Queen’s University Belfast


Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 top research-intensive universities Queen’s University Belfast (www.qub.ac.uk) is an international centre of innovation and excellence, providing world class education underpinned by world-class research. Over 94% of QUB graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation. The mission of our Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) is to nurture world’s leading scientist in food safety, and to build a Food Fortress, ensuring everything we import is of the highest quality and that what we sell locally and internationally is also 100% safe, nutritious and authentic. IGFS is composed of experts with complementary expertise in the fields of Food Safety and Food Integrity, Human Nutrition and Health, Animal Health and Welfare, Livestock Microbiomes, Parasitology, Plant and Soil Science, Climate Change, Invasive and Pest Species. IGFS is one of the core partners of the recently awarded EIT-Food. Queen’s is currently involved in 67 Horizon 2020 projects (14 of them hosted in IGFS). Indeed, Prof Sharon.Huws is the coordinator of the ERA-Net GAS project RumenPredict and runs the Global Research Alliance (GRA) network for Rumen Microbial Genomics. Profs Creevey and Huws are also Workpackage leaders for an EU Horizon 2020 project MASTER: Microbiome Applications for Sustainable food systems through Technologies and EnteRprise.

Competence and main role(s) in the project

Prof Creevey is a Computational Biologist and will lead database development aspects in WP1. Prof Huws in an animal scientist and microbiologist who will be a partner in WP2 and 3 leading a study evaluating the effects of early life management of dairy calves on long-term health and productivity of the cows.

Project staff

Chris Creevey
Prof Chris Creevey (Wp leader) is an expert in Rumen Systems Biology and a world leading specialist in computational biology with extensive experience working with highthroughput sequencing data from complex microbial communities and non-model organisms. Funded by the BBSRC, Newton Fund, DEARA and EU Horizon 2020 his group develops de novo computational strategies for metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data from natural microbial communities and their hosts. His group currently consists of five PhD students and two post-docs. He has published over 80 papers including several in Nature, PNAS and Science and has been cited over 6,000 times.
Sharon Huws
Prof Sharon Huws is an expert in Animal Science and Microbiology. Sharon focusses on understanding the rumen microbiome to address key agricultural challenge using ‘omic technologies. Sharon has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in this area and has gained over 10 million pounds in funding to sustain research in this field in the last 5 years. She also leads the global Rumen Microbial Genomics Network, is editor-in-chief for Animal Microbiome, an editor for the journal Microbiome, Frontiers in Microbiology and Animal.