Declan J. Troy

Declan J. Troy is the Assistant Director of Research, Teagasc – The Irish Agriculture and Development Authority. He also is Director of Technology and Knowledge Transfer for the Teagasc Food Programme.

He is a Chartered Chemist of the Royal Society of Chemistry and completed his post-graduate studies at University College Dublin in 1986 investigating the biochemistry of muscle proteases as a function of pH.  He later became Head of the Meat Science Department in The National Food Centre, Dublin.  During this time he has published over 150 scientific peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and scientific articles, mainly in the area of meat quality.  The main focus of his research is on the biochemistry of muscle proteins and their role in meat tenderness.  Declan has always encouraged the uptake of science-based innovations by the food industry and has interacted widely with the sector to this end. His work has contributed to the introduction of new technologies at industrial level, particularly in Ireland's competitive beef sector. He has collaborated in his research programme with many different research groups from Europe and all around the world including Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Uruguay, China, Brazil and of course the USA. 

Declan has fostered highly successful international collaborations and exchange of knowledge in food science by leading research projects worth more than €70 million that supported 125 Ph.D. students globally in different laboratories at collaborating institutions. Most recently he has been appointed as the Director of the Consumer Food Centre in Teagasc funded by DAFM.  He also has coordinated seven EU Framework food science projects.

Declan sits on many national and international committees formulating research priorities in food science and advising state agencies and companies. He is currently a member of the UNECE Working Group on Meat Quality.   He was Chairman of the World Congress of Food Science and Technology 2016 (IUFoST 2016) in Dublin in his capacity as President of the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Ireland. He has also been appointed (2019) the International Secretary of the annual International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) and Academic lead to Meat Technology Ireland.  Currently, he is Head of Centre of Teagasc Research Centre Ashtown.