10 March 2020

Professor Fergal Rattray, UCPH FOOD, turns 50


On 17 March 2020, Professor Fergal P. Rattray from the Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH FOOD) will celebrate his 50th birthday. Irish-born Fergal from Cork became  Professor of Dairy Biochemistry in the spring of 2015.

Professor Fergal Rattray

He immediately began to contribute to the institute's research into solving various issues within the dairy industry. For many years previously, he had collaborated widely with the dairy industry as an employee responsible for technical sales in the ingredient company Chr. Hansen. Thus, he has a deep understanding of the industry. His interests lie in application-oriented research, which, among other things, may lead to innovative products and production methods.

Since joining UCPH FOOD, Fergal has participated in modernising the  dairy pilot plant, especially the cheese facilities, and he also led the introduction of a state-of-the-art ultra-performance liquid chromatography platform, which can rapidly analyse free amino acids and biogenic amines. In addition to researching and teaching extensively about dairy products, Fergal is also investigating how to prevent the formation of mycotoxins in plants, as well as probiotic and antimicrobial activities in seaweed. March 17 is also Ireland's national day, St. Patrick's Day, and Fergal will celebrate the day with his wife and their two small boys.