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Professor Roy Sleator

Prof. Sleator graduated from University College Cork with a BSc (1H) in Microbiology, an MA (1H) in Education and a PhD in Molecular Biology, and holds a PGCert in Bioinformatics from The University of Manchester, UK.

Sleator is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB). In 2006 he was awarded the SfAM WH Pierce Prize and was the recipient of the prestigious ESCMID Research Fellowship in 2004 (joint ESCMID-FEMS), 2010 and again in 2011.

Sleator is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences and a PI at Cork Institute of Technology’s Centre for Research in Advanced Therapeutic Engineering (CREATE) and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) at UCC. He is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Bioengineered, published by Taylor and Francis.

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Academic Career
1993-1997: BSc (1H) Microbiology, University College Cork (UCC).
1997-2001: PhD Molecular Biology, UCC.
2008-2009: PGCert Bioinformatics, University of Manchester, UK.
2009-2010: MA (1H) Education, UCC.



Research Overview
Prof. Sleator’s research is focused on the identification, characterisation and control of new and emerging pathogens, with a particular focus on:
Campylobacter ureolyticus
Acinetobacter baumannii
Cronobacter sakazakii
Clostridium difficile

Sleator has authored over 135 peer reviewed papers (see Pubmed), and has an H-index of 36 (as of Dec. 2016).



Research funding
The Sleator lab, which won Pharmaceutical Lab of the Year 2014 at the Irish Laboratory Awards, has received funding from:

  • Safefood
  • FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP
  • The Health Research Board (HRB)
  • Enterprise Ireland (EI)
  • The Department of Agriculture
  • Teagasc
  • The Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
  • The Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • The Society for Applied Microbiology
  • The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases



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