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Microbiology - Research

Course overview
Major research themes/clusters
Research activity in Microbiology is carried out in three broad topics:

Energy and environment
Microbes are being exploited for sustainable energy generation from renewable biomass and waste, e.g., Biofuel cells, anaerobic digestion.

Marine
Marine microbiology underpins the study of climate change, marine productivity and diversity. NUI Galway researchers are studying the microbes that drive geochemical nutrient cycles.

Infectious diseases
All infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms. Research foci are; infection mechanisms, food borne illnesses, antibiotic resistance and diagnostics.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Duration

GYT33 PhD (Microbiology) full-time
GYT34 PhD (Microbiology) part-time
GYT35 MSc (Microbiology) full-time
GYT36 MSc (Microbiology)—part-time

Further enquiries

Dr. Conor O'Byrne
Tel: +353 91 493 957
Email: conor.obyrne@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/microbiology

Research areas

Areas of interest:
Molecular diagnostics
Host-pathogen studies
Microbial glycobiology
Microbial diversity in aquatic environment
Recombinant protein production
Deep ocean microbiology
Stress responses in food borne pathogens
Food borne pathogen epidemiology
Antibiotic and disinfectant resistance
Applied ecology and habitat management

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