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.
Cossu, Marco and Ledda, Luigi and Cossu, Andrea (2021) Emerging trends in the photodynamic inactivation (PDI) applied to the food decontamination. Food Research International , 144 . ISSN 0963-9969
Cossu, Marco and Yano, Akira and Solinas, Stefania and Deligios, Paola A. and Tiloca, Maria T. and Cossu, Andrea and Ledda, Luigi (2020) Agricultural sustainability estimation of the European photovoltaic greenhouses. European Journal of Agronomy , 118 . pp. 1-12. ISSN 1161-0301
Cossu, Marco and Ledda, Luigi and Solinas, Stefania and Cossu, Andrea and Pazzona, Antonio (2020) Evaluation of the energy utilization index in sheep milk cooling systems. Energies , 13 (9). ISSN 1996-1073
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 V. 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