Prof. Ciaran Morrison

Prof. Ciaran Morrison

Head of the School of Natural Sciences
T: +353 91492056

Professor Ciaran Morrison obtained a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at NUI Galway, then undertook an M.Sc. by Research in Microbiology under the supervision of Prof. Frank Gannon, also at NUI Galway. He was then selected for the international Ph.D. Programme of the Institute of Molecular Pathology in Vienna, graduating 'mit Auszeichnung' from the University of Vienna in 1997. Prof. Morrison was awarded a Foreign Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to undertake postdoctoral research in Kyoto University with Prof. Shunichi Takeda. He was then awarded a European Molecular Biology Organisation Longterm Postdoctoral Fellowship for postdoctoral research with Prof. Bill Earnshaw at the University of Edinburgh. In October 2002, Prof. Morrison returned to NUI Galway to set up his own group with an Investigator award from Science Foundation Ireland. He became a Senior Lecturer in 2005 and received a Personal Professorship in 2011. To date, he has received 3 Investigator awards from SFI. Prof. Morrison's major research focus is on the cellular mechanisms that allow accurate cell division and prevent damage of the genetic material, a theme that is of particular relevance in cancer biology. He has published more than 50 research papers and has a current h-index of 29. Prof. Morrison has supervised 13 Ph.D. students to successful completion of their Theses. From 2014-2016, he was academic lead on the SFI-funded International Strategic Cooperation Award with Japan. He has been Head of the School of Natural Sciences since February 1, 2017.