Director of the UCD-Centre for Food Safety, University of Dublin, Ireland
Séamus Fanning graduated with a BSc degree in Biochemistry from University College Cork in 1983. He subsequently obtained his PhD (from UCC) in molecular microbiology in 1990.
In 2002 Professor Fanning was appointed to the Chair of Food Safety & Zoonoses at University College Dublin, and is the Director of the UCD-Centre for Food Safety. Current research themes of the Centre include studies related to antimicrobial resistance; bacterial transmission across the food chain and these are focused at extending our understanding of those mechanisms, that enable bacteria to adapt to food production environments. This research work is underpinned using molecular methods, including next generation sequencing (NGS), among others. Professor Fanning’s research group has an interest in Salmonella and Cronobacter, related to low-moisture conditions and associated food matrices, such as powdered infant formula (PIF).
Professor Fanning has published more than 356 original experimental papers, along with 32 review papers, 28 book chapters and two text books. He is a member of the editorial boards of International journals including, Foodborne Pathogens & Disease; Journal of Food Protection; Microbial Drug Resistance; One Health Advances; and an Editor of a further two journals Research in Microbiology & FEMS Microbiology Letters.
In 2019, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Professor will be conferred with his DSc degree in June, 2023.
ORCID profile– http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1922-8836