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Dr Edward Fox

Senior Lecturer

Department: Applied Sciences

Edward Fox Ed received a Newman Fellowship at University College Dublin’s Centre for Food Safety where his researched examined the role of microbial communities in influencing the colonisation of pathogenic bacteria in food processing environments.

Ed worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Australian government’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), where his research focused on molecular ecology of foodborne pathogens through food chains, microbial genomics, and novel biocontrol approaches for pathogen control.

Campus Address

Room A320, Ellison Building,
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A multi-component toxin from Bacillus cereus incites inflammation and shapes host outcome via the NLRP3 inflammasome, Mathur, A., Feng, S., Hayward, J., Ngo, C., Fox, D., Atmosukarto, I., Price, J., Schauer, K., Martlbauer, E., Robertson, A., Burgio, G., Fox, E., Leppla, S., Kaakoush, N., Man, S. 10 Dec 2018, In: Nature Microbiology
  • Silver Nanoparticles: a novel antibacterial agent for control of Cronobacter sakazakii, Wang, H., Jiang, Y., Zhang, Y., Zhang, Z., Yang, X., Ali, M., Fox, E., Gobius, K., Man, C. Dec 2018, In: Journal of Dairy Science
  • A comparative study of the susceptibility of Listeria species to sanitizer treatments, when grown in planktonic and biofilm conditions, Luque-Sastre, L., Fox, E., Jordan, K., Fanning, S. Sep 2018, In: Journal of Food Protection
  • Key pathogenic bacteria associated with dairy foods: on-farm ecology and products associated with foodborne pathogen transmission, Fox, E., Jiang, Y., Gobius, K. Sep 2018, In: International Dairy Journal
  • Antimicrobial resistance in Listeria species, Luque-Sastre, L., Arroyo, C., Fox, E., McMahon, B., Bai, L., Li, F., Fanning, S. 2 Aug 2018, In: Microbiology spectrum
  • Novel biocontrol methods for Listeria monocytogenes biofilms in food production facilities, Gray, J., Chandry, P., Kaur, M., Kocharunchitt, C., Bowman, J., Fox, E. 3 Apr 2018, In: Frontiers in Microbiology
  • Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of antimicrobial resistance among Listeria monocytogenes isolated from Australian food production chains, Wilson, A., Gray, J., Chandry, P., Fox, E. 9 Feb 2018, In: Genes
  • Vibrational spectroscopy combined with transcriptomic analysis for investigation of bacterial responses towards acid stress, Hlaing, M., Wood, B., McNaughton, D., Rood, J., Fox, E., Augustin, M. Jan 2018, In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Characterization of Escherichia coli and Salmonella from Victorian dairy farm environments, McAuley, C., McMillan, K., Moore, S., Fegan, N., Fox, E. Dec 2017, In: Journal of Food Protection

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Fox's research interests span across food science and modern food production approaches, with a core focus on food microbiology. This includes understanding the ecology of bacterial pathogens through food supply chains, and strategies to control associated contamination and improve food safety.

Research areas include:

- Global ecology of foodborne pathogens through food chains and their impact on human public health and clinical instance of disease.

- Food safety, including molecular surveillance of pathogens in food processing environments, and control strategies to reduce the burden of bacterial contamination in food systems, such as cleaning and sanitising as well as novel biocontrol strategies.

- Genomics of foodborne pathogens, with a particular focus on stress resistance mechanisms.

- Antimicrobial resistance of foodborne bacteria, and the role of food production systems in the One Health paradigm.

- Microbial food quality, with a particular focus on dairy foods.


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