Cushla McGoverin

PhD (Chemistry), University of Otago

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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)

  • Ou, F., McGoverin, C., Swift, S., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2017). Absolute bacterial cell enumeration using flow cytometry. Journal of applied microbiology, 123 (2), 464-477. 10.1111/jam.13508
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift, Fang Ou
  • Guo, R., McGoverin, C., Swift, S., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2017). A rapid and low-cost estimation of bacteria counts in solution using fluorescence spectroscopy. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 409 (16), 3959-3967. 10.1007/s00216-017-0347-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift
  • Hanifi, A., Palukuru, U., McGoverin, C., Shockley, M., Frank, E., Grodzinsky, A., ... Pleshko, N. (2017). Near infrared spectroscopic assessment of developing engineered tissues: correlations with compositional and mechanical properties. The Analyst, 142 (8), 1320-1332. 10.1039/c6an02167k
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Holroyd, S. E., McGoverin, C. M., Simpson, M. C., & Williams, D. E. (2017). Screening for Adulterants in Liquid Milk Using a Portable Raman Miniature Spectrometer with Immersion Probe. Applied spectroscopy, 71 (2), 308-312. 10.1177/0003702816653130
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson, David Williams, Michel Nieuwoudt
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Holroyd, S. E., McGoverin, C. M., Simpson, M. C., & Williams, D. E. (2017). Rapid, sensitive and reproducible method for point-of-collection screening of liquid milk for adulterants using a portable Raman spectrometer with novel optimized sample well. Paper presented at Conference on Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XVII - Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics, San Francisco, CA. 30 January - 31 January 2017. OPTICAL DIAGNOSTICS AND SENSING XVII: TOWARD POINT-OF-CARE DIAGNOSTICS. (pp. 12). 10.1117/12.2253147
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michel Nieuwoudt, Cather Simpson, David Williams
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Holroyd, S. E., McGoverin, C. M., Simpson, M. C., & Williams, D. E. (2016). Rapid, sensitive, and reproducible screening of liquid milk for adulterants using a portable Raman spectrometer and a simple, optimized sample well. Journal of dairy science, 99 (10), 7821-7831. 10.3168/jds.2016-11100
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31965
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Williams, Cather Simpson, Michel Nieuwoudt
  • Ou, F., McGoverin, C., Swift, S., & Vanholsbeeck, F. (2016). Rapid evaluation of bacterial viability using the optrode - A near real time portable fluorimeter. Optics InfoBase Conference Papers. 10.1364/ACOFT.2016.AW3C.6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frederique Vanholsbeeck, Simon Swift, Fang Ou
  • Palukuru, U. P., Hanifi, A., McGoverin, C. M., Devlin, S., Lelkes, P. I., & Pleshko, N. (2016). Near infrared spectroscopic imaging assessment of cartilage composition: Validation with mid infrared imaging spectroscopy. Analytica chimica acta, 926, 79-87. 10.1016/j.aca.2016.04.031

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

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