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Welcome to the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI®)

Dr. Kieran Ryan

Programme Manager kieran.a.ryan@nuigalway.ie

REMEDI Programme Manager

Kieran is responsible for coordinating and managing activities at REMEDI. This includes intellectual property management, graduate study programmes, financial management and outreach programmes.

Researcher in

Positions Held: 

Programme Manager

Research Fellow
University College Cork
Modulation of host response to Helicobacter infections by probiotics.

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Virginia
The role of complement in the clearance of apoptotic cells during Helicobacter infection.

Awards & Honours: 

Spring 2007
Best Poster Presentation (2nd prize), Irish Society for Gastroenterology Meeting

Awarded APC Education and Outreach outstanding contribution award

Awarded two year IRCSET Embark Postdoctoral Fellowship

Awarded European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Short Term Fellowship

Selected for Intestinal Disorders plenary presentation at Digestive Disease Week, New Orleans, USA,

Awarded Cepheid Inc. Travel Grant for travel to the 11th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology, Orlando, Florida,

1999, 2000, 2001
Nominated for Watts Medal at the National Scientific and Medical Meeting, Dublin

Received Young Scientist award at the 4th International Workshop on Pathogenesis and Host Response in Helicobacter Infections, Denmark,

Received Young Scientist award at the XIIth International Workshop on Gastroduodenal Pathology and Helicobacter pylori, Helsinki,

Prize-winner in a University Science Communication for the Public initiative,

Awarded Enterprise Ireland research scholarship


Selected Publications: 

Lactobacillus salivarius modulates gastric epithelial cell immune responses to Helicobacter pylori. Ryan, K.A., O’Hara, A.M., van Pijkeren, J-P., Douillard, F.P. and O’Toole P.W. J Med Microbiol 2009 Aug;58:996-1005.

The FliK protein and flagellar hook-length control. Waters, R.C., O’Toole, P.W. and Ryan, K.A. Protein Sci. 2007 May:16(5):769-780.

Helicobacter pylori flagellar hook-filament transition is controlled by a FliK functional homolog encoded by the gene HP0906. Ryan, K.A., Karim, N., Worku, M., Penn, C.W. and O’Toole, P.W. J Bacteriol. 2005 Aug:187(16):5742-50.

Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species differentially regulate Toll-like receptor 4-mediated activation of NF-KB and IL-8. Ryan, K.A., Smith, M.F., Sanders, M.K. and Ernst, P.B. Infect Immun. 2004 Apr:72(4):2358-2368.

TLR2 and TLR5, but not TLR4, are required for Helicobacter pylori–induced NF-κB activation and chemokine expression by epithelial cells. Smith, M.F., Mitchell, A., Li, G., Ding, S., Fitzmaurice, A.M., Ryan, K., Crowe, S., and Goldberg, J.B. J Biol Chem. 2003 Aug:278(35):32552-60. 

Professional and Personal Interests: 

• Current Secretary of the Irish Society for Gene and Cellular Therapy (ISGCT)
• Member of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Structured PhD Working group.

• Sport: Have captained and managed several soccer teams. Currently play with the NCBES soccer team
• Others: Other hobbies include reading, art and travel and the Irish language.