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Dr Sophie Foley

Last updated: 05 June 2024


Dr Sophie Foley is an Associate Professor in Microbiology at Edinburgh Napier University. Sophie holds a BSc (Hons) Microbiology from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology also from UCC. Following her PhD she worked for a number of years in the food industry as a research scientist before joining Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer. Her research involves the application of molecular biology and bioinformatics to the characterisation and functional analysis of bacteria and bacteriophages of particular relevance to the food industry. Her work has focused on the microbiology of fermented foods/drinks, including the characterisation and applications of lactic acid bacteria and their phages.

Register of interests

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Personal Interests

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Direct employment

Edinburgh Napier University (1999 – present)

Consultancies and other fee-paid work

Innovate UK assessor (2021 – present)

PhD examinations (Heriot Watt University; University of Leicester,

University of Lille, France; University of “Al. I. Cuza”, Romania; University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan;

External Reviewer, INTO University of Stirling (2019 - present)

Clubs and other organisations

Microbiology Society

Applied Microbiology International

Non-Personal Interests

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Indirect support

Gut Feelings (2023 - present)



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Consultancies and other fee-paid work

EbNet Reviewer (2022-23)

BBSRC grant reviewer  (intermittent 2017-2020) 


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Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

British Council (2018-2019)