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Dr Paula Bourke

Lecturer, School of Food Science and Environmental Health.


Phone: +353 1 402 7594



Research Interests

Dr Paula Bourke is a Microbiology lecturer in the School of Food Science and Environmental Health. She has extensive experience in the development and characterisation of anti-microbial treatments and processes as well as food and beverage safety retention using non-thermal technologies (natural antimicrobials, MAP, cold plasma, ultrasound, ozone).

Additional Information

Dr Bourke established the Food and Health Research Centre within DIT in 2010 including Non-thermal technologies as a key strand of research.  The F&HRC consolidates the food safety & quality research strand of the PRTLI-funded Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute. She currently leads the DIT Plasma research group and manages all their activities, and supervises the microbiological research of 9 postgraduate students and 3 postdoctoral researchers. She currently manages a large research team on 3 nationally funded projects (FIRM, SFI) and 2 EU-funded projects as co-PI.

She has supervised 4 PhD students, 4 Masters students and 1 PgDip research student to completion. Dr Bourke attended the University of Limerick where she was awarded her BSc Industrial Biochemistry in 1995, and a PhD in Food Microbiology in 2000. She has more than 930 citations and 92 publications including;

  • 24 senior authored papers
  • 33 journal articles, 4 reviews
  • 8 book chapters
  • 42 conference publications.