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Meet the team

Meet the team
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Please meet the team that will be leading and facilitating on the course. They include staff from Queen’s University of Belfast, the University of Turin, Italy. and DIL.

Lead Educator

Michaela Fox

Michaela is a Lecturer (Education) in the Institute of Global Food Security in Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work is primarily focused on supporting the development of education programmes within the EITFOOD partnership. Michaela’s research background is related to food quality, safety and nutrition and she has a history of working in the food production industry in Northern Ireland.


Francesco Chiesa

Francesco is an assistant professor in the Inspection of Food of Animal Origin at the Department of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Turin, Italy and gives lectures to students in the courses of Hygiene of Food of Animal Origin (master degree in Veterinary Medicine) and Microbiological Feed Safety (master degree in Animal Sciences). His main research fields are food microbiology and molecular methods for the identification and characterization of foodborne pathogens. Relevant research topics include epidemiological and molecular studies of foodborne parasites and the application of isothermal amplification techniques for the identification of pathogenic and spoilage food bacteria.

Mehmet Cicek Fovation

Mehmet is an expert in animal feed for the German Institute of Food technologies. He has a strong passion to transfer value and practically useable knowledge.

Christopher Elliott

Professor Christopher Elliott is currently Professor of Food Safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. He has served as Pro Vice Chancellor for the University and was responsible for the Medical and Life Sciences Faculty. He has published more than 350 peer review articles, many of them relating to the detection and control of agriculture, food and environmental related contaminants. Chris has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Theophilus Redwood Prize and was also awarded the title of ‘Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Tatiana Panova

Tatiana works in the Institute of Global Food Security in Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work is primarily focused on supporting the development of education programmes within the EITFOOD Education partnership. Tatiana’s research background is biochemistry of Pol I transcription, molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the regulation of rRNA synthesis, signalling pathways and other regulatory mechanisms targeting rRNA synthesis and ribosome biogenesis.

Katerina Theodoridou

Katerina is a Lecturer in Animal Nutrition in the Institute of Global Food Security within the School of Biological Sciences. Katerina is an expert in animal nutrition with over 50 journal publications in this research area.

Karin Thole

Karin is coordinator and organizer of a training programme in quality management for food and feed for professionals at DIL in cooperation with the Professional School Osnabrück, Germany. Karin has some experiences in feed production from her former work as microbiologist and assistance in the quality management in a feed company. Her research background is related to plant cell biology and microbiology.


Please also meet our course mentor who has helped prepare the course.

Nichola Donnelly

Nichola is the Programme Support Officer for the EIT Food Education Programme team at Queen’s University, Belfast and is based within the Institute for Global Food Security. Follow the work of our QUB EIT Education team on twitter to keep up to date with the latest projects and innovations in the food and feed chain here.

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