Dr. Gerard Fleming


Contact Details

Senior Lecturer
Dept. of Microbiology
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3562
E: ger.fleming@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I am a Lecturer and Researcher in the Discipline of Microbiology. I have almost thirty-year’s experience of teaching microbiology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels  within this university and I am course co-director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Microbiology. I currently contribute in excess of 345 direct contact hours to teaching taught programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am the director of the Microbial Oceanography Research Unit with a research focus on the role played by microorganisms in the deep ocean, their potential for the biodiscovery of marine drugs from microorganisms and phytoplankton.   I have also research interests in microorganisms and infectious diseases in relation to the development of antimicrobial resistance (biocide and antibiotic) among human pathogens and ibioaersol transmission of pathogens.  I have also a keen interest in industrial microbiology regarding bioprocess technology and evaluation of disinfectant efficacy.

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Research Interests

My research Interests can be described as belonging broadly to the fields of Deep Sea Microbiology, Infectious Disease and the development of resistance to antimicrobials and Industrial Microbiology. I have generated approximately €4.4 M in total funding and €1.09M in direct income to my laboratory.  Research output from the antimicrobial/biocide research theme has achieved recognition on the world stage in 2010 as a result of a press release of a paper I authored which linked antibiotic and disinfectant resistance in microbial pathogens. As leader of the Marine Organisms Research Unit (which I established in 2006), I have fostered collaborative research with international partners across Europe (Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Polytechnic Greece and Germany) and the UK (British Antarctic Survey).  I have shown innovation and adaptability by synergising the antimicrobial susceptibility/ and marine microbiology themes to a central theme of marine biodiscovery for novel antimicrobials (phytoplankton and deep sea microorganisms). The former is funded by the Science Foundation Ireland Investigator Programme (2013) in collaboration with Dr. Touzet (I.T. Sligo). The latter is in collaboration with Professor Tasdemir (Professor of Natural Product Chemistry and Marine Biodiscovery, School of Chemistry, NUIG). I am a member of  the Biodiversity and Bioresources, Marine and Costal Processes, Environment and Health priority research area clusters (Ryan) and of the Infectious Disease Group (Microbiology and affiliated to NCBES). I have supervised three Ph.D. students and one M.Sc. (by research) to completion and eleven minor theses for taught M.Sc. programmes. I have supervised two post-doctoral researchers and I currently direct the research of seven Ph.D. students. I have published 18 peer-reviewed papers, two book chapters and 7 conference papers as proceedings

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Physiology and molecular biology of microalgae for the biorefining of valuable Metabolites 01-APR-13 31-MAR-17
NECON BIOFIRM PROJECT EI IV 2012 1224 DR GER FLEMING 20-FEB-12 30-OCT-16
SGM Summer Studentship 01-MAY-11 29-JUL-11
Enhanced technical performance for eggs and larvae 04-APR-11 28-OCT-11
duplicated account do not use 01-NOV-10 31-OCT-13
IRCSET POSTGRAD RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP GERARD FLEMING/SARAH COSGRAVE 01-NOV-10 31-OCT-14
Thomas Crawford Hayes Fund (SNS, NUIG) 01-APR-09 01-APR-09
Aerosol and Waterborne Particulate Analysis Facility, NUIG 01-NOV-08 04-NOV-09
RCS EMBARK AILEEN GILL G FLEMING BACTERIA IN MED 01-NOV-08 31-OCT-13
Science Foundation Ireland Infectious Disease EUREKA Site, 01-MAY-08 02-MAY-11
Higher Education Authority: The Research Facilities Enhancement Scheme 06-MAR-08 06-NOV-08
IRCSET:EUROCORES EURODEEP PROG - Ger Fleming 20-DEC-07 18-JUL-13
Transfer of knowledge required to understand cross-talk between host and pathogen during Infection 01-NOV-07 01-NOV-13
H & S AUTH EES HAZARDS ANIMAL SECTOR FLEMING 01-JUN-06 31-MAR-07
icrobial biodiversity and community structure of deep waters of the N.E. Atlantic 01-SEP-05 31-AUG-08
Science Foundation Ireland Infectious Disease EUREKA Site 02-MAY-05 01-SEP-08
IRCSET RS 04 83 DAVID MC CARTHY G FLEMING 01-OCT-04 30-APR-09
Adaptive Responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Benzalkonium chloride in Chemostat Culture 01-SEP-04 31-AUG-13
Development of antibiotic and disinfectant resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa 01-SEP-04 31-AUG-07
MF2003 MF98 03 M GERARD FLEMING 01-MAY-04 20-JUL-07
Benzalkonium Cl Research- Fleming 18-FEB-04 31-DEC-24
MF2002 MF79 02 M GERARD FLEMING 01-APR-03 14-JUL-05

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Tandem Amplification of the Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec Element Can Drive High-Level Methicillin Resistance in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus'
Gallagher, LA,Coughlan, S,Black, NS,Lalor, P,Waters, EM,Wee, B,Watson, M,Downing, T,Fitzgerald, JR,Fleming, GTA,O'Gara, JP (2017) 'Tandem Amplification of the Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec Element Can Drive High-Level Methicillin Resistance in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus'. Antimicrobial Agents And Chemotherapy, 61 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'A Novel Mechanism, Linked to Cell Density, Largely Controls Cell Division in Synechocystis'
Esteves-Ferreira, AA,Inaba, M,Obata, T,Fort, A,Fleming, GTA,Araujo, WL,Fernie, AR,Sulpice, R (2017) 'A Novel Mechanism, Linked to Cell Density, Largely Controls Cell Division in Synechocystis'. Plant Physiol, 174 :2166-2182 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Rapid chemotaxonomic profiling for the identification of high-value carotenoids in microalgae'
Dónal Mc Gee, Lorraine Archer, Andrea Paskuliakova, Gary R Mc Coy, Gerard TA Fleming, Eoin Gillespie, Nicolas Touzet (2017) 'Rapid chemotaxonomic profiling for the identification of high-value carotenoids in microalgae'. Journal Of Applied Phycology, :1-15 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Antibacterial Potential of an Antimicrobial Agent Inspired by Peroxidase-Catalyzed Systems'
Tonoyan, L,Fleming, GTA,Mc Cay, PH,Friel, R,O'Flaherty, V (2017) 'Antibacterial Potential of an Antimicrobial Agent Inspired by Peroxidase-Catalyzed Systems'. Frontiers In Microbiology, 8 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Nutrient, metal and microbial loss in surface runoff following treated sludge and dairy cattle slurry application to an Irish grassland soil'
Peyton, DP,Healy, MG,Fleming, GTA,Grant, J,Wall, D,Morrison, L,Cormican, M,Fenton, O (2016) 'Nutrient, metal and microbial loss in surface runoff following treated sludge and dairy cattle slurry application to an Irish grassland soil'. Science Of The Total Environment, 541 :218-229 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Comparative summer dynamics of surface cyanobacterial communities in two connected lakes from the west of Ireland'
Touzet, N,McCarthy, D,Gill, A,Fleming, GTA (2016) 'Comparative summer dynamics of surface cyanobacterial communities in two connected lakes from the west of Ireland'. Science Of The Total Environment, 553 :416-428 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Spatio-temporal distribution of construction and demolition (C&D) waste disposal on wetlands: A case study'
Staunton, J;Williams, CD;Morrison, L;Henry, T;Fleming, GTA;Gormally, MJ (2015) 'Spatio-temporal distribution of construction and demolition (C&D) waste disposal on wetlands: A case study'. Land Use Policy, 49 :43-52 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Evolution of the MIDTAL microarray: the adaption and testing of oligonucleotide 18S and 28S rDNA probes and evaluation of subsequent microarray generations with Prymnesium spp. cultures and field samples'
McCoy, GR,Touzet, N,Fleming, GTA,Raine, R (2015) 'Evolution of the MIDTAL microarray: the adaption and testing of oligonucleotide 18S and 28S rDNA probes and evaluation of subsequent microarray generations with Prymnesium spp. cultures and field samples'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 22 :9704-9716 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Spatio-temporal distribution of construction and demolition (C&D) waste disposal on wetlands: A case study'
Staunton, J,Williams, CD,Morrison, L,Henry, T,Fleming, GTA,Gormally, MJ (2015) 'Spatio-temporal distribution of construction and demolition (C&D) waste disposal on wetlands: A case study'. Land Use Policy, 49 :43-52 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'An assessment of RNA content in Prymnesium parvum, Prymnesium polylepis, cf. Chattonella sp. and Karlodinium veneficum under varying environmental conditions for calibrating an RNA microarray for species detection'
G. R. McCoy, J. U. Kegel, N. Touzet, G. T. A. Fleming, L. K. Medlin and R. Raine (2014) 'An assessment of RNA content in Prymnesium parvum, Prymnesium polylepis, cf. Chattonella sp. and Karlodinium veneficum under varying environmental conditions for calibrating an RNA microarray for species detection'. Fems Microbiology Ecology, Accepted manuscript online: 7 JAN 2014 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Challenges in Assessing Ecological Impacts of Construction and Demolition Waste on Wetlands: A Case Study'
Staunton, J,Williams, CD,Mc Donnell, RJ,Fleming, GTA,Henry, T,Gormally, MJ (2014) 'Challenges in Assessing Ecological Impacts of Construction and Demolition Waste on Wetlands: A Case Study'. Applied Ecology And Environmental Research, 12 :457-479 [Details]
(2014) 'CHALLENGES IN ASSESSING ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE ON WETLANDS: A CASE STUDY'
Staunton, J;Williams, CD;Mc Donnell, RJ;Fleming, GTA;Henry, T;Gormally, MJ (2014) 'CHALLENGES IN ASSESSING ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE ON WETLANDS: A CASE STUDY'. Applied Ecology And Environmental Research, 12 :457-479 [Details]
(2014) 'Monitoring a toxic bloom of Alexandrium minutum using novel microarray and multiplex surface plasmon resonance biosensor technology'
G. R. McCoy, S. McNamee, K. Campbell, C. T. Elliott, G. T. A. Fleming and R. Raine (2014) 'Monitoring a toxic bloom of Alexandrium minutum using novel microarray and multiplex surface plasmon resonance biosensor technology'. Harmful Algae, 32 :40-48 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Contrasting Responses to Nutrient Enrichment of Prokaryotic Communities Collected from Deep Sea Sites in the Southern Ocean'
McCarthy, David M.; Pearce, David A.; Patching, John W.; Fleming, Gerard T.A. (2013) 'Contrasting Responses to Nutrient Enrichment of Prokaryotic Communities Collected from Deep Sea Sites in the Southern Ocean'. Biology, 146, 96-99, 2 (3):1165-1188 [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2013) 'Molecular fingerprinting of lacustrian cyanobacterial communities: regional patterns in summer diversity'
Touzet, N,McCarthy, D,Fleming, GTA (2013) 'Molecular fingerprinting of lacustrian cyanobacterial communities: regional patterns in summer diversity'. Fems Microbiology Ecology, 86 :444-457 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'An evaluation of the applicability of microarrays for monitoring toxic algae in Irish coastal waters'
McCoy, GR,Touzet, N,Fleming, GTA,Raine, R (2013) 'An evaluation of the applicability of microarrays for monitoring toxic algae in Irish coastal waters'. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 20 :6751-6764 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'An investigation of the physiology and potential role of components of the deep ocean bacterial community (of the NE Atlantic) by enrichments carried out under minimal environmental change'
Egan, ST,McCarthy, DM,Patching, JW,Fleming, GTA (2012) 'An investigation of the physiology and potential role of components of the deep ocean bacterial community (of the NE Atlantic) by enrichments carried out under minimal environmental change'. Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers, 61 :11-20 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Workplace exposure to bioaerosols in podiatry clinics'
Coggins, M., Hogan, V., Fleming, G., Tynan, T., Kelly, M., Roberts, N., Thorne, P.S. (2012) 'Workplace exposure to bioaerosols in podiatry clinics'. Annals Of Occupational Hygiene, 56 (6):746-753 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Effect of subinhibitory concentrations of benzalkonlum chloride on the competitiveness of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in continuous culture'
Mc Cay, PH,Ocampo-Sosa, AA,Fleming, GTA (2010) 'Effect of subinhibitory concentrations of benzalkonlum chloride on the competitiveness of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in continuous culture'. Microbiology-Sgm, 156 :30-38 [DOI] [Details]
(2010) 'Enrichment of acetogenic bacteria in high rate anaerobic reactors under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions'
Ryan, P,Forbes, C,McHugh, S,O'Reilly, C,Fleming, GTA,Colleran, E (2010) 'Enrichment of acetogenic bacteria in high rate anaerobic reactors under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions'. Water Research, 44 :4261-4269 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'Exposure asessment to airborne contaminants in the indoor environment of Irish swine farms'
Mc Donnell, PE,Coggins, MA,Hogan, VJ,Fleming, GT (2008) 'Exposure asessment to airborne contaminants in the indoor environment of Irish swine farms'. Annals Of Agricultural And Environmental Medicine, 15 :323-326 [Details]
(2008) 'Reducing inter-operator variation in disc diffusion assays by the inclusion of internal controls in a standard susceptibility test protocol'
Smith, P,Fleming, GTA,Carroll, C (2008) 'Reducing inter-operator variation in disc diffusion assays by the inclusion of internal controls in a standard susceptibility test protocol'. Aquaculture, 285 :273-276 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'A Study of the Adaptations Campylobacter jejuni to Antibiotic Selection Pressures in Chemostat Culture'
Duignan, O., Fleming, G. T. A., and Carroll, C. V. (2007) 'A Study of the Adaptations Campylobacter jejuni to Antibiotic Selection Pressures in Chemostat Culture'. Zoonoses And Public Health, 54 (1):39-39 [Details]
(2007) 'The advantages of the use of discs containing single agents in disc diffusion testing of the susceptibility of Aeromonas salmonicida to potentiated sulphonarnides'
Douglas, I,Ruane, NM,Geary, M,Carroll, C,Fleming, GTA,McMurray, J,Smith, P (2007) 'The advantages of the use of discs containing single agents in disc diffusion testing of the susceptibility of Aeromonas salmonicida to potentiated sulphonarnides'. Aquaculture, 272 :118-125 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'Application of normalised resistance interpretation to disc diffusion data on the susceptibility of Aeromonas salmonicida to three quinolone agents'
Ruane, NM,Douglas, I,Geary, M,Carroll, C,Fleming, GTA,Smith, P (2007) 'Application of normalised resistance interpretation to disc diffusion data on the susceptibility of Aeromonas salmonicida to three quinolone agents'. Aquaculture, 272 :156-167 [DOI] [Details]
(2007) 'Impact of inter-lab variation on the estimation of epidemiological cut-off values for disc diffusion susceptibility test data for Aeromonas salmonicida'
Smith, P,Ruane, NM,Douglas, I,Carroll, C,Kronvall, G,Fleming, GTA (2007) 'Impact of inter-lab variation on the estimation of epidemiological cut-off values for disc diffusion susceptibility test data for Aeromonas salmonicida'. Aquaculture, 272 :168-179 [DOI] [Details]
(2006) 'The effect of NaCl on measures of the antimicrobial agent susceptibility of Aeromonas salmonicida in standard disc diffusion assays'
Douglas, I,Smith, P,Fleming, GTA (2006) 'The effect of NaCl on measures of the antimicrobial agent susceptibility of Aeromonas salmonicida in standard disc diffusion assays'. Bulletin Of The European Association Of Fish Pathologists, 26 :232-235 [Details]
(2003) 'Linezolid compared with eperezolid, vancomycin, and gentamicin in an in vitro model of antimicrobial lock therapy for Staphylococcus epidermidis central venous catheter-related biofilm infections'
Curtin, J,Cormican, M,Fleming, G,Keelehan, J,Colleran, E (2003) 'Linezolid compared with eperezolid, vancomycin, and gentamicin in an in vitro model of antimicrobial lock therapy for Staphylococcus epidermidis central venous catheter-related biofilm infections'. Antimicrobial Agents And Chemotherapy, 47 :3145-3148 [DOI] [Details]
(2002) 'The effect of levofloxacin concentration on the development and maintenance of antibiotic-resistant clones of Escherichia coli in chemostat culture'
Fleming, GT,McCarthy, DM,Colombet, N,Patching, JW (2002) 'The effect of levofloxacin concentration on the development and maintenance of antibiotic-resistant clones of Escherichia coli in chemostat culture'. Journal Of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 29 :155-162 [DOI] [Details]
(1994) 'Plasmid instability in an industrial strain of Bacillus subtilis grown in continuous culture'
Fleming, G.T; Patching J.W. (1994) 'Plasmid instability in an industrial strain of Bacillus subtilis grown in continuous culture'. Journal Of Industrial Microbiology, 13 :106-111 [Details]
(1988) 'The isolation of strains of Bacillus subtilis showing improved plasmid stability characteristics by means of selective chemostat culture'
FLEMING, G,DAWSON, MT,PATCHING, JW (1988) 'The isolation of strains of Bacillus subtilis showing improved plasmid stability characteristics by means of selective chemostat culture'. Journal Of General Microbiology, 134 :2095-2101 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Contrasting Responses to Nutrient Enrichment of Prokaryotic Communities Collected from Deep Sea Sites in the Southern Ocean'
David M. McCarthy, David A. Pearce, John W. Patching and Gerard T.A. Fleming (2016) 'Contrasting Responses to Nutrient Enrichment of Prokaryotic Communities Collected from Deep Sea Sites in the Southern Ocean' In: Polar Microbiology: Recent Advances and Future Perspectives. Basael, Switzerland: MDPI. [Details]
(2008) 'The Fermenter in Research and Development'
Fleming, G. T. and J. W. Patching (2008) 'The Fermenter in Research and Development' In: Practical Fermentation Technology. UK: John Wiley and Sons LTD. [DOI] [Details]
(2003) 'Industrial biofilms: formation, problems and control'
Patching, J. W. & Fleming, G. T. A. (2003) 'Industrial biofilms: formation, problems and control' In: Biofilms in Medicine, Industry and Environmental Biotechnology:characteristics, analysis and control. UK: IWA Publishing, London;UK. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2008) Abstracts of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Ocampo-Sosa, A; Calvo, K and Fleming GTA (2008) Possible role of ELaB in antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium Abstracts of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Washington DC, , 25-OCT-08 - 28-OCT-08 [Details]
(2006) ESAI Colloquium proceedings
McCay, P.H., & Fleming G. T.A. (2006) The influence of environmental conditions on promoting disinfectant-mediated resistance to antibiotics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa ESAI Colloquium proceedings Sligo, , pp.71-73 [Details]
(2002) Abstracts of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Curtin, J; Fleming, GT, Cormican MG and Colleran E (2002) In vitro study of vancomycin and lizenloid antimicrobial lock therapy for eradication of Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm Abstracts of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy San Diego, CA, [Details]
(1989) Energy from Biomass 4: Proceedings of the third contractors meeting
Morgan, E., Fleming, G., Patching, J.W. and Colleran, E. (1989) Comparison of solid-state and conventional alcoholic fermentation of sugar crops in an integrated biomass refinery process Energy from Biomass 4: Proceedings of the third contractors meeting Paestum, Italy, , pp.461-466 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2017) Health and water quality impacts arising from the landspreading of biosolids.
Healy, M.G., Fenton, O., Cummins, E., Clarke, R., Peyton, D., Fleming, G., Wall, D., Morrison, L., Cormican, M. (2017) Health and water quality impacts arising from the landspreading of biosolids. EPA, Wexford. [Details]
(2007) Exposure Assessment to airborne contaminants in the indoor environment of Irish Swine Farms. Health and Safety Authority Research Series.
Mc Donnell, P., Coggins, M., Hogan, V., Fleming, G. (2007) Exposure Assessment to airborne contaminants in the indoor environment of Irish Swine Farms. Health and Safety Authority Research Series. HSA, Dublin. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2016) Microbiology Society Conference,
Tonoyan ,L, McCay,P, Fleming, GTA, O’Flaherty, V (2016) SGM Annual Conference. [Poster Presentation], Microbiology Society Conference, Liverpool, UK , 21-MAR-16 - 24-MAR-16. [Details]
(2016) 19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algae Biotechnology,
Dónal Mc Gee, Lorraine Archer, Eoin Gillespie, Gerard Fleming, (2016) Bioprospecting Irish Microalgae for the Biorefinery of High-value Pigments and Biopharmaceuticals. [Refereed Abstracts], 19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algae Biotechnology, Bancock, Thialand , 15-NOV-16 - 18-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) 19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algae Biotechnology,,
Donal McGee, Lorraine Archer, Eoin Gillespie, Gerard Fleming, Nicolas Touzet (2016) Bioprospecting Irish Microalgae for the Biorefinery of High-Value Pigments and Biopharmaceuticals. [Invited Oral Presentation], 19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algae Biotechnology,, Bancock, Thialand , 15-NOV-16 - 18-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference,
Healy, M.G., Fenton, O., Cummins, E., Clarke, R., Peyton, D.P., Fleming, G.T.A., Wall, D., Morrison, L., Cormican, M. (2016) Investigations into potential risks associated with the use of treated municipal sludge on agricultural land. [Oral Presentation], European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Edinburgh , 15-NOV-16 - 16-NOV-16. [Details]
(2016) British Phycology Society Meeting,
Donal Mc Gee, Lorraine Archer, Eoin Gillespie, Gerard Fleming, Nicolas Touzet (2016) Microalgae Pigments: Bioprospecting, Biodiscovery & Biorefinery. [Invited Oral Presentation], British Phycology Society Meeting, Bournemouth, UK , 26-JUN-16. [Details]
(2016) 19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algae Biotechnology,
Dónal Mc Gee1*, Lorraine Archer1, Eoin Gillespie, Gerard Fleming, Nicolas Touzet (2016) Biodiscovery. [Oral Presentation], 19th Asia-Pacific Conference on Algae Biotechnology, Bangkok, Thailand , 15-NOV-16 - 19-NOV-16. [Details]
(2015) International Conference on Solid Wastes 2015: Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Resource Management,
Healy, M.G., Morrison, L., Forrestal, P.J., Peyton, D., Fleming, G.T.A., Danaher, M., Wall, D., Cormican, M., Fenton, O. (2015) Characterisation of metal concentrations in treated municipal sludge in Ireland and impacts on runoff water quality following land application. [Oral Presentation], International Conference on Solid Wastes 2015: Knowledge Transfer for Sustainable Resource Management, Hong Kong SAR, China , 19-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) SGM Irish Dividion Meeting,
Lillit Tonynon, PM McCay, GTA Fleming, V O'Flaherty (2015) Characterisation of a Novel Antiicrobial System. [Poster Presentation], SGM Irish Dividion Meeting, Galway , 15-JUN-15 - 18-JUN-15. [Details]
(2015) ENVIRON 2015,
Dónal Mc Gee, Lorraine Archer, Gary Mc Coy, Eoin Gillespie, Gerard Fleming, Nicolas Touzet (2015) Chemotaxonomy of microalgae isolated from the West coast of Ireland. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2015, IT Sligo , 09-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) Microbial Interphases,
Lillit Tonynon, Paul McCay, Gerard TA Fleming, Vincent O'Flaherty (2015) Microbial Interphases. [Poster Presentation], Microbial Interphases, Galway, Ireland , 17-JUN-15 - 19-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) Microbial Interphases,
Fleming Gerard, O'Flaherty V (2015) SGM Irish Division Meeting. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Microbial Interphases, NUI,Galway , 17-JUN-15 - 19-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) SGM Irish Division Meeting,
Lillit Tonynon, Paul McCay, Gerard Fleming and Vincent O’Faherty (2015) Microbial Interphases. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], SGM Irish Division Meeting, Galway, ireland , 17-JUN-15 - 19-JUN-15. [Details]
(2014) British Phycology Society Meeting,
Dónal Mc Gee, Lorraine Archer, Dr. Eoin Gillespie, Dr. Gerard Fleming, Dr. Nicolas Touzet (2014) Bio-prospecting the water bodies of the west coast of Ireland for high-value carotenoids from microalgae. [Poster Presentation], British Phycology Society Meeting, Galway , 23-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014) ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting,
Healy, M.G., Peyton, D., Fleming, G., Danaher, M., Morrison, L., Wall, D., Grant, J., Cormican, M., Fenton, O. (2014) Measurement of surface runoff of mixed contaminants arising from the landspreading of treated sewage sludge. [Oral Presentation], ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA , 02-NOV-14 - 05-NOV-14. [Details]
(2011) Aquatic Sciences Meeting,
Touzet, N, McCarthy, D, Kilroy, K, Ham R, Fleming G (2011) Comparative dynamics of cyanobacteria communities in two west Irish lakes. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Diego , 21-FEB-11 - 25-FEB-11. [Details]
(2011) Microbiology Spring Conference 2011,
Gerard Fleming (2011) Working with the Media. [Invited Oral Presentation], Microbiology Spring Conference 2011, Harrogate, UK , 11-APR-11 - 14-APR-11. [Details]
(2011) ASLO: Aquatic Sciences Meeting,
Touzet N, McCarthy D, Kilroy K, Ham R, Fleming (2011) Aquatic Sciences. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], ASLO: Aquatic Sciences Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, , 15-FEB-11 - 17-FEB-11. [Details]
(2010) 14th International Conference on Harmful Algae,
Touzet N, Feeney A, Flood E, McCarhty D, Gill A, Fleming G (2010) Meoscale survey of cyanobacteria and microcystins in teo west Irish lakes. [Refereed Abstracts], 14th International Conference on Harmful Algae, Crete, Greece , 08-NOV-10 - 11-NOV-10. [Details]
(2010) 12th Deep Sea Biology Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland,
Mc Carthy D.M., Gill A., Patching J.W. and Fleming G.T.A (2010) Distribution and Community Structure of Ultramicrobacteria in the Mediterranean Sea. [Invited Oral Presentation], 12th Deep Sea Biology Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland , 07-JUN-10 - 11-JUN-16. [Details]
(2010) 11th World Congress of Sterilization Annual WFHSS and SOBECC Conference,
Geraldine McNulty, Cyril V. Carroll & Gerard T.A. Fleming (2010) Environmental Monitoring of a Classified ISO 8 Clean Room in a Hospital Clinical Sterile Service Department. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], 11th World Congress of Sterilization Annual WFHSS and SOBECC Conference, San Paola, Brazil , 30-JUL-10 - 01-AUG-10. [Details]
(2010) 12th Deep Sea Biology Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland,
Mc Carthy D.M., Gill A., Patching J.W. and Fleming G.T.A (2010) Distribution and Community Structure of Ultramicrobacteria in the Mediterranean Sea. [Conference Paper], 12th Deep Sea Biology Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland , 07-JUN-10 - 11-JUN-11. [Details]
(2010) International Conference on Antimicrobial Research (ICAR2010:),
Alain Ocampo-Sosa, Kimon Andreas Karatzas, Sergey Ustinov, Kaveh Mashayekhi, Paul McCay, Anthony Moran and Gerard TA Fleming (2010) Prolonged exposure to triclosan selects for more virulent and motile variants of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. [Refereed Abstracts], International Conference on Antimicrobial Research (ICAR2010:), Valladolid Spain , 03-NOV-10 - 05-NOV-10. [Details]
(2010) Spring Meeting Society for General Microbiology,
Effects of Organic Enrichment on Bacterial and Archaeal Deep Sea Communities”. McCarthy D.M., Patching J.W., & Fleming G.T.A. (2010) Effects of Organic Enrichment on Bacterial and Archaeal Deep Sea Communities. [Poster Presentation], Spring Meeting Society for General Microbiology, Edinburgh, UK , 29-MAR-10 - 01-APR-10. [Details]
(2009) 11th Symposium on Aquatic Microbiology,
McCarthy D.M., Patching J.W., & Fleming G.T. (2009) Keystone Members of Deep-Ocean Prokaryotic Communities and the Impact of Organic Loading. [Poster Presentation], 11th Symposium on Aquatic Microbiology, Piran, Slovenia , 30-AUG-09 - 04-OCT-09. [Details]
(2008) 48th ICAAC/46th ISDA joint annual meetings,
Ocampo-Sosa A.A. Karatzas K.A.G, Calvo J, Fleming G.T.A. (2008) Possible Role of ElaB in antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. [Refereed Abstracts], 48th ICAAC/46th ISDA joint annual meetings, Washington D.C , 13-OCT-08 - 16-OCT-08. [Details]
(2007) he British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Occupational Hygiene Annual Conference,
Mc Donnell, P, Coggins, M., Hogan, V. and Fleming, G. (2007) Occupational Exposure in the Swine Farming Industry. [Oral Presentation], he British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Occupational Hygiene Annual Conference, Glasgow, U.K , 30-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007) he British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Occupational Hygiene Annual Conference,
Mc Donnell, P, Coggins, M., Hogan, V. and Fleming, G. (2007) Occupational Exposure in the Swine Farming Industry. [Oral Presentation], he British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) Occupational Hygiene Annual Conference, Glasgow, U.K , 30-NOV-07. [Details]
(2007) 14th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO,
Olivia Diugnan, Gerard Fleming and Cyril Carroll (2007) Exposure of Campylobacter jejuni to disinfectants in chemostat culture. [Poster Presentation], 14th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO, Beurs World Trade Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands , 02-SEP-07 - 05-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006) ESAI Colloquium proceedings,
McCay, P.H., & Fleming G. T.A. (2006) The influence of environmental conditions on promoting disinfectant-mediated resistance to antibiotics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Poster Presentation (Refereed)], ESAI Colloquium proceedings, Sligo, Ireland , 16-OCT-06 - 17-OCT-06. [Details]
(2006) 11th International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium,
Patching, J.W., McCarthy, D.M., Egan, S.J. & Fleming, G.T. (2006) Prokaryotic Community Structure in the Benthic Boundary Layer. [Oral Presentation], 11th International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Southampton , 09-JUL-06 - 14-JUL-06. [Details]
(2006) 11th International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium,
S.J. Egan, D.M. McCarthy, G.T. Fleming and J.W. Patching (2006) Reponses of a Deep-Ocean Bacterial Community to Organic Nutrients. [Poster Presentation], 11th International Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Southampton.UK , 09-JUL-06 - 14-JUL-06. [Details]
(2006) International Society for Microbial Ecology 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME-11): The Hidden Powers-Microbial Communities in Action,
Paul H. Mc Cay and Gerard T.A. Fleming (2006) Co-evolution of biocide and antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in chemostat culture without and with disinfectant selection pressure. [Poster Presentation], International Society for Microbial Ecology 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME-11): The Hidden Powers-Microbial Communities in Action, Vienna (Austria , 20-AUG-06 - 25-AUG-06. [Details]
(2006) 159th Meeting for SGM,
Paul H. Mc Cay and Gerard T.A. Fleming (2006) Competitiveness of a ciprofloxacin hyper-resistant strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa grown in chemostat culture with minimal antibiotic selection pressure. [Poster Presentation], 159th Meeting for SGM, University of York (UK , 11-SEP-06 - 13-SEP-06. [Details]
(2006) Society for Industrial Microbiology Annual Meeting: Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology,
Mc Cay, Paul H. and Fleming, G.T.A (2006) The disinfectant Benzalkonium chloride does not promote a generalised cross resistance to antibiotics in Pseudomonas aeruginosa in chemostat culture with biocide selection pressure. [Refereed Abstracts], Society for Industrial Microbiology Annual Meeting: Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Baltimore (U.S.) , 30-JUN-06 - 03-JUL-06. [Details]
(2003) Biofilms in Medicine, Industry and Environmental Microbiology,
Lens, Moran, Mahony, Stoodley and O'Flaherty (2003) Industrial Biofilmns. [Chaired Session], Biofilms in Medicine, Industry and Environmental Microbiology, NUIG , 03-JUN-03 - 06-JUN-03. [Details]
(2003) Biofilms in Medicine, Insustry and Environmental Microbiology,
Lens Moran, Mahony, Stoodly and O'Flaherty (2003) Biofilms. [Chaired Session], Biofilms in Medicine, Insustry and Environmental Microbiology, Galway , 03-JUN-03 - 06-JUN-03. [Details]
(2002) Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy,
Curtin, J., Fleming, G.T., Cormican, M.G. & Colleran, E (2002) In vitro study of vancomycin and lizenloid antimicrobial lock therapy for eradication of Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm’. [Published Abstract], Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, San Diego, C.A, , 05-NOV-02 - 07-NOV-02. [Details]
(2001) Society for Industrial Microbiology Annual Meeting,
G.T. Fleming and J.W. Patching (2001) Competition between levofloxacin-resistant and sensitive strains of Escherichia coli at sub-inhibitory antibiotic concentrations. [Poster Presentation], Society for Industrial Microbiology Annual Meeting, St. Louis Missouri, U.S , 27-JUL-01 - 31-JUL-01. [Details]
(2001) 104th Society for General Microbiology Meeting,
G. Fleming and J.W. Patching (2001) Stability of Plasmids in Bacillus subtilis. [Poster Presentation], 104th Society for General Microbiology Meeting, Nottingham, UK , 17-SEP-01 - 19-SEP-01. [Details]
(1997) G. Fleming and J.W. Patching,
G. Fleming and J.W. Patching (1997) Stability of Plasmids in Bacillus subtilis. [Poster Presentation], G. Fleming and J.W. Patching, Nottingham, UK , 09-SEP-97 - 11-JUL-97. [Details]
(1993) Canadian Society of Microbiology meeting,
G. Fleming and J.W. Patching (1993) Dilution rate and selection pressure in chemostat cultures: The influence on the outcome of selection for strains with enhanced plasmid stability. [Poster Presentation], Canadian Society of Microbiology meeting, Alberta, Vanada , 05-APR-93 - 08-APR-93. [Details]
(1987) 104th SGM Conference,
Gerard Fleming and JW Patching (1987) Plasmid instability in Bacillus subtilis. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 104th SGM Conference, Nottingham , 14-SEP-87 - 16-SEP-87. [Details]

Meeting

  Year Publication
(1989) SOLID-STATE FERMENTATION OF SUGAR-BEET FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUEL-ALCOHOL PRODUCTION.
MORGAN, E,FLEMING, G,PATCHING, J,COLLERAN, E (1989) SOLID-STATE FERMENTATION OF SUGAR-BEET FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUEL-ALCOHOL PRODUCTION. Meeting [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 Presidents Award for Teaching Excellence NUI.,Galway

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Society for General Microbiology Committee Member Irish Division (NUI.,Galway Representative) 01-SEP-12 / 31-DEC-15

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Course Review Committees: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Year Microbiology Member /
Space Resource Committee Department of Microbiology Member with responsibility for advisory refurbishment of ground floor 04-NOV-08 /
B.Sc. denominated Degree in Environmental Science Member 02-SEP-13 / 12-NOV-13
UK Health and Safety Executive (COSHH and Chemical Carcinogens Unit) Copper/ Silver Biocide Industry Microbiological Expert 13-MAR-13 / 12-NOV-13
Society for General Microbiology Irish Branch Committee NUIG Representative 01-SEP-12 / 12-NOV-13
Project Steering Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency Microbiology Expert 01-SEP-12 / 12-NOV-13
Graduate Research Committees Member 01-NOV-11 /
Postgraduate Diploma in Microbiology Programme Committee Member 01-NOV-10 / 14-NOV-13
Wellcome Trust working group (UK) on Healthcare-Associated Infections and the Patient Pathway Biocide Expert 01-MAR-10 /
SIPTU Academic Section Chairperson 21-FEB-08 / 13-APR-10
Library Committee and Library fincnce sub-committee College of Science Representative 10-SEP-07 / 27-AUG-09
Examination Security Group College of Science representative 03-SEP-07 / 28-AUG-09
College of Science Policy Committee Microbiology Representative 01-SEP-06 / 30-AUG-08
Programme Management Committee for the B.Sc. denominated degree in Biotechnology Discipline of Microbiology Representative 01-SEP-05 / 12-NOV-13
M.Sc. in Biotechnology Programme Management Committee Member 01-SEP-04 / 14-NOV-13
Science Promotion Committee Microbiology Representative 02-SEP-02 / 01-SEP-05
SIPTU Academic Section Recording Secretary 01-APR-02 / 01-JAN-08

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUIG TTA in Microbiology 01-OCT-97 / 01-AUG-01
NUIG Lecturer Below the Bar in Microbiology 02-NOV-01 / 04-JUN-07
NUIG Lecturer above the Bar in Microbiology 05-JUN-06 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1979 RTC Carlow Certificate National Certificate in Applied Biology (NCEA)
1981 RTC Carlow Diploma National Diploma in Analytical Chemiscty (NCEA)
1983 UCG BSc Microbiology
1993 UCG PhD Microbiology
1980 City and Guilds Certificate Quality Control
2012 NUIG Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning 3 core areas

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Advocacy Dog Judge 10-MAR-08 / 13-NOV-13
Advocacy Galway Dog Club 05-JUN-08 / 13-NOV-13
Advocacy OG Corrib 01-FEB-08 / 13-NOV-13

Reviews

  Journal Role
Bioresources Reviewer
Journal Of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology Editoral Board
Environmental Science And Pollution Research Editor
Deep Sea Research Reviewer
Aquaculture Reviewer

Teaching Interests

I have in excess of 345 teaching contact hours per academic year with undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I teach three large classes. Lecture topics are  diverse yet embrace a cohort of first-year to third-year students. 
  • Year 1 Biology (BO101/BO111:350 students X 2 repeat lectures) taking Marine Microbiology
  • Year 2 Microbiology (MI201/212:240 students) taking Bacterial Systematics
  • Year 3 Microbiology (3BS9/MI316/MR3/3BY2/BY2:175 students) taking Food and Industrial Microbiology
I teach medium-sized classes in 60-seater lecture hall setting. The units are:  Bioprocess Technology to M.SC. in Biotechnology and 4th Biotechnology students (1MT1/BG502 and 4BY2/BG417) and Fungal Biotechnology to 4th year Microbiology and Biotechnology students (MI401/MI428 and 4BY2/BG417). This course has been modified under academic simplification to provide for a 5ECT module on Bioprocessors and Recombinant Protein pProduction in 2014. I teach Practical Industrial Microbiology (Disinfectant Efficacy Testing) to third-year students (3BS9/MI316, MR3, and 3BY2/BY2) in a 70 seat laboratory. I further contribute to the 4th year Microbiology programme by providing supervision for c.a. 6 student laboratory projects per academic year.
 
I have twenty-five years of history working with this programme (formerly the Higher Diploma in Applied Science Microbiology (until 2009). I was the programmes founder and first coordinator. Since, 2001; Dr. Cyril Carroll and I share the responsibility for running the programme as co-directors.  We have contributed as a team to the extensive development of the programme over the past decade. This includes the introduction of units on industrial microbiology, quality management systems, statistical process control, mammalian and cell culture, communication skills, bioremediation, risk assessment, CV and interview skills and presentation skills.
 
In excess of 250 students have graduated from the course. It currently has a small intake (average 5-10 students p.a. over the past five years) but all of these graduates have found employment in Irish industry in various sectors (food, healthcare, biomedical and pharmaceutical).  Graduates are highly employable because they have the de novo experience of synthesising a laboratory-based quality management system (QMS).  In addition to delivering c.a. 40 lectures, I take primary charge for working with these students in the laboratory (c.a. 7-11 hours per week in term 1).  Graduates of the programme must be proficient in GLP/GMP and have an intricate understanding of QMS. The objective of the programme is to train high-quality microbiology technicians and laboratory-managers. The programme has an integrated approach to learning. My teaching in module MI851 (e.g. preparation and testing of parenterals) are aligned with the lectures and practical of Dr. Carroll in MI857 (theory of QMS Practice of Sterility testing) which facilitates the students building a working QMS in the laboratory setting. I further supervise these students for a six-week project in term 2.   

 
 

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2008 David McCarthy PhD N
2016 Garry McCoy PhD Y
2008 Pamela Ryan PhD Y
2018 Lilit Tonoyon PhD
Aileen Gill PhD N
2016 Sarah Cosgrove PhD Y
2008 Paul McCay PhD N
2012 Geraldine McNulty Y
2017 Donal McGee (registered at I.T. Sligo) PhD
Sylvia  Soldaltou PhD Y
2016 Olivia Duignan PhD

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Lilit Tonoyan Doctorate - Structured PhD (Science) Co-supervisor (1)
Aileen Gill Doctorate - Ph.D.(Science) Supervisor

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2/2014 Bacterial Systematics MI212 Classification of Microorganisms
1/2013 Industrial microbiology MI855 Production processes
1/2013 Industrial Microbiology MI323 Bioprocess technology relating to the organism, medium and process
1/2013 Laboratory Project MI405 Bench-based labopratory projects, 10 weeks duration with 6 students
2 /2014 Marine Microbiology BO101/BO111 Introduction to the role played by microorganisms in seas and oceans
1/2 2013/2014 Quality Management Systems MI852 Setting-up and auditing a lab-based QMS
2/2014 Laboratory project MI853 Bench-based validation and Risk Asessment project with 10 students
2/2014 BioprocessTechnology BG502 The fermenter in Industry
2/2014 Bioprocessor and Recombinant Protein Production MI442 Lab, Pilot Scalew to Industrial Production of Recombinant proteins
2/2014 Bioprocessors and reconminant Protein production BG407 Lab, Pilot Scale to Industrial Scale production of Recombinant Proteins