Prof. Fergal O’Gara,

Funded Investigator Molecule I
University College Cork


Research interests centre on understanding the molecular basis of microbe-host interactions. Functional genomic and molecular-microbial ecology technologies are being applied to dissecting pathogen-host interactions in medical microbiology and plant-bacterial interactions applied to environmental biotechnology in sustainable agriculture and biofuel crops. Molecular and functional genomic approaches are also being applied to understand the role of marine microorganisms in ecosystem function. Additionally, we are exploiting marine-derived bioactive components for biotechnological applications.

Research Expertise

Molecular basis of microbe-host interactions

Functional genomic and molecular-microbial ecology technologies

Medical microbiology


biofuel crops


Marine-derived bioactive components for biotechnological applications


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