Microbiology Vacancies

A four-year funded NextGenWood - PhD studentship is available in the Discipline of Microbiology, School of Natural Sciences.  The closing date is 22nd October, 2021.

Vacancies in Anaerobic Microbiology and Bioreactor Research
Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Assistant

 2021 Platform PhD Marei
PhD entitled “Biotechnological production of biomethanol from methane for decarbonisation of the haulage sector”

General information for current microbiology students

Academic Year 2021/22 - Semester 1

The Microbiology staff are planning the delivery of lectures and practicals based on current advice from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Lecture halls with greater than 100 capacity will be working at a reduced capacity of 80%. Practical labs will be working on a capacity of 50%. Lectures and practicals will take place in accordance with the normal timetable.  Students will be allocated to lectures and practicals by module coordinators. The allocations will be announced through Blackboard and available to you once you have completed your registration.

A map of teaching and learning buildings can be viewed on the link below:

 Start Dates for Incoming Microbiology Students – Semester 1



Introductory Lecture


Lectures Commence


Practicals Commence

Year 2

Wednesday, 8th Sept at 11.00am in IT250
(IT Building)

Monday, 13th Sept at 9.00am in AM200
(Arts Millennium Bldg)

Monday, 13th Sept at 2.00pm in Lab 225 Microbiology

Year 3


Wednesday, 8th Sept at
12.00pm in MRA201
(Martin Ryan Annex)

Monday, 13th Sept at
12.00pm in MRA201
(Martin Ryan Annex)

Tuesday, 21st Sept at 3.00pm in Lab 222,
Corrib Wing Biochemistry

Year 4 

Monday, 6th Sept at 11.00am in MRA201 (Martin Ryan Annex) 

Ad hoc lectures in
Week 1 – Details available at Intro Lecture

 Projects start on Monday, 13th Sept at 11.00am in various research labs in Microbiology 


Mic‌robiology Prize Winners for 2020

  • Medtronic AVE Award for best 2nd year student 2019/2020 - Rowan Smith
  • Microbiology Society Award for best 3rd year student 2019/2020 - Amy Ó Brolcháin‌
  • Dunican Medal Award for 4th year student 2019/2020 - Rachel Allen
  • Prof. Peter Smith Award for 4th year student 2019/2020 - Megan Brogan
  • The Prof. Anthony P. Moran Prize for best Research Paper - Dr. Catarina Marinho

‌‌New video-learning initiative from Microbiology at NUI Galway

Microbiology has produced and launched a suite of teaching videos to help 3rd and 2nd level teaching of microbiology. 40 technical videos, each of ~5-7 mins and describing techniques used in our BSc Microbiology teaching labs, were launched on a dedicated “Microbiology teaching videos at NUI Galway” YouTube channel ( by President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh of NUI Galway on May 28th 2019.

 The two-year project was led by Dr Katrina Lacey and involved PhD students and staff from throughout Microbiology. The YouTube channel is freely available to 2nd and 3rd level students to assist them in their studies in microbiology and the biosciences. Check out the “Introduction” video ( to get a flavour of the project. 

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh (fourth from right) pictured with project team members (l-r) Aileen Gill, Michael Coughlan, Professor Gerard Wall, Jasmine Connolly, Maura Tilbury, Dr Katrina Lacey (Project Lead) and Gráinne McAndrew at the launch of the YouTube channel.


MSc Biotechnology

Congratulations to our MSc Biotechnology team Dr Aoife Boyd, Dr Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh & Aileen Gill.  The programme won the Higher Education Award in Science.‌

This NUI Galway MSc Biotechnology programme is the longest running course of its kind in Ireland and it continues to be the most up-to-date programme in the country. This postgraduate programme is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a programme through which students develop the skills, knowledge and experience required for a successful career in biotechnology. 
The judges’ comment for the Postgraduate Course of the Year – Science award win was as follows:

“Really well thought-through course, with an excellent placement record.”