Previous Training & Positions:

  • 1999-2003: B.Sc. (Hons) in Industrial Biochemistry, University of Limerick.
  • 2003-2004: Research assistant at the Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 2004-2007: Ph.D. in Biochemistry, University College Cork. 
  • 2007-2011: Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork.
  • 2011-Present: Lecturer in Pharmacology, NUI Galway. 
  • 2011-2014: Course Director MSc Toxicology.
  • 2012-2013: Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Teaching and Learning.
  • 2014-Present: Course Director MSc Neuropharmacology.

Summary of Teaching Duties

I lecture a variety of topics in pharmacology and toxicology in all undergraduate years in science, in 2nd year medicine and on our taught MSc programmes. Some modules I teach on include:

  • PM209 Applied Concepts in Pharmacology
  • PM210 Molecular Pharmacology & Signalling
  • PM310 Drugs & Disease
  • PM311 Introduction to Toxicology
  • PM312 Applied Pharmacology
  • PM435 Advanced Technologies for Therapeutics
  • PM436 Advaned Toxicology
  • MD214 Introduction to Pharmacology
  • PM5102 Experimental Methods in Pharmacology
  • PM5104 Current Topics in Neuropharmacology
  • PM5109 Experimental Toxicology
  • PM5110 Current Topics in Toxicology

Summary of Research Interests

  • Innate immunity: the genetic, epigenetic and biochemical regulation of pattern recognition receptors such as Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and NOD-like receptors (NLRs).
  • Epigenetics: the role of DNA methylation and histone modification in innate immunity and chronic inflammatory disease.
  • Neuroinflammation: the role of the innate immune system (TLRs) in neurodegerative diseases.
  • Brain-gut interaction: the role of the innate immune system in brain-gut communication.
  • Psychiatric & affective disorders: the role of the innate immune system in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression.

Current Research Group:

  • Mr. Conor Hennessy, PhD Student (2013-Present)
  • Ms. Claire Feerick, PhD Student (2014-Present)
  • Ms. Laura Olsen, PhD Student (2014-Present)


Previous Members:

  • Ms. Sarah O'Connell, MSc by Research (2012-2014).


If you are Interested in pursuing a research degree (MSc, MD, PhD) or a post-doctoral research position, please contact me on the e-mail address below. You may also want to read the following links:


Contact Details:

Address: Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Experimental Medicine Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

Phone: +353-91-493826. 
Fax:     +353-91-495586.