In the O'Keeffe Lab we use chemical, biochemical and genetic techniques to discover and characterize new mechanisms that control the development, degeneration and regeneration of neurons. We are interested in applying this knowledge to find new ways to protect neurons in the developing brain, and to preserve the viability of damaged neurons in the ageing one. We are also actively engaged in training the next generation of scientists at undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. The O'Keeffe lab is also affiliated with several research centres in UCC including APC Microbiome Ireland, and Cork Neuroscience Centre and work in our lab is generously supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Irish Research Council.
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