committee for the Degree in Nursing Studies.,
  • 1899 Internal Advisory Committee to the past-president, Dr. E. Walsh as Chairman of the Science Council.,
  • 1899 Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland,
  • 1899 International Forum on Hygiene,
  • 1899 Bioethics committee University of Limerick,
  • 1899 UL Biological Safety Committee,
  • Nanotechnology subcommittee: Food Safety Authority of Ireland,

Employment

  • 2004 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer
  • 2000 Pasteur Institute - Visiting Scientist
  • 1995 University of Limerick - Lecturer
  • 1994 University of Limerick - Assistant Lecturer
  • 1992 University of Limerick - Contract Assistant Lecturer
  • 1990 Boston University School of Medicine - Research Fellow
  • 1986 Protein Databases Inc. - Consultant and Investor
  • 1983 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - Lecturer
  • 1979 University of Surrey - Research Officer
  • 1976 Medical Research Council of Ireland. - Research Assistant

Association

  • 1999 Member, Society for General Microbiology

Education

  • 1980 NUI Galway - Ph.D.
  • 1976 University College Galway - Higher Diploma in Education
  • 1975 NUI Galway - M.Sc.
  • 1973 NUI Galway - Bachelor of Science

Outreach

  • School Visits to Secondary Schools in the Mid-West region

  • Contributed to Opendays at the University of Limerick
  • Leasing with Industrial companies to acquire work for Co-Op Students

Books

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Book Chapters

Campylobacter: isolation, identification and preservation

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
New Jersey
Humana Press
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Gentechnik: Die Entwicklung der Einstellungen gegenüber den neuen Anwendungsbereichen der Gentechnologie in Ireland.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1997
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Architecture and event detection in the temperature controlled logistics supply chain.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2006
Dublin
Gemini Iternational Ltd
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Genetically Engineering our Landscape

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1999
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Thomas William Mulvaney- Historic Perspectives.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
Germany
WVT Press
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Gene technologies: emerging attitudes to the new applications of gene technology in Ireland.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2000
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Listeriosis, salmonellosis and verocytoxigenic E. coli: significance and contamination in processed meats

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
Oxford
Woodhead Publishing Ltd
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Real Time Detection of Pathogens for Food Quality Monitoring and Biosecurity.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2012
Germany
Springer and Business Media BV
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Ralstonia

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
London
Francis & Taylor CRC Press
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A review of surveillance networks of food borne diseases.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
New Jersey
Humana Press
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The Tn4371 ICE family of bacterial mobile genetic elements.

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2012
Texas
Landes Bioscience
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Pulsed field gel electrophoresis as a molecular tehcnique in Salmonella epidemiological studies

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
New Jersey
Humana Press
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Ralstonia pickettii: Biofilm Formation in High Purity Water

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2005
Cardiff
Biofilm Club
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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Development of Real-Time PCR Assays for Detection and Quantification of Bacillus cereus Group Species: Differentiation of B. weihenstephanensis and Rhizoid B. pseudomycoides Isolates from Milk

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Prevalence of Salmonella in pig ear pet treats

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Characterization of Salmonella enterica serotype typhimurium isolates from human, food, and animal sources in the Republic of Ireland

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2004
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Biochar from biomass and waste

Dr. Witold Kwapinski
Dr. James J Leahy
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Miss. Michaela Hayes
2010
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Enzymes, the workhorses of biotechnology

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
1996
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Conducting Polymers and Their Applications to Biosensors: Emphasizing on Foodborne Pathogen Detection

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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The fate of titanium miniplates and screws used in maxillofacial surgery: A 10 year retrospective study

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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A comparison and evaluation of antimicrobial susceptibility testing of enterococci performed in accordance with six national committee standardised disk diffusion procedures.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2001
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Genetically Modified Food Issues: Attitudes of Irish University Scientists.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2000
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Sphingomonas paucimobilis: a persistent gram negative nosocomial infectious agent.

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2010
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Specific PCR to identify the heavy-metal-resistant bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Genotypic and phenotypic diversity of Ralstonia pickettii and Ralstonia insidiosa isolates from clinical and environmental sources including High-purity Water. Diversity in Ralstonia pickettii

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2011
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Antibiotic resistance in dog fecal coliforms.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1981
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The interaction of anthraquinone dyes with the plasmid mediated OXO-2 beta lactamase.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1982
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Ralstonia pickettii a persistent gram negative nosocomial infectious agent.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2005
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An overview of foodborne pathogen detection: In the perspective of biosensors

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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Novel Tn4371-ICE like element in Ralstonia pickettii and Genome mining for comparative elements

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2009
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An evaluation of five preservation techniques and conventional freezing temperatures of -20 degrees C and -85 degrees C for long-term preservation of Campylobacter jejuni

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2004
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Nalidixic acid-resistant strains of Salmonella showing decreased susceptibility to fluoroquinolones in the mid-west region of the Republic of Ireland

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2003
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Ralstonia pickettii: a persistant gram-negative nonsocomial infectious organism

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2006
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Characterisation of polymer nanocomposite sensors for quantification of bacterial cultures

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2007
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Development of a PCR assay for identification of the Bacillus cereus group species

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2010
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Comparison of bioMerieux API 20NE and Remel RapID NF Plus, identification systems of type strains of Ralstonia pickettii

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
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Ciprofloxacin susceptibility testing of enterococcal urinary isolates in accordance with BSAC guidelines.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2001
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Study of IDE as a sensor head for interfacing with handheld electrochemical analyzer system

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2012
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Antibiotic resistance of faecal coliforms in hospital and city sewage in Galway.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1981
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Ralstonia pickettii in environmental biotechnology: potential and applications.

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2007
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Expression of the gin and mon genes of bacteriophage Mu.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1984
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Irish public perceptions and attitudes to modern biotechnology: an overview with a focus on GM foods

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2001
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Comparison between DNA immobilization techniques on a redox polymer matrix.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Differentiating the growing nosocomial infectious threats Ralstonia pickettii and Ralstonia insidiosa

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Biofilm formation in high purity water: ralstonia pickettii a special case for analysis

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
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A study of cross-contamination of food-borne pathogens in the domestic kitchen in the Republic of Ireland

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2002
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Methylation dependent expression of the mom gene of bacteriophage Mu.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1984
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Evolving European GM Regulation: An example of biopolitics at work.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2000
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Theoretical and Experimental Considerations for Bacteria Sterilization Using a Novel Multielectrode Dielectric-Barrier Discharge System

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
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Antibiotic resistance in fecal coliforms in the Galway area.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1979
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Nalidixic Acid-Resistant Strains of Salmonella Showing Decreased Susceptibility to Fluoroquinolones in the Midwestern Region of the Republic of Ireland Due to Mutations in the gyrA Gene

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Interactions of R46 b lactamase with inhibitors.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1982
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Life in the hot stuff: Thermophilic microorganisms

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
Prof. Gary Walsh
1997
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Other Journals

The Farmer and GM Crops

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2001
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European Initiative in Biotechnology Education

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1998
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Effect of dialectric discharge plasma on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
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Irish public perception and attitudes to modern biotechnology with a focus on GM foods.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2001
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Prevalence of Salmonella in pork sausages

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
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Ralstonia pickettii: A growing nosocomial infectious threat.

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2006
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Designing a nano based platform to detect and monitor food borne pathogens

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
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Ralstonia pickettii: A potential nosocomial infectious pathogen.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
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Ralstonia insidiosa- a potential nosocomial infectious pathogen.

Dr. Michael Ryan
Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2008
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Specific identification of the Bacillus cereus group

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
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The New Alphabet: ATCG.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1994
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BAP-like proteins associated with meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are involved in biofilm formation and virulence and may provide a target for drug intervention in Staphylococcal infection

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2007
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Perception and Attitudes to Biotechnology.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1995
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Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of clinical isolates of Salmonella and Campylobacter over a two-year period in the Mid West region of the Republic of Ireland.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2003
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Super drugs and superbugs.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1997
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Conference Publications

European Material Research Symposium- Proceedings

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2006
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SAS 2009 - IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium- Proceedings

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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SAS 2007- IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium- Proceedings

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2007
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SAS 2009 - IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium- Proceedings

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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SAS 2010- IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium - Proceedings

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2010
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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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75th European Study Group with Industry- Proceedings

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Prof. Andrew Fowler
Dr. Michael Vynnycky
2010
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CEC2004: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2004 CONGRESS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION, VOLS 1 AND 2

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2004
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35th International Microelectronics and Packaging Conference IMAPS-CPMT Poland

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Conference Contributions

Contamination and container closure integrity

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Ireland Flooding Forum

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Biofilms: Persistence and Ubiquity

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
Emeritus Prof. J Tony Pembroke
2005
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Biofilm: a systems microbiology analysis

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2007
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Antibiotic resistance

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1997
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Rapid microbial methods

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2006
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Published Reports

Food Safety Implications of Land-Spreading Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Organic Materials on Agricultural Land used for Food

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
Dublin
Food Safety Autority of Ireland
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Review of Food Safety Issues relating to Bovine Tuberculosis and Production of Unpasteurised Cheese from Raw milk

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
Dublin
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
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Application of nanotechnology in food products, food production and processing: relevance for food safety

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
Dublin
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
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Zoonotic Tuberculosis and Food Safety

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2007
Dublin
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
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Control and Management of Verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC): along the farm to fork chain

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2012
Dublin
Food Safety Autority of Ireland
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Review of the sampling and microbiological examination undertaken by the HSE, 2007 & 2008

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
Dublin
Food Safety Authority of Ireland Report
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Fostering diversity, inclusiveness and equality in science

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2005
Brussles
EU Commission- Science and Society Forum
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Mulkear River: Effects of climatic conditions on the land damage and Fish kill of August 1997.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2000
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New developments in Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosios (Map) and Crohn's disease (CD)

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2008
Dublin
Food Safety Autority of Ireland
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Editorials

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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Biotechnology; the Science and the Business

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1995
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Communicating Science to the Public.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2004
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Second Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2009
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Curriculum Development and Laboratory Methods on Biotechnology for Teachers

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1994
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PDA Europe Workshop on Biofilms: The Impact of Biofilms on Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2010
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Biotechnology for the Future.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1996
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Centre for Parliamentary Studies Brussels: 10 years after commissioning the White Paper on Food Safety in Europe- raising awareness and remaining challenges.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2010
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The Big Engineering Debate

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1999
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PDA Ireland Chapter: Contamination Control Meeting & Workshop

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2010
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Genetic Engineering our Landscape

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1999
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1st International CIGR Workshop on Food Safety: Advances and Trends

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Surveillance of Microbial Pathogens

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1999
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Irish National Flood Forum

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2011
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Science Communication: what purpose and process

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
2006
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Genetically Modified Organism and the Environment in Response to the Consultation Paper on Genetically Modified Organisms Volume 1.

Emeritus Ap. Catherine Adley
1999
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