Professor Nicolae Corcionivoschi, Head of Food Microbiology Agri-foods and Biosciences Institute, United Kingdom
Prof. Nicolae Corcionivoschi is a Principal Scientific Officer, Head of Food Microbiology Department at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Belfast and Head of the United Kingdom Reference Laboratory for Milk and Milk Products.
Having originally studied at Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, King Michael I of Romania, Nicolae went on to study for his PhD in Microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, and continued his research career at University College Dublin and the National Children Research Centre, in Ireland. His research interests include bacterial virulence, isolation and testing of novel pre and probiotics, development of novel technologies for a more efficient detection of food-borne pathogens. His laboratory is performing advanced research in developing methodologies for quantification of Campylobacter in poultry based on virulence of individual species and also identification of novel genes involved in the pathogenesis of this microorganism. His research group is also performing research trying to understand the composition of the chicken gut microbiota and how this relates to the presence of bacteria posing a threat to human health and especially in finding ways to manipulate the gut microbiota to reduce their presence.