ENVIRONMENTAL-RESEARCH-small_03Key research focus reflect the long established reputation, capabilities and specialisations of staff across the Bioscience Research Institute (BRI) in the domains of microbiology, toxicology (cyto-, geno-, eco- and nanotoxicology), parasitology, analytical chemistry, and cell and molecular biology.

Areas of specific focus include water quality as it pertains to rapid detection and
decontamination of microbial (including Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia) and chemical pollutants (including pharmaceutically active compounds such as endocrine
disrupting chemicals). Specifically, minimal processing activities include development of pulsed UV (PUV), pulsed-plasma gas-discharge (PPGD), pulsed electric fields (PEF)
combined with conventional approaches such as ozonation or alternative or
complementary systems such as electron or e-beam (established partnership with
Synergy Health Plc). Other areas of environmental research focus include bioremediation (xenobiotic degradation), ecology (fish biology) and development of smart biosensor that are also facilitated through collaborative partnership with other Higher Education Institutes (including NUIG, DCU, NUIM, QUB) and with enterprise (including Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies).

These projects are frequently linked with enterprise and are also aligned with core strategic needs identified by both the National the Irish Strategy for Higher Education 2030 and Growing the Delivery of Strategically Oriented, Impact Focused Research, Development and Innovation in the Institutions of Technology (March 2013) as also have an important nexus to sustainable food production and processing (such as Dairy, Marine Fisheries and Seafood). Publically-funded research projects have been facilitated through various bodies including the National Environmental Protection Agency and Science Foundation Ireland Programmes, and EU FP7 and Interreg Programmes.

Key staff in these specialist areas:

Novel water processing and quality:

Environmental and Toxicology:

Microbiology and Parasitology:

Analytical chemistry:

Cell and molecular biology and Cell Culture:
Recent publications in this area:

Garvey, M., Clifford E., Rowan N.J. 2013. Efficacy of
measuring cellular ATP levels to determine the inactivation of pulsed UV treated Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts suspended in water. Water Science and Technology – Water Supply 13.2, 202-213 (doi: 10.2166/ws.20.13.010).

Garvey, M., Farrell, H, Cormican M, Rowan N J. (2010). Investigations of the relationship between use of in vitro cell culture-quantitative PCR and a mouse-based bioassay for evaluating critical factors affecting the disinfection performance of pulsed UV light for treating Cryptosporidium parvum oocyts in saline. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 80: 267-273.