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.
English, Italian, Sardinian
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.
de Oliveira, Erick F. and Nguyen, Cuong H. and Stepanian, Kayla and Cossu, Andrea and Nitin, Nitin (2019) Enhanced bacterial inactivation in apple juice by synergistic interactions between phenolic acids and mild food processing technologies. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies , 56 . ISSN 1466-8564
Cossu, Andrea and Huang, Kang and Cossu, Marco and Tikekar, Rohan and Nitin, Nitin (2018) Fog, phenolic acids and UV-A light irradiation: a new antimicrobial treatment for decontamination of fresh produce. Food Microbiology , 76 . pp. 204-208. ISSN 0740-0020
Cossu, Marco and Cossu, Andrea and Deligios, Paola A. and Ledda, Luigi and Li, Zhi and Fatnassi, Hicham and Poncet, Christine and Yano, Akira (2018) Assessment and comparison of the solar radiation distribution inside the main commercial photovoltaic greenhouse types in Europe. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews , 94 . pp. 822-834. ISSN 1364-0321
Cossu, Andrea and Si, Yang and Sun, Gang and Nitin, Nitin (2017) Antibiofilm effect of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol-co-Ethylene) Halamine film against Listeria innocua and Escherichia coli O157:H7. Applied and Environmental Microbiology , 83 (19). ISSN 0099-2240
Cossu, Andrea and Dou, Fang and Young, Glenn M. and Nitin, Nitin (2017) Biomarkers of oxidative damage in bacteria for the assessment of sanitation efficacy in lettuce wash water. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology , 101 (13). pp. 5365-5375. ISSN 0175-7598