Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

The Catalogue of Irish Expertise in Environmental Research provides an insight into Irish Companies and Research Organisations active in the field of Environmental Research. You can View and Search the profiles of Irish researchers and companies; Register your profile; Keep it up-to-date; but also post your Partner Search Request or Expression of interest in a specific Call.

This is an Individual Researcher Profile

Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Fiona

Contact Surname: Walsh

Contact Address:

Department of Biology, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Co Kildare

Telephone Contact Number: 00 353 1474 7246

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address:

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Understanding antibiotic resistance and infectious diseases from source to sink. The world of antibiotic resistance and infectious diseases are not confined to human pathogens. The research of this laboratory investigates different micro biomes (water, soil) as reservoirs of current and novel antibiotic resistance mechanisms and infectious diseases and traces these resistance mechanisms through the food chain or other pathways into the human microbiome. The goals include identifying reservoirs of current and future antibiotic resistance and infectious diseases, understanding how these are selected and spread from outside the patient/hospital to within humans. Techniques include microbiology, molecular biology, metagenomics and functional metagenomics.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Microbiology Antibiotic resistance Infectious diseases Ecology Metagenomics Microbiomes Bacteriology Soil Water Animal Human

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change

Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

I am part of an EU consortium with expertise in water and waste water treatment in relation to microbiology and antibiotic resistance. This consortium also includes mathematical modellers, risk assessment experts and engineers as well as bioinformaticians.We have submitted a proposal under the Water JPI Water Challenges for a Changing World under the topic Emerging water contaminants – anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens in December 2013. I am also involved in the submission of a COST Action on the use and reuse of water and wastewater.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

Focus Areas

 Personalising health and care

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.

Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

LIFE and COST Actions

Go to the LIFE website
Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency


 Environmental Governance and Information

COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:

Cost Actions: ES1403: Nereus: New and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse TD0803 Detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe (DARE) Co-chairperson of working group 3 ESSEM COST Action ES1103 Microbial ecology & the earth system: collaborating for insight and success with the new generation of sequencing tools

Contact the EPA:

PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
053-916 0600
Other EPA locations