Professor Séamus Fanning holds the Chair in Food Safety & Zoonoses at University College Dublin. He is the appointed Director of the UCD-Centre for Food Safety (UCD-CFS). Professor Fanning’s research is related to the application of whole (bacterial) genome sequencing (WGS) for the characterisation of the genetic mechanisms contributing to multiple drug resistance (MDR) to various antimicrobial compounds and tolerance to biocides as these phenotypes evolve, following selection, in a variety of food-borne pathogens (including Cronobacter, Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Campylobacter). Addtional research themes also include developing a better understanding of bacterial adaptation in food-related niches across the production chain, and how these phenotypes may contribute to evading classical hurdle-technologies.
In January 2019, in recognition for his contribution to the field of microbiology, Professor Fanning was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of American Microbiology (FAAM), and he is one of only 2,500 such fellows worldwide.