Grants up to €2.3 million awarded to the School of Biotechnology
EU Interreg awarded approximately €8.2 million for the project “Eastern Corridor – Medical Engineering Centre (ECME) – An Innovative Cross Border Integrated Research Programme”, with €834,000 coming to DCU. Prof. Richard O’Kennedy is the Principal Investigator with Prof. Paul Cahill, Dr. David Collins, School of Biotechnology and Prof. Robert Forster, School of Chemical Sciences. Project partners are University of Ulster, University of Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Southern Health and Social Care Institute (NI), Dundalk Institute of Technology and University College Dublin.
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine awarded approximately €325,429 to Principal Investigator Prof. Richard O’Kennedy for a project entitled “Sensing Crop Pathogens: A novel surveillance system for crop diseases of economic importance”.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) awarded a grant of over €1.1 million to Dr. Niall Barron, School of Biotechnology and Director of National Institute for Cell Biotechnology (NICB for investment into research facilities to examine mass spectrometry, an important technique for protein identification and characterization. The knowledge gained from understanding proteins is fundamental to the understanding of cellular function, especially in disease.
DCU Teaching and Learning 2016-17 award was received by School collaborators Dr. Tim Dowing, Dr. Anne Parle-McDermott, Dr. Denise Harold, Dr. Emma Finlay, Dr. Dermot Walls, Dr. Sandra O’Neill and Dr. Niall Barron. This award will fund the purchase of a portable Nanopore MinION DNA sequencer and kits for teaching into the School’s two main programmes – Biotechnology and Genetics & Cell Biology degree programmes.
Antioxident Travel Award to attend a conference in 2017 was received by Dr. Keith Rochfort, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Dr. Phil Cummins’ Endothelium Biology Group.
The prestigious Wellcome Trust–National Institute for Health (US) PhD Scholarship – a first for DCU - was awarded to Darren Walsh, a 4th year Genetics & Cell Biology student. The project “Investigating the role of folate metabolism in driving mitochondrial DAN mutations and ageing” will be jointly supervised by Dr. Anne Parle-McDermott in the School of Biotechnology and Dr. Lawrence Brody, National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH), Bethesda, U.S.
Biotechnology graduate, John McGrath (Senior Vice President of Global Industrial Operations at GSK Vaccines) was honoured with an Alumni Wall Award at a gala dinner held in The Helix on Friday, 16th February 2017.