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Alan DW Dobson

BSc(NUI 1981), PhD(NUI 1985), DSc(NUI 2005). CBiol

Professor UCC

Member ScienceElected in 2013

Professor Alan Dobson is Chair of Environmental Microbiology in the School of Microbiology UCC. From 2005-2014 he was Director of the Environmental Research Institute at UCC.  His main research interests are the study of microorganisms in either, natural or artificial environments and their potential biotechnological exploitation. His group is focused on gaining a fuller understanding of how microbes survive, grow and interact in their various ecological niches; an approach which is fundamental to their exploitation for biotechnological applications. He has to date published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers.  In 1992 Prof. Dobson was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and in 1999 the Royal Irish Academy Medal in Microbiology for his work in Environmental Microbiology.  In 2005 he was awarded a DSc in Microbiology & Molecular Biology by the National University of Ireland in recognition of his contributions to research.

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