Andrea Cossu is a Lecturer in Microbiology within the Department of Natural Sciences at Middlesex University. Andrea joined Middlesex University as a Lecturer in August 2019 after working as Scientist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control. He had previously been working in USA for several years where he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at the University of California, Davis.
PhD in Molecular and Clinical Microbiology, University of Sassari (Italy)
MSc in Industrial Biotechnology, University of Sassari (Italy)
BSc in Biotechnology, University of Sassari (Italy)
Scientist, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, Potters Bar, UK, 2018–2019.
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis CA, USA, 2014–2017.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA, USA, 2012–2014.
English, Italian, Sardinian
Learning & Teaching Interests
Research Outputs & Interests
Andrea is an experienced microbiologist with skills and interests in molecular biology, food safety, applied microbiology, sanitisation, disinfection, sterilisation, food chemistry and engineering, bio-active polymers and photonics.
Andrea’s research has focussed on different aspects of the applied microbiology. Research carried out included: the use of new photosensitization technologies to inactivate microbes in wash-water from fresh produce and the quantitative correlation between oxidative stress biomarkers and survived bacteria; the use of rechargeable antimicrobial films for surface disinfection and destruction of bacterial biofilms; the rapid detection of low numbers of pathogens in food matrices with conventional PCR and RTi-qPCR without enrichment by removal of PCR inhibitors using bentonite coated charcoal and soluble starch; the encapsulation of novel controlled-release emulsions in buccal films against fungal oral infections.