News & Events 2016
Professor Luke O’Neill is Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society
3 May 2016
Professor Luke O’Neill, School of Biochemistry and Immunology, has been elected as Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. More details
Scientists Write New Language for Cells
11 April 2016
In a ground-breaking study that merges linguistics, biochemistry, computer science and mathematics, scientists in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology led by Gavin Davey, Associate Professor in Neuroscience, have written a formal language that enables deciphering of the highly complex manner in which proteins are modified by sugar molecules. More details
Transition Year Programme
Once again our 2015/16 student transition year programme was a huge success with many labs hosting what will hopefully be our future undergraduates. We received over 300 applications from schools all over the country and selected 50 students, 23 for the week in November and 27 for the week in March. 18 counties were represented, with students from Donegal to Wexford, Sligo to Kerry and even the Aran Islands and Belfast! Feedback was very positive so many thanks to the staff and students who gave their time to making the programme such a great success.
Photograph: February 2016 group
News & Events 2015
Immunologists Unearth Key Piece of MRSA Vaccine Puzzle
9 November 2015
Immunologists from Trinity College Dublin have unearthed a key piece of the MRSA vaccine puzzle by identifying specific ‘helper’ cells whose role in the immune response is critical in affecting infection outcomes. The immunologists were able to develop a model vaccine, which targeted these ‘T-helper type 1’ cells, and then showed experimentally that its use led to improved infection outcomes. More details
Keith Tipton Medal for Postgraduate Research
The Keith Tipton Medal for Postgraduate Research (2nd year PhD student) was awarded to Mariann Landsberger.
Her project involves identifying novel viral inhibitors of transcription factors activated during innate immunity, and her supervisor is Prof Andrew Bowie.
Biochemists Devise New Technique for Blueprinting Cell Membrane Proteins
4 June 2015
Biochemists from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin have devised a new technique that will make the difficult but critical job of blueprinting certain proteins considerably faster, easier and cheaper, and should have major implications in the field of drug discovery and development. More details
The Bruno Bash and the Margaret Ciotti Medal
21 May 2015
The Margaret Ciotti medal is awarded annually to the best Senior Sophister experimentalist and is given by Bruno Orsi, a retired lecturer, in honour of his late wife, Margaret, a biochemist who worked on NAD+ and NADP+-dependent enzymes.
This year is the 20th anniversary of the first Bruno Bash and Margaret Ciotti prize-giving ceremony and to mark the occasion past recipients of the medal were invited back to the School. We also invited the first winner of the medal, Eric Miska, who is now Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics in Cambridge, to give a talk before the prize giving ceremony. A commemmorative booklet was produced by Margaret and Bruno's son Marcus.
This year's prize was awarded to Andrew O’Meara for his project titled 'Characterisation of the stimulatory properties of a synthetic glycolipid for human natural killer T cells'. His supervisor was Dr Derek Doherty. Photographs.
Scientists Uncover Marvel Molecule that Could Lead to Treatments for Myriad of Inflammatory Disease
17 February 2015
Scientists in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin have uncovered a marvel molecule that blocks a key driver of inflammatory diseases. The finding could meet a major unmet clinical need by inspiring new non-invasive treatments for arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Muckle-Wells syndrome, among a myriad of other inflammatory diseases. More details
News & Events 2014
Cliona O’Farrelly wins a 2014 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science
5 November 2014
Professor of Comparative Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, Cliona O’Farrelly, has won a 2014 Nature Award for Mentoring in Science at Science Foundation Ireland’s 2014 Summit. The leading international journal Nature hosts these awards on an annual basis to champion the importance of mentoring and inspiring future generations of young researchers. More details A reception was held in TBSI in April 2015 to celebrate the award. Photographs
Bacterial Blueprints Could Give Doctors and Nurses Fewer Sleepless Nights
11 August 2014
One of the most common types of bacterial infection might soon give doctors and nurses fewer sleepless nights, thanks to a discovery made by scientists from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin. More details
Postgraduate Immunology Students From Around the World Present Novel Research Findings
4 July 2014
Our Immunology MSc. students presented their research findings to members of the School, peer researchers and a panel of judges at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) on 4 July. More details
Luke O'Neill Chosen for Thompson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds List
30 June 2014
Two Trinity College Dublin scientists have been selected to join 3000 authors from around the world in Thompson Reuters’ new compilation of influential names in science. Professor Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry, School of Biochemistry and Immunology in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and Professor Jonathan Coleman, Professor of Chemical Physics in the School of Physics will appear in the Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers website and 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds report which has been recently launched.
Professors O’Neill and Coleman join only seven other Irish scientists on this illustrious list of authors who rank among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication (between 2002 and 2012).
Professor O’Neill has been included among other notable scientists in the field of immunology. More details
Richard Porter commended at Provost Teaching Awards
18 June 2014
Richard Porter who received a commendation at the Provost Teaching Awards ceremony on Wednesday 18 June.
Andrew Bowie elected member of the Royal Irish Academy
30 May 2014
Andrew Bowie has been elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Membership of the Royal Irish Academy is the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic achievement. The admittance ceremony was on 30 May. Visit the Royal Irish Academy website for more details on the announcement. Information is also available on the TCD News and Events website.
The Bruno Bash and the Margaret Ciotti Medal
19 May 2014
The Margaret Ciotti medal is awarded to the best Senior Sophister experimentalist and is given by Bruno Orsi, a retired lecturer, in honour of his late wife, Margaret, a biochemist who worked on NAD+ and NADP+-dependent enzymes.
This year's prize was awarded to Sorcha Forde for her project titled 'An investigation into the immunomodulatory effects of Dimethyl Fumarate in the treatment of psoriasis'. Her project supervisor was Dr Jean Fletcher.
View photographs from the event.