Dr McMahon's research focuses on medical and intellectual property law. She is particularly interested in the regulation of emerging health technologies, and in the role of ethics in the patenting of health-related inventions. Recent projects include work funded by the British Academy examining the divergent legal approaches to gene patentability in the EU, US, and Canada. Aisling’s PhD from the University of Edinburgh examined the institutional influences on the interpretation of the morality provisions in the European patent system for biotechnological inventions.
Aisling was a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford (Caroline Miles Visiting Scholar), the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and the Hastings Center, New York. She was Managing Editor (2012-2013) and Editor-in-Chief (2013-2015) of SCRIPTed Journal of Law, Technology and Society, and is currently the Book Reviews Editor for Medical Law International .
Aisling joins Maynooth University from Durham University where she was an Assistant Professor in Biolaw and Co-Director of the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) (2017-2018). Prior to this she was a lecturer in law at Newcastle University (2014-2017) and previously, an AHRC research fellow on the interdisciplinary 'Banking (On) the Brain' project at the University of Edinburgh. Aisling holds a BCL and LLM (Law, Technology and Governance) from the National University of Ireland Galway.
Aisling can be contacted at email@example.com