Andrea Cossu is a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology within the Department of Natural Sciences at Middlesex University. Andrea joined Middlesex University after working as a Scientist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), a government agency which is part of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). He previously worked in USA for several years where he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) and then at the University of California, Davis (UCDavis).
English, Italian, Sardinian
Module Leader of the following modules:
BIO1160 - Environmental Health Science
BIO3226 - Gene Technology
BIO3409 - Innovation in Biosciences
BMS2145 - Infection Sciences
Module Tutor of the following modules:
BIO1525 - Cell Biology
BIO2405 - Food Safety
BIO2502 - Applied Microbiology
BIO2556 - Molecular Biology
BIO4115 - Pollution and Health Protection
BMS2425 - Food and Nutrition Science
Andrea is an experienced microbiologist with skills and interests in molecular biology, food safety, applied microbiology, 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.View more publications