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Prof. Gardiner has a BSc and a PhD in Microbiology from University College Cork and more than 20 years of research experience.  She leads a successful multi-disciplinary agri-food research group within the Eco-Innovation Research Centre at SETU.  Prof. Gardiner has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 4 book chapters and is an inventor on two patent applications.  She has supervised 14 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising 3.  Prof. Gardiner has obtained >€7.2 million in research funding since joining SETU and is Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on a number of projects, many with industrial partners.  She has also established and actively maintains collaborations nationally (Teagasc, UCC, NUIG, UCD) and internationally (AFBI, Northern Ireland; University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna; UTP, Poland; Agroscope, Switzerland; Aarhus University, Denmark; University of Liège, Belgium; FBN, Germany). 

Research Interests

  • Alternatives to antibiotics for animals and humans (probiotics, prebiotics, etc)
  • Microbiome (pig gut, animal feed, anaerobic digesters)
  • Biosafety of manure recycling
  • Novel antimicrobials (from marine and other sources)
  • Foodborne pathogens (e.g. Salmonella carriage in pigs).


Modules currently taught:

  • Applications of Microbiology with Biostatistics [to 4th yr BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science]
  • Microbial Ecology & Bioremediation [to 3rd yr BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science & BSc in Applied Biology]
  • Scientific Enquiry in Biology [to 2nd yr BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science & BSc in Applied Biology]
  • Foodborne Pathogens & Molecular Surveillance (to 3rd yr BSc in Food science with Business)
  • Microbiology [to 2nd yr BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science & BSc in Applied Biology]
  • Research Project [to 3rd and 4th yr BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology with Biopharmaceutical Science & 3rd and 4th yr BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology]
  • Livestock Management [to MSc in Organic & Biological Agriculture] 
  • Food, Health & Nutrition [to MSc in Organic & Biological Agriculture]


Modules previously taught:

  • Introductory Biology (to 1st yr Higher Certificate in Science/Agricultural Science) 
  • Food Microbiology (to 2nd yr BSc in Applied Biology, 2nd yr BSc in Food science with Business, 2nd yr BSc Agricultural Science) 
  • Food Regulatory Affairs (National Certificate in Good Manufacturing Practice)


Course Development:

  • Member of new course development teams e.g. BSc Food Science with Business, BSc (Hons) Food Science & Innovation; BSc (Hons) Biopharmaceutical Science with Molecular Biology, MSc Biological & Organic Agriculture
  • Member of development teams for new industry training and upskilling programmes e.g. Certificate in Analytical Microbiology (Springboard); Certificate in Science in Analytical Microbiology (Skillnet)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelors Degree, Microbiology, University College Cork

PhD, University College Cork


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