Maire Moriarty

MSc, Dip Safety, Health and Welfare at Work


Tel: +353 1 402 7564

Fax: +353 1 878 8978






I obtained a BSc in Industrial Microbiology (major) and Biochemistry (minor) in UCD. I then completed an MSc (by thesis) in the Department of Industrial Microbiology, UCD in the area of enzyme technology. I subsequently lectured in Microbiology in UCD. I now lecture in Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Quality Management, Food Science and Food Safety to students at Diploma, Degree and Masters level in the School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Faculty of Tourism and Food, DIT.

Research Interests

  • Spread of food-borne pathogens in domestic environments
  • Microbial biofilms
  • Microbiological risk assessment
  • Clean room technology

Current Research Projects

  • Participant in the Food Research Unit for Investigation of the Safety and Quality of Innovative Minimal Processing funded under TSR Strand 111 2002-2005
  • Evaluation and Control of Microorganisms in Domestic Kitchens


  1. Tierney, J., Moriarty, M. and Kearney, L. (2002). The sink environment as a source of microbial contamination in the domestic kitchen. Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation 22 (9), 14-22.
  2. Tierney, J., Kearney, L. and Moriarty, M. (2002). A comparative study of surface-biofilm testing. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Food Science and Technology Research Conference, September 12-13, 2002. University College Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland. Abstract published in The Irish Journal of Agriculture and Food Research.
  3. Tierney, J., Kearney, L. and Moriarty, M. (2002). A comparison of disinfectant surface testing techniques under varying environmental conditions. Proceedings of the Biofilms in Industry, Medicine and Environmental Technology Euro Summer School, August 16-21 2002. NUI, Galway.
  4. Tierney, J., Kearney, L. and Moriarty, M. (2001). The Cleaning Cloth as a Source and Disseminator of Microbial Contamination in the Domestic Kitchen. Environmental Health Officers Yearbook 2001-2002.

Supervision of Postgraduate Research


The evaluation and control of microorganisms in domestic kitchens; MPhil project transferred to PhD register (2002); funded under DIT Scholarship Programme.

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