Biology Research Day 2015

Biology Research Day 2015 - Winners
Monday, June 22, 2015 - 16:15

The 4th Biology Research Day was held on the 12th of June and provided an opportunity for PhD and MSc students, postdocs and academic staff to present and discuss their research, and to get an overview of the current research activities in the department.
In total, 20 oral presentations were given on the day, including 13 by PhD students and 6 by postdocs, and 25 posters were presented during a lively morning poster session. Biology Research Day 2015 Programme  

Prizes were generously sponsored by Roche Diagnostics this year and the following PhD students and postdocs were selected for awards:


Best postgraduate talk and Roche Researcher of the Year: 

Helen Kennelly
Helen Kennelly (Cellular Immunology Lab):  ‘Human MSC exert cytoprotective effects against emphysema through production of trophic mediators in vivo

Two Runner-ups: 

Stephen Dolan

Stephen Dolan (Biotechnology Lab): ‘Combining reverse genetics and X-ray crystallography to elucidate the structure and function of a gliotoxin bis-thiomethyltransferase in Aspergillus fumigatus

Therese Lynn, (Epithelial Immunobiology Lab) ‘Bone Morphogenetic Protein Expression in descending porcine airways’

Best postdoc talk: 

Dr. Niamh McCormack

Dr Niamh McCormack, (Host-Pathogen Interaction Lab) ‘Demonstrating a collaborative role between DDX3 and IKKε in breast cancer relevant gene expression’



Dr. Fiachra Humphries, (Molecular Immunology): ‘ECSIT: A heart-breaking protein ‘

Best poster: 

Johana Isaza Correa

Johana Isaza-Correa (Molecular Immunology): ‘Role of Pellino 3 in the regulation of necroptosis’


Rose Waldron

Rose Waldron (Biotechnology Lab):  ‘The First draft Genome of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus will allow studies of house dust mites to embrace the omics era’
Congratulations and well done to all award winners, and to everybody else who made the judges work very hard to select the winners!

Poster Viewing - Aine Adams, Dr. Fiona Walsh


Poster Viewing Dr Bingwei Wang, Dr. Emmanuelle Graciet


Poster Viewing - Dr. Karen English, Abduladim Hmmier
Poster Viewing - Mohamed Asaiyah, Dr. Christine Griffin, Dr. Fiona Walsh

Presentation - Johan Van Vlaenderen

Listening to a presentation by Kevin Goslin