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Dr Declan McKernan
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)
- 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:
Address: Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Experimental Medicine Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.