Prof. Paul O’Toole
Following research and academic positions in Sweden, Canada, New Zealand and the US, Paul O’Toole is now Professor of Microbial Genomics at University College Cork, Ireland. His main research theme is the genomics and metagenomics of gastrointestinal bacteria with emphasis on human-associated species and host interaction, particularly commensal lactobacilli. His latest research examines the composition and function of the gut microbiota, its dependence on diet, and its relationship to health, ageing and well-being. A particular aim is to develop novel foods and food ingredients to programme the intestinal microbiota towards promoting health in older persons. Research in his lab is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Dept. Agriculture Fisheries and Marine, the Health Research Board, the EU (FP7) and the US NIH.