LAB ALUMNI

Ms. Sarah Shanahan (MSc 2019)

Sarah completed her MSc research studying the expression of histone deacetylases in distinct brain regions in neurotoxin and alpha-synuclein pre-clinical models of Parkinson's disease  in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Mr. Adam O'Mahony (MSc 2019)

Adam completed his MSc research using bioinformatics and cellular models of dopaminergic neuron differentiation and growth to study the effects of specific microRNA in neuronal survival and growth  in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Mr. Gareth Lomansey (MSc 2019)

Gareth completed his MSc research studying the cell effects and mechanisms of action of neurotrophic factors for their ability to promote dopaminergic neuron survival and axon growth in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Ms. Kelsey Neal (MSc 2019)

Kelsey completed her MSc research investigating the effects and mechanisms of action of class specific histone deacetylases in neuroblastoma which is the most cause of childhood deaths from cancer in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Mr. Alex Morris (MSc 2019)

Alex's MSc in Mol Cell Biology research investigated effects of bone morphogenetic proteins on neuronal survival and growth in cellular models of Parkinson's disease in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe.

Ms. Chiara Zanetti (Erasmus 2018-2019)

Chiara completed her 6 month Erasmus placement from the University of Ferrara in Italy, on research investigating the use of pharmaceutical approaches to target the histone deacetylases as a therapeutic approach for neuroprotection in Parkinson's disease. 

Ms. Sarah Akel (Erasmus 2018-2019)

Sarah completed her 6 month Erasmus placement from IMC Krems in Austria on research investigating the use pharmaceutical and siRNA-based approaches to target specific HDACs for axonal regeneration in Parkinson's disease.

 

Dr. Ruth Concannon (Post-doc 2016 to  2018)

Ruth completed a post-doc in the group working on the investigation of the effects of alpha-synuclein on dopaminergic neuron degeneration and on the potential of viral vector-mediated neurotrophic factor delivery for disease-modification in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Grace Crotty (MD 2018)

Grace completed her MD in a project investigating the role and development of clinical and molecular biomarkers in people with Parkinson's in a project co-supervised by Dr. Sean O'Sullivan, Prof. Aideen Sullivan and Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe. 

Mr. Alan John Draddy (MSc 2018)

Alans MSc in Mol Cell Biology research investigated the expression of key epigenomic modulators in the human brain and their role in regulation of neuronal growth in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe.

Ms. Erin McCarthy (MSc 2018)

Erin's MSc focused on studying the roles of developmental signals on the growth and differentiation of neuroblastoma and their potential as prognostic biomarkers in a Project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe Prof. Aideen Sullivan and Dr. Louise Collins.

 

Dr. Katie Togher (PhD 2018)

Katie completed her PhD on the impact of stress on pregnancy outcomes and the infant microbiome in a project co-supervised with Dr. Gerard Clarke, Dr. Ali Khashan, Dr, Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Louise Kenny.

Mr. Jason Radford (MSc 2017)

Jason completed his MSc research studying the impact of maternal inflammation on placental and fetal outcomes affected offspring in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Louise Kenny.

Dr. David O'Driscoll (MSc 2017)

David completed his MSc on the study of hypoxic-ischemic exposure on pre-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe, Prof. Louise Kenny and Prof. Geraldine Boylan.

Ms. Susan Goulding (MSc 2017)

Susan's MSc in Biotechnology research investigated the role of neurotrophic factor signalling in the survival and growth of dopaminergic neurons in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Dr. Louise Collins.

Ms. Daniella Dunlea (MSc 2017)

Daniella MSc in Biotechnology research investigated the role of p300 histone acetyltransferases in the regulation of neurotrophic factor signalling in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Dr. Shane Hegarty.

Ms. Martina Mazzocchi (MSc 2017)

Martina completed her 8 month MSc research placement studying the role of DNA methylation in neuronal survival and growth in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Michele Morari at the University of Ferrara, Italy.

Dr. Shane Hegarty (Post-doc to 2016)

Shane completed two years of IRC and NUI funded post-doctoral research training in the laboratory investigating the molecular mechanisms regulating the development of the nigrostriatal pathway. 

Dr. Ahmad Hassan Sheik (MD 2016)

Ahmad completed his MD on the study of the Anatomy-Surgery interface and in the development of new pedagogical approaches to improve integration in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. John Cryan.

 

Ms. Rachel Williamson (MSc 2016)

Rachel completed her MSc on the study of the anti-inflammatory effects of magnesium sulphate treatment in in vitro model of placental inflammation in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Louise Kenny.

Dr. Megan Straley (PhD 2015)

Megan completed her IRC PhD studying how maternal infection at different stages of pregnancy can affect fetal neurodevelopmental outcomes, and how these evolve across the lifespan in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe.

Dr. Sean Crampton (PhD 2015)

Sean completed his MD on the study of the effects of inflammation and stress during pregnancy on neurodevelopmental outcomes in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe.

Dr. Louise Collins (Post-doc to 2014)

Louise completed one and a half years of postdoctoral training on SFI-funded project examining the potential of small-molecule epigenetic modifying agents as therapies for neuroprotection in Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Shane Hegarty (PhD 2014)

Shane completed his IRC PhD studying the molecular mechanisms of neurotrophic factor signalling in midbrain dopaminergic neurons in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Ms. Rebecca Sheenan (MSc 2014)

Alans MSc in Mol Cell Biology research investigated the effects of inflammatory interleukin signalling on neural progenitor cells in the developing midbrain in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Ms. Giorgia Dal Bo (MSc 2014)

Giorgia completed her 8 month MSc research placement investigating the role of NOFQ on the survival and growth of dopaminergic neurons in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Michele Morari at the University of Ferrara. 

Dr. Louise Collins (Post-doc to 2014)

Sinead completed two years of IRC funded post-doctoral research training in the laboratory investigating the potential of viral-vector mediated anti-inflammatory therapy as a novel neuroprotective approach in models of Parkinson's disease. 

Dr. Aisling Gavin (PhD 2013)

Aisling completed her PhD studying the  expression and regulation the BMP neurotrophic factor pathway in translational models of Parkinson's disease in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

 

Dr. Sinead Walsh (Post-Doc 2011 to 2013)

Sinead completed her IRC-funded postdoctoral reesarch studying the expression of neurotrophic factor pathway components in translational models of Parkinson's disease in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

 

Dr. Aoife Nolan (PhD 2013)

Aoife completed her IRC PhD studying the roles of maternal inflammation during pregnancy in developmental windows on neuronal growth and differentiation in the developing PNS in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe.

Dr. Laura McKelvey (PhD 2013)

Laura completed her PhD investigating the role of tumor necrosis factor superfamily members in the regulation of neuronal differentiation and axonal growth in the developing peripheral nervous system in a project supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe.

Ms. Sarah Louise Long (MSc 2012)

aniella MSc in Biotechnology research investigated the role of inflammation in neuronal and glial cell differentiation during development in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

Dr. Eimear Treacy (MSc 2011)

Eimear completed her MSc research in the lab studying the impact of inflammatory cytokines on the growth and differentiation on hippocampal NPCs in a project co-supervised by Dr. Yvonne Nolan and Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe. 

Mr. Sean Crampton (MSc 2010)

Sean completed his MSc in the lab characterising the neuroanatomical alterations in the nigrostriatal system in the GDF5 brachypod mouse brain in a project co-supervised by Dr. Gerard O'Keeffe and Prof. Aideen Sullivan.

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