Dr Min Yap

Research Scientist

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Epidemiology, genomics and antimicrobial resistance of bacteria

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I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Dr Alison Mather’s group, working on microbial genomics and the integration of genomic and epidemiological data to assess the evolution and transmission of bacteria and AMR in relation to food safety.

I did my PhD with Dr Paul Cotter at Teagasc, Ireland, focusing on leveraging community-based sequencing approaches to characterise the dairy microbiome. I also have prior experience working in a public health research institute, conducting risk assessment and surveillance studies to support and inform food safety and public health programs and policies. My interests include utilising next generation sequencing and bioinformatics to investigate the sources and spread of bacteria and antimicrobial resistance along the food chain.

Key Publications

Yap, M., Ercolini, D., Álvarez-Ordóñez, A., O’Toole, P. W., O’Sullivan, O., & Cotter, P. D. (2022). Next-generation food research: Use of meta-omic approaches for characterizing microbial communities along the food chain. Annual Review of Food Science and Technology, 13, 361-384.

Yap, M., Feehily, C., Walsh, C.J. et al. Evaluation of methods for the reduction of contaminating host reads when performing shotgun metagenomic sequencing of the milk microbiome. Sci Rep 10, 21665 (2020)