Research Masters Position

There is currently a research masters opportunity entitled:  "Pest-man: Pesticide Management for better water quality". The closing date is 25th June, 2021. PestMan Masters June 21

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

 Vacancies in Anaerobic Mic‌robiology and Bioreactor Research

There are a number of positions available in Prof. Piet Lens Laboratory. Click here Vacancies.
  • Research Assistant
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Research Fellow


‌‌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.”