Prof. Paul Ross is Head (similar to Dean) of the College of Science Engineering and Food Science at University College Cork (UCC) since August 2014. Prior to that he was Head of the Teagasc (National) Food Research Programme (Moorepark & Ashtown Food Research Centres) which included the role of Managing Director of Moorepark Technology Ltd. – an ultramodern Dairy Pilot Plant facility.
Paul is also a Principal Investigator in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) and was the first Research Professor appointed by University College Cork (in 2012). He graduated with a B.Sc. in Microbiology/Biochemistry in 1984 and with a PhD in Microbiology in 1989, both from UCC. His main research interests are in gut microbiota, antimicrobial peptides, bacteriocins, probiotics, and anti-infectives. Paul has won many awards and was conferred in March 2009 with a D.Sc. based on published works. He was elected a member of The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in May 2010 and a Fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology (AAM) in 2014.