Dr Joe Gallagher

PhD

Dr Joe Gallagher

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Institute Director of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation

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I graduated from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (BSc. in Biology and Chemistry, Ph.D., in antimicrobial compounds, fungal fermentation and yeast biochemistry. I have since worked in the areas of microbial and plant molecular biology, enzymology and biochemistry. Initially on the characterisation, cloning and expression of recombinant cellulases and chitinases from both fungi and bacteria, and later on the genes and enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism in grasses and clovers.

Teaching

Research

The principle aim of my research is to understand components of carbohydrate metabolism and digestibility in grasses (e.g. Miscanthus and perennial ryegrass) and to translate these to improving crop performance, processability, and substrate supply for biorefining. This involves studying gene regulation and expression, the properties of gene products and their localisation within the plant/cell. This allows us to identifying candidate genes and markers for use in gene mapping and breeding programmes.

Other research activities include biorefining of plant feedstocks to fine and bulk chemicals including biofuels. We have on-going research projects along the pipeling from feedstock to product that includes: feedstock development and agronomy; pre-processing; processing and product isolation at a range of scales (this includes microbe and enzyme discovery); valorisation of other components; modelling and process integration.

Publications

Process Optimisation of Steam Explosion Parameters on Multiple Lignocellulosic Biomass using Taguchi Method – A Critical AppraisalWalker, D. J., Gallagher, J., Winters, A., Somani, A., Ravella, S. R. & Bryant, D. 2018 In : Frontiers in Energy Research.6, 46
What cell wall components are the best indicators for Miscanthus digestibility and conversion to ethanol following variable pretreatments?Adams, J., Winters, A., Hodgson, E. & Gallagher, J. 2018 In : Biotechnology for Biofuels.11, 14 p., 67
Species variation in the effects of dewatering treatment on macroalgaeGallagher, J., Turner, L., Adams, J., Barrento, S., Dyer, P. W. & Theodorou, M. K. 2018 In : Journal of Applied Phycology.
Draft Genome Assemblies of Xylose-Utilizing Candida tropicalis and Candida boidinii with Potential Application in Biochemical and Biofuel ProductionSomani, A., Smith, D., Hegarty, M., Fernandez-Fuentes, N., Ravella, S., Gallagher, J. & Bryant, D. 2018 In : Genome Announcements.6, 7, e01594-17
Second-generation bio-based plastics are becoming a reality - Non-renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) balance of succinic acid-based plastic end products made from lignocellulosic biomass: NREU and GHG balance of succinic acid-based PBS products made from lignocellulosic biomassPatel, M. K., Bechu, A., Villegas, J. D., Bergez-lacoste, M., Yeung, K., Murphy, R., Woods, J., Mwabonje, O. N., Ni, Y., Patel, A. D., Gallagher, J. & Bryant, D. 2018 In : Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining.
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