5 Teagasc researchers recognised on prestigious world list

Five Teagasc researchers have been named among the top 1% in the world for highly cited papers in the Clarivate list of Highly Cited Researchers.

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field, through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Their names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.

Teagasc researchers named

Professor Declan Bolton, principal research officer, Food Safety Department at Teagasc Food Research Centre and adjunct professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD).

His research focuses on controlling bacterial pathogens along the food chain; shelf-life and the prevention of food spoilage; and the public and veterinary health aspects of green technologies such as anaerobic digestion.

Professor Paul Cotter, head of the Department of Food Biosciences at Teagasc Food Research Centre, principal investigator in APC Microbiome Ireland and VistaMilk and CTO of the Teagasc/APC spin-out, SeqBiome.

Cotter’s research focuses on the microbiology and microbiomes of food (especially fermented and other dairy foods); food processing and production environments; and the gastrointestinal tract with a view to maintaining/establishing a healthy gut through dietary interventions, especially in athletes.

Professor Catherine Stanton, senior principal research officer, Teagasc, Department of Psychiatry, University College Cork (UCC) and APC Microbiome Ireland.

Her research includes nutritional aspects of dairy and functional foods; probiotic cultures; bioactive metabolite production; infant gut microbiota; and healthy proteins and fats that are produced by gut bacteria.

Professor Brijesh Tiwari, principal research officer, Food Chemistry and Technology Department at Teagasc Food Research Centre and professor (adjunct) UCD.

His research includes application of novel food processing; extraction and preservation technologies; with a strong focus on the investigation of biochemical aspects of food and food products.

A particular focus of his current research relates to the investigation of green and sustainable solutions to food industry challenges.

Dr. Paul Allen is a retired principal research officer from Teagasc, whose research interests covered a range of cutting-edge approaches to important meat research challenges.

These include assurance of meat palatability; application of imaging and spectroscopic methods to prediction of meat eating quality; optimising and controlling colour in fresh meat; packaging solutions for fresh meat; objective carcass evaluation; and innovation in healthier meat products.

The prestigious list of researchers

The methodology that determines the who’s who of researchers draws on data and analysis performed by experts at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate.

More than 6,000 researchers around the world (33 in Ireland), in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences, and cross field categories were selected based on the number of highly cited papers they produced over an 11-year period from January 2009 to December 2019.