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Researcher Contact Details

Research Title: Dr.

Contact First Name: Aoife

Contact Surname: Boyd

Contact Address:

Microbiology, National University of Ireland Galway

Telephone Contact Number: 00-353-91-492404

Fax Contact Number: 00-353-91-494598

Email Address: Aoife.Boyd@nuigalway.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: Higher Education Organisation

Higher Education Organisation Name: National University of Ireland, Galway

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate:

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: http://www.nuigalway.ie/microbiology/ab.html

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Dr Boyd leads the Pathogenic Mechanisms group which characterises the molecular mechanisms deployed by bacteria in order to colonise, survive and multiply during infection. By identifying and characterising the mechanisms that a bacterium uses to ensure its survival and persistence in a human or animal, these molecular activities can then be targeted for the development of antimicrobials and therapeutics. Our primary research focus is gastrointestinal pathogens, in particular Vibrio parahaemolyticus which causes gastroenteritis after eating contaminated shellfish. V. parahaemolyticus has a severe detrimental economic impact on aquaculture, as well as being detrimental to human health. Our goal is to understand the molecular basis for the pathogenicity of Vibrio species by: Studying the occurrence of V. parahaemolyticus in marine waters. Identifying and characterising the adhesins that attach the bacteria onto host cells and to environmental surfaces to facilitate colonisation. Investigating the effect of the bacteria on host cell behaviour and how this facilitates bacterial survival. Characterising the mechanism of action of bacterial virulence proteins and toxins. As well as increasing understanding of Vibrio pathogenesis, this research promotes a broader knowledge of host manipulation by pathogenic organisms. Furthermore it aims to lead to the identification of candidate targets as diagnostic markers and for preventive and therapeutic antimicrobial strategies, thereby improving food safety and human health.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Host-pathogen interactions. Shellfish-borne infections. Marine pathogens. Molecular microbiology. Cellular microbiology. Bacterial attachment.

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

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:

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

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

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

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:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 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

 Sustainable food security

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

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:

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No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

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

Group Leader - EU Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge GAMIDI project: Gut and Microbe Interaction During Infection (2006-2009). Postdoctoral Fellow - EU Training and Mobility of Researchers Network (1998-1999)


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Biodiversity


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