Professor Colin Hill MSc, PhD, DSc, MRIA
|Title||Professor of Microbial Food Safety|
4.04 Biosciences Institute
University College Cork
Colin Hill has a Ph.D in molecular microbiology and is Professor of Microbial Food Safety in the Microbiology Department of University College Cork, Ireland. He has been an SFI Principal Investigator since 2002 (renewed in 2006 and 2010). He is also a Principal Investigator in both the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC), a multidisciplinary research centre focusing on the role of gut microbiota in health and disease, and the Food for Health Ireland research centre (FHI), a multi-Institutional Centre engaged in identifying bioactive components for use in functional foods. His main interests are in infectious disease, particularly in defining the mechanisms of virulence of foodborne pathogens and in developing strategies to prevent and limit the consequences of microbial infections in the gastrointestinal tract. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and holds 13 patents in this area (H factor of 52). He served on the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland for many years. In 2005 Prof. Hill was awarded a D.Sc by the National University of Ireland in recognition of his contributions to research. In 2009 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest honour for an Irish academic. In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology and together with his colleagues Prof. Gerald Fitzgerald, Prof. Paul Ross and Dr Catherine Stanton, was awarded the Metchnikoff Prize in Microbiology.