Teaching and Development

  • MICR2001 Food Microbiology 1 (Coordinator)
  • MICR3860 Food Microbiology 2 (Coordinator)
  • MICR7001 Food Microbiology (Coordinator)
  • FOOD3017/FOOD7006 Food Safety and Quality Management (teach 2 weeks)

Assignment based courses:

  • FOOD3601 Special Topics (Coordinator)
  • FOOD4601 Advanced Topics (Coordinator)
  • FOOD7018 Food Bioprocessing (Coordinator)
  • FOOD7024 Special Topics in Food Science and Technology (Coordinator)

Researcher biography

Mark is a Professor of food microbiology and leads a research team focused on food safety, quality, and fermentation. Since 2019, he has served as Deputy Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability at the University of Queensland (UQ). He is also the Deputy Director of the Innovative Ingredients program at the Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA). After completing his PhD at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) under Prof Phil Giffard's supervision, he underwent postdoctoral training in Prof John Helmann's laboratory at Cornell University, USA (1999-2000), and at the CRC for Diagnostic Technologies, QUT (2000-01). He subsequently supported his position through a Dairy Australia Fellowship (2001-03) and an NHMRC New Investigator Grant (2004-06). In 2007, he joined UQ as an academic specialising in food microbiology.

Mark's research is currently funded by Agrifutures Australia, and he has received past funding from ARC Discovery, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub, ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre, and ARC Linkage schemes. He has also been supported by Horticulture Innovation (HIA), Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd (DIAL), and the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation (GGDF). His research primarily focuses on lactic acid bacteria applications, plant-based dairy alternative fermentations, precision fermentation and biocontrol food applications targeting pathogens like Campylobacter and Listeria monocytogenes. He has successfully supervised 20 PhD and MPhil students to completion and currently supervises 4 PhD students and 3 postdoctoral research fellows.

Mark contributes to teaching in food microbiology, food safety, and food biotechnology subjects at UQ. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM) and the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (FAIFST), and serves on the editorial boards of mBio, the Journal of Food Protection, and Food Australia. He has received the 2017 Keith Farrer Award of Merit and the 2023 President's Award from the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) for service to the food industry and the Institute. Additionally, Mark holds the position of Secretary and Affiliate Council Delegate in the Australian Association for Food Protection (AAFP), the affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

Areas of research