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Dr Roy Sleator

Dr. Sleator graduated from University College Cork with a BSc in Microbiology, an MA in Education and a PhD in Molecular Biology, and holds a PGCert in Bioinformatics from The University of Manchester, UK.

In 2006 he was awarded the SfAM WH Pierce Prize and was the recipient of the prestigious ESCMID Research Fellowship in 2004 (joint ESCMID-FEMS), 2010 and again in 2011.

Sleator is a lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences and a PI at Cork Institute of Technology’s Centre for Research in Advanced Therapeutic Engineering (CREATE) and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) at UCC. He is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Bioengineered, published by Landes Bioscience, Austin Texas, USA.

Academic Career
1993-1997: BSc (1H) Microbiology, University College Cork (UCC).
1997-2001: PhD Molecular Biology, UCC.
2008-2009: PGCert Bioinformatics, University of Manchester, UK.
2009-2010: MA (1H) Education, UCC.

Research Overview
Dr Sleator’s research is focused on the identification, characterisation and control of new and emerging pathogens, with a particular focus on:

  • Campylobacter ureolyticus
  • Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Cronobacter sakazakii
  • Clostridium difficile

Sleator has authored over 90 peer reviewed papers (see Pubmed), and has an H-index of 27 (as of July, 2012).

Research funding
The Sleator lab has received funding from:

  •     FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP
  •     The Health Research Board (HRB)
  •     Enterprise Ireland (EI)
  •     The Department of Agriculture
  •     Teagasc
  •     The Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET)
  •     The Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  •     The Society for Applied Microbiology
  •     The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Public Engagement

  •     Dangerous Knowledge (Science Spin)
  •     Dr Roy Sleator on CIT’s role in miracle drug discovery (Silicone Republic)
  •     The revolution uniting ICT with bioscience (Silicone Republic)
  •     Cork’s Biotech stars (Silicone Republic)
  •     A snapshot of HRB funded research (Sleator lab featured on p. 34)
  •     Study discovers bug behind most food poisoning (Irish Examiner)
  •     New ways to fight bacteria (LA Times article)
  •     We are only 10% human the rest is pure microbe (The Daily Mail)
  •     Eye-catching discoveries (The Irish Times)
  •     The first synthetic cell (Science Spin)
  •     The gong of small things (The Irish Times)
  •     Code Overload (Science Spin)
  •     Modified bacteria kill infections (The Irish Medical Times)
  •     Gut Bacteria Know Secrets About Your Future (The Daily Telegraph)
  •     How to beat the 'superbugs' (Science Spin)

Teaching Areas

  •     Computational Biology (MSc)
  •     Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (BSc)