Dr Cushla Maree McGoverin

PhD (Chemistry), University of Otago

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Senior Research Fellow

Biography

I studied dairy products and pharmaceuticals with Raman spectroscopy for my PhD at the University of Otago (completed in 2008). I spent a further year at the University of Otago and worked on a series of spectroscopic applications for industry and other sectors. In late 2009 I travelled to Stellenbosch University, South Africa to join the Department of Food Science as a postdoctoral fellow. Here we were using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging to analyse cereals, primarily maize, wheat and sorghum. After Stellenbosch, I secured a postdoctoral research position at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, where we were using mid- and near-infrared spectroscopies to study the growth of engineered cartilage and cartilage degradation in the context of osteoarthritis. I have now joined Dr Frederique Vanholsbeeck's team  to analyse microbes with fluorescence spectroscopy.

Research | Current

Currently I am research fellow working on Foodsafe, a Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment funded project. We are developing a system based on fluorescence spectroscopy to accurately and rapidly determine bacterial concentration levels.

Areas of expertise

Raman spectroscopy

Near- and mid-infrared spectroscopy

Fluorescence spectroscopy

Chemometrics

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • McGoverin, C., Robertson, J., Jonmohamadi, Y., Swift, S., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2020). Species Dependence of SYTO 9 Staining of Bacteria. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 1110.3389/fmicb.2020.545419
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Robertson, Simon Swift, Frederique Vanholsbeeck
  • McGoverin, C., Vanholsbeeck, F., Dawes, J. M., Mizuno, Y., & Fan, X. (2020). Asia-Pacific Optical Sensors Conference: focus issue introduction. Optics express, 28 (15), 21745-21748. 10.1364/oe.401277
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck
  • Robertson, J. C., Ou, F., McGoverin, C., Vanholsbeeck, F., & Swift, S. (2020). Shining a light on antibiotic selection: optimised live/dead fluorescence spectrometry for rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Paper presented at The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) BiOS, San Francisco, USA. 1 February - 6 February 2020. Proceedings of SPIE Photonic Diagnosis, Monitoring, Prevention, and Treatment of Infections and Inflammatory Diseases 2020. 10.1117/12.2544082
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Robertson, Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift
  • Robertson, J. C., Darby, B., Meyer, M., McGoverin, C., Vanholsbeeck, F., & Swift, S. (2019). Detection of bacterial cell death using absorbance spectra. Paper presented at New Zealand Microbiological Society (NZMS) Annual Conference 2019, Palmerston North, New Zealand. 25 November - 28 November 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Robertson, Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift
  • Robertson, J., Darby, B., Meyer, M., McGoverin, C., Vanholsbeeck, F., & Swift, S. (2019). Detection of bacterial cell death using absorbance spectra. Paper presented at Asia Pacific Optical Sensors Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. 19 November - 22 November 2019.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Robertson, Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift
  • Ou, F., McGoverin, C., Swift, S., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2019). Rapid and cost-effective evaluation of bacterial viability using fluorescence spectroscopy. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 411 (16), 3653-3663. 10.1007/s00216-019-01848-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift
  • Robertson, J. C., Ou, F., McGoverin, C., Vanholsbeeck, F., & Swift, S. (8/4/2019). Shining a light on antibiotic selection: optimised live/dead fluorescence spectrometry for rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Poster presented at The Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2019, Belfast, UK. The Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2019. 10.1099/acmi.ac2019.po0280
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Robertson, Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift
  • Robertson, J., McGoverin, C., Vanholsbeeck, F., & Swift, S. (2019). Optimisation of the protocol for the LIVE/DEAD® BacLightTM bacterial viability kit for rapid determination of bacterial load. Frontiers in microbiology, 1010.3389/fmicb.2019.00801
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift, Julia Robertson

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SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 5, Room 510
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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