Gerard O'Keeffe graduated with a BSc degree in Neuroscience from University College Cork (UCC). Subsequently he was awarded an IRC PhD fellowship which he carried out in the Department of Anatomy in UCC in Developmental Neurobiology. During his PhD, Gerard spent time at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden on an Enterprise Ireland-funded International Collaboration grant developing his research.

After graduating from his PhD, Gerard moved to Cardiff where he worked with Prof. Alun Davies FRS. Here he expanded his research interest in neural development, by studying molecular mechanisms regulating neuronal survival and growth in the developing CNS and PNS on a project funded by the Wellcome Trust.  This work was published in two studies in Nature Neuroscience.​

After completing a four year postdoctoral fellowship at Cardiff University, he was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, before returning to UCC when he was appointed as Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience to establish an his laboratory. He was subsequently promoted to lecturer 'above the bar' before being appointed as a faculty member of the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) and the APC Microbiome Institute . He was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer and was awarded an Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Award. He has been elected to the governing body of the Anatomical Society and currently sits on the council acting as the deputy website, media and communications officer. Gerard has graduated with an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is very active in pedagogy and medical education research, with his work featuring in the top three most downloaded articles in Anatomical Sciences Education in 2016 and a special issue of the decade in 2017. He has been appointed a fellow at the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning at UCC, where he explores authentic learning pedagogies and works as a mentor for staff undertaking Cert and Dip programs in TLHE. ​


Dr Noelia Morales Prieto MSc PhD

Noelia is a post-doctoral researcher in the group working on the molecular mechanisms regulating dopaminergic neuronal maintenance in Parkinson’s.

Jayanth Anantha MSc

Jayanth's PhD is studying molecular pathways linking neurotrophic factors to Parkinsonian pathology to identify new therapeutic targets for that can be targeted for neuroprotection.

Sophie Casey BSc

Sophie's IRC PhD aims to provide novel insights into the roles of altered microRNAs in the injury cascade following hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.   

Susan Goulding MSc

Susan's RISM-funded PhD is focusing on identifying novel drugs and drugs targets in neurotrophic factor families for neuroprotection in Parkinson's diseases.

Martina Mazzocchi MSc

Martina's IRC PhD is focused on screening of drugs that modulate the epigenome and their potential for neuroprotection and neuroregeneration in Parkinson's disease.

Adam O'Mahony BSc

Adam's MSc research investigates the therapeutic potential of specific microRNAs for dopaminergic neuron protection and regeneration in models of Parkinson's disease.

Gareth Lomansey BSc

Gareth's MSc research investigates the therapeutic potential of neurotrophic factors for dopaminergic neuron protection and regeneration in models of Parkinson's disease.

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Amnah Alshangiti MSc

Ammahs PhD is examining the therapeutic potential of small molecules targeting the molecular mechanisms regulating neuronal death and differentiation during development.

Rebecca Anderson BSc

Rebecca's PhD is examining the impact on prenatal inflammation on spinal cord development to provide insight into white matter injury in neonates with Prof. Kieran McDermott at GEMS UL.

Leah D'Souza MSc

Leah's current research is on the design of innovative pedagogies to enhance student competency in applying 3-D gross anatomy to 2-D radiographic anatomy in practice.

Gillian Maher MPH

Gillian's SPHERE PhD is studying the effects hypertensive disorders of pregnancy on neurodevelopmental outcomes, including ASD and ADHD, in affected children.  

Erin McCarthy BSc

​Erin IRC-funded Phd work is studying the role of growth factors and histone deacetylases in the degeneration and regeneration of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's.

Kelsey Neal BSc

Kelsey's MSc research investigates the potential of histone deacetylases as first and add-on cytotoxic agents for therapeutic approaches to paediatric neuroblastoma.

Sarah Shanahan BSc

Sarah's MSc research investigates the potential viral vectors carrying neurotrophic factor transgenes as potential neuroprotective therapies for Parkinson's disease.

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Prof. Peter Dockery 

- NUIG                 o

Prof. Kieran McDermott 

- GEMS UL            o

Prof. Aideen Sullivan   Dr. Louise Collins

Dr. Deirdre Murray   o  - CIT

Prof. Louise Kenny 

Dr. Ali Khashan

Dr. Cathal McCarthy 


o Dr Denis Barry

   Prof. Maeve Caldwell

   - TCD

Prof. Michele Morari o

- Ferrara University

Dr Humberto Gutierrez

- Lincoln University


o Dr Sean Wyatt

   - Cardiff University

Dr. Shane Hegarty      o

- Harvard University

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