Dr Alexandros Stratakos

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About me

I joined UWE Bristol in 2019 and I am currently an Associate Professor and Principal Investigator in Sustainable Agri-Food Production - I am also a Wallscourt Fellowship holder. 

In my group, we are working on the development of new technologies and strategies to ensure the safety and quality of the food supply. In order to achieve this, we use a variety of techniques (molecular and classic microbiology, spectroscopy, cell cultures, sequencing and bioinformatics) coupled with novel non-thermal technologies (e.g. cold atmospheric plasma, high hydrostatic pressure) and 3D printing.

We aim to translate our experimental results to real life applications that are useful to industry, public authorities and consumers.

Specific research areas in my lab include:

  • Development of novel interventions (e.g. physical, biological) that control foodborne/veterinary bacterial pathogens during all phases of the food production chain.
  • Develop a better understanding of foodborne pathogen growth, survival and pathogenesis. 
  • Development of novel food and feed additives with antimicrobial and anti-virulence properties.
  • Manufacturing of lipid-based and polymer-based delivery vehicles for bioactive compounds, using microfluidics.
  • Use of novel thermal and non-thermal technologies in Food Processing.
  • 3D Printing for functional food production.

Public Engangment:

Public engagement is a vital and necessary activity for our research group. Sharing our research results and applications with the wider world is a crucial part of our mission. We are taking part in a variety of public engagement activities, such as Science Festivals, School Visits, University Open Days, I'm a Scientist (STEM enrichment student activity) and public lectures.

Teaching Activities: 

I am very enthusiastic about research-informed teaching. Developing a research-informed teaching environment allows to stimulate the development of knowledge and skills to all levels of student learning. I am designing and delivering (in person and online) inclusive teaching and assessments for BSc and MSc level degrees in Biological Sciences and Biomedical Sciences; lectures, lab practicals, tutorials and assessments.

I also supervise students at the BSc, Masters and Doctorate level. 

  • Module Leader for: Scientific Frontiers and Enterprise.
  • Teaching on modules such as Sustainable Food Production, Biology in Practise, Antimicrobial Agents, Current Issues in Biomedical Science.

CRIB Seminar Series:

I co-lead and organise the Center for Research in Biosciences' research seminar series (CRIB seminar series; >22 Research seminars per year hosting researchers from all over the world).

Accepting PhD Students:

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Food Safety, Food Microbiology, Animal Welfare or related discipline in my lab and you have already secured your own funding (e.g. self-funded, government source, charity, industry), you are encouraged to come in contact with a full CV.

Area of expertise

Selected Honours and Awards

2023-2027, UKRI BBSRC funded PhD Studentship (£110,592) (joint lead with Prof Matthew Avison, University of Bristol). PI

2023-2026, Industry funded PhD Studentship (£44,000) – funding by Wildlife World and RSPB (PI).

2023-2025, Colgate-Palmolive (industry-USA) funding (£188,707). Co-I.

2023-2025, Proveca (industry-UK) (£37,456). Co-I.

2022-2024, Funding by Aryballe Technologies (industry-France) (£88,235). Co-I.

2022-2023, Vice Chancellor's Challenge Fund (£25,000). PI.

2020-2021, Vice Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award (£15,000). PI.

2019- 2022, Wallscourt Fellowship. PI.

2020, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2020).

2021-2022, FET/HAS funding scheme for pilot interdisciplinary projects (£6,000). PI.

2019-2020, FET/HAS funding scheme for pilot interdisciplinary projects (£9,000). PI.

2019-2020, funding by Society for Applied Microbiology (£2,500). PI.

2016-2017, funding by Rangeland Foods (industry-Ireland) (£13,530). PI.


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