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Past Lab Members

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Pat Ryan (SFI Postdoc 2016-2017): Bioinformatics researcher in Galway University Hospital.
  • Dr. Shannon Bakarich (SFI TIDA Postdoc 2016-2017): Currently seeking position.
  • Dr. Antoine Fort (SFI Postdoc 2014-2017): Postdoctoral researcher on seaweed in NUI Galway research group of Dr. Ronan Sulpice.
  • Dr. Marcus McHale (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow) (2014-2016): Postdoctoral researcher in Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany.
  • Dr. Marc Deletre (Marie Curie Postdoc (2013-2015): Molecular diversity researcher at National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland. 
  • Dr. Edna Curley, CCAFS Postdoc (2013-2014): Postdoctoral Researcher in Irish Seaweed Research Group at NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Mark Donoghue, SFI Postdoc (2010-2012): Senior Computational Biologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.
  • Dr. Mohan Muniyappa, HRB:NCI Postdoc (2010-2012): PD2 Research Fellow at National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), UCD, Ireland.
  • Dr. Channa Keshavaiah, SFI Postdoc (2009-2012): Co-founder of Life Science Knowledge Management and Bio-IT in/outsourcing start-up biotechnology company in Hyderabad, India (Tulip Biomed Solutions Private Limited).
  • Dr. Duygu Selcuklu, miRNAs & Cancer Postdoctoral Fellow (2011-2012): Project Manager at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Centre, New York, USA.
  • Dr. Marie-Luise Zielinski, Former SFI Postdoc (2009-2010): CRA Clinical Research Associate, CRO, Leipzig, Germany.
  • Dr. Tanja Feilner, IRCSET Postdoc (2006-2007):Senior Clinical Research Associate with Chiltern Associates, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Rachel Clifton, IRCSET Postdoc (2006-2009): Returned to Perth, Australia.
  • Dr. Nicola Flanagan, IRCSET Postdoc (2007-2008): Lecturer in Universidad Javeriana, Colombia.
  • Dr. Olivier Garnier, SFI Postdoc (2004-2006): FERLUX International Business Development Manager, BIOCODEX, Angers, France.
  • Dr. Urszula Kudla, HRB Postdoc (2005-2006): Senior Scientist at FrieslandCampina, Nijmegen, Netherlands. 
  • Dr. Mary O'Connell, SFI Postdoc (2005-2006): Lecturer & 250 Great Minds Academic Fellow in Computational and Molecular Evolutionary Biology, School of Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK.
  • Dr. Katie Schouest, HRB Postdoc (2006-2009): Associate Director, Laboratory Operations Scientific Support at Biomat USA, Grifols Plasma Organization, USA.
  • Dr Oksana Shavorskaya, HRB Postdoc (2005-2006): Postdoc at Queen Mary University, London, England.

Previous PhD students

  • Dr. Peter Ryder, SFI PhD student (2013-2017): Research Assistant in NUI Galway research group of Dr. Sara Farrona.
  • Dr. Martin Braud, Teagasc Walsh Fellowship student (2011-2016): Bioinformatician at Seven Bridges Genomics, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Dr. Reetu Tuteja, SFI PhD student (bioinformatics & molecular evolution) (2011-2015): Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Systems Biology Lab of Prof. Gloria Coruzzi, New York University, USA.
  • Dr. Gezahegn Tessema, NUI Galway:IITA PhD Scholar (2011-2015) on yam genetic diversity in collaboration with Dr. Melaku Gedil, IITA: Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Tesfaye Mengiste, Purdue University, USA.
  • Dr. Mercy Kitavi, NUI Galway:IITA PhD Scholar (2011-2015) on East African Highland Bananas in collaboration with Dr. Jim Lorenzen, IITA: SweetPotato Molecular Breeding Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa with International Potato Center (CIP), Kenya.
  • Dr. Girum Azmach, NUI Galway:IITA PhD Scholar (maize biofortification) in collaboration with Dr. Abebe Menkir, IITA (2011-2015): Maize breeder with National Maize Breeding Programme, Ethiopia.
  • Dr. Simrat Kaur, PhD (diatom molecular biology) Researcher (2010-2014): Microalgae Biotechnologist at Algae Health Ltd (Ireland).
  • Dr. Antoine Fort, SFI PhD researcher (plant epigenetics) (2010-2014): SFI TIDA Postdocs in NUI Galway.
  • Dr. Shane Morris, PhD (Science Policy) Researcher (2007-2011): Senior Advisor, Cabinet Operations, Treasury Board of Canada.
  • Dr. Duygu Selcuklu, IRCSET PhD student: Cancer genetics researcher in Prof. James Hsieh lab at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA.
  • Dr. Matheus Gomes, Visiting PhD Student Brazil: Professor of Biochemistry at Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil.
  • Dr. Angela Mina Vargas, IRCSET PhD Student: Research Officer with Psychiatric Genetics group at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Dr. Dorota (Duszynska) Curran, IRCSET PhD Student (2007-2011): R&D Scientist in Audit Diagnostics, Cork, Ireland.
  • Dr. Klaudia Sikora, DAFF Stimulus PhD student (2007-2011): Bioinformatics postdoc with Dr. Paul O'Toole in SFI funded Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in University College Cork.
  • Dr. Prasad Kovvuru, Former IRCSET PhD student (2005-): Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Ramune Raliene, State University of New York, Albany, NY, USA.
  • Dr. Catherine O' Mahony, IRCHSS PhD Researcher (2005-): Manager of NAIRTL, Cork, Ireland.
  • Gyöngyi Bárdos, Former SFI PhD student (2004-): Lab researcher nutritional medicine, Uni Hohenheim, Germany.
  • Dr. Aisling Doyle, SFI PhD student (2003-): Research Support Officer, Biobank Technician with the INFANT SFI Research Centre in Cork University Medical Hospital, (University College Cork).
  • Dr. Sylvia Laouielle-Duprat, Former SFI PhD student (2003-): Scientific Conference Organiser with Europa Organisation, Toulouse, France. 
  • Dr. Timmy O'Donoghue, TEAGASC Walsh Fellow PhD (2004-): Postdoctoral Researcher with Prof Julie Scholes, University of Sheffield, UK.

Previous MSc students

  • Jean Conlon, MSc Biotechnology (2014): 
  • David Sheerin, MSc Biotechnology (2014):
  • Liam Higgins, MSc Biotechnology (2013): Microbiology Technician in AquaLab, Ireland.
  • Heike Huther, MSc Biotechnology (2013): Seeking research position in Dresden, Germany.
  • Kenneth Dinan, MSc Biotechnology (2010-2011): Microbiology Analyst at Amgen (Ireland).
  • Aurelie Comte, SFI MSc student (2009-): Currently in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Owen McCarthy, (2006-2007): Research Staff with GeneMedix, Tullamore, Offaly, Ireland.
  • Srinivas Suda, (2006-2007): PhD student in Microbiology with Prof. Colin Hill, UCC, Cork, Ireland.
  • Francesca Pascali, Erasmus student (Uni Perugia): currently working in INRAN, the Italian National Institute for Food and Nutrition Italy.
  • Marina Iglesias Cans: (2003-2005): PhD student in Cook Lab, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Previous Research Assistants/Associates/Lab Managers

  • Dr. Dawn Howard (2013-2014): Moved to new position as Horizon 2020 support officer for the College of Science, NUI Galway.
  • Kristina Rehmet (2010-2013): Returned to Germany to take up position as researcher with veterinary immunology section of Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald (2003-2004): Researcher with start-up biotech company Cellix
  • Anna Pietraszewska (2005-2007): PhD Student carrying out advanced microscopy research with Prof Dorus Gadella in the Section of Molecular Cytology, Center for Advanced Microscopy, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Previous Visiting Researchers/Scientists

  • Joelle de Groot (Netherlands)
  • Dayliane Andrade, Sandwich PhD student Capes/CNPQ from Federal University of Lavras, Brazil working on seed imaging.
  • Cleiton Oliviera (2013-2014) CAPES Scholarship PhD student from Federal University of Lavras, Brazil working on crop biofortification.
  • Dr. Sule Orman (2014, 6 weeks) Visiting agronomy scientist from Akdeniz University, Turkey.
  • Sheila Milker (3 weeks, 2013), Visiting Lab technician (Laborant trainee) from Tim Sharbel's lab in IPK Gatersleben, Germany (3 weeks, 2013).
  • Dipesh Kumar Singh (6 months, 2012), Incoming SFI STT Fellowship PhD student from Prof. Imran Siddiqi Lab, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, India. 
  • Amanda Tabib (2011 & 2012), Visiting PhD student from SKB Lab, Monash University, Australia working on polynucleotide repeat expansions in plants.
  • Dr. Eduardo Pereira Gomes: (2008- 2009): Postdoc on microalgal biotechnology in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Wei Li (2009-2011): Principal Investigator in Sichuan Agricultural University, China.

Previous Interns

  • Andrew Bartle (Ireland) NUI Galway intern (2015)
  • Denis Janocha (Germany) Uni Heidelberg intern (2015)
  • Genevieve Leyden (Ireland) TCD Genetics (2015)
  • Andrea Martinez (Valencia) Uni Valencia (2015)
  • Rachel Soden (Ireland)Ester Fonseca Da Silva (SWB Brazil undergraduate intern, 2014-2015)
  • Bruno Henrique Silva Dias (SWB Brazil undergraduate intern, 2014-2015)
  • Julianna Xavier (SWB Brazil undergraduate intern, 2014-2015)
  • Julia Silveira Queiroz (SWB Brazil undergraduate intern, 2014-2015)
  • Michelle Borges (SWB Brazil undergraduate intern, 2014-2015)
  • Marina Reis (SWB Brazil undergraduate intern, 2014-2015)
  • Lucille Delbruel, visiting Research Intern 2007: Degree studies on biopharmaceutics at Uni Montpellier, France.
  • Annelise Chaffot, visiting Research Intern Summer 2005: Food Technologist in Brossard, Canada.
  • Judith Cserny, Research intern: PhD studies on Inter-disciplinary Programme in Biosciences, University of Florida, USA.
  • Daniel Fäsi, SFI UREKA summer student 2005:
  • Susan Foss, visiting intern: Researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ.
  • Sean McCarthy, SFI UREKA 2004 Summer Student, Currently Postdoc in REMEDI, Galway, Ireland. 
  • Bryan O’Sullivan, Wellcome Trust Summer student 04 & SFI summer student 06: PhD student, Prof Des Higgins , UCD, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Agnieszka Paca, SFI UREKA summer student 2005: PhD student University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Seamus Stack, SFI UREKA 2004: PhD student in University of Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Benoit Villiers, Erasmus Student 2004: PhD student in University of Cambridge, UK. Project Manager in Enzyme Engineering at Global Bioenergies, Paris, France (2015).