Trinity College Dublin

Skip to main content.

Top Level TCD Links

Trinity Monday 2012 - Fellows and Scholars

Trinity College Dublin was founded as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars. Scholars are elected annually in various subjects on the result of an examination held in Trinity term. Scholarship or research achievement of a high order is the primary qualification for Fellowship, coupled with evidence of the candidate's contribution to the academic life of the College and an effective record in teaching.

Traditionally, the election of new Fellows and Scholars is announced by the Provost on Trinity Monday (16th April 2012) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. Two Honorary Fellows, Three Professorial Fellows, Thirteen New Fellows and 103 Scholars were elected this morning.


Honorary Fellowship


Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

President Higgins

Elected as the ninth President of Ireland in November 2011, Michael D. Higgins is known to the people of Ireland as a politician, a poet and writer, an academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society. President Higgins has demonstrated a strong commitment to education throughout the course of his career and is focusing his presidency on youth and education while promoting Ireland abroad and reconnecting with the Irish diaspora.

Back to top

Thomas Clive Lee (Prof)

Clive Lee

A Trinity graduate, Clive Lee is a Fellow of both the Dublin and Edinburgh Royal Colleges of Surgeons. He obtained his Ph.D. in bone biomechanics at Trinity and his M.D. for work undertaken while a Fulbright Scholar at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Harvard Medical School. He was appointed Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2002 and at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2007. He has been Visiting Professor of Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering at Trinity College since 2003 and is a Principal Investigator in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering where he chairs the Executive Committee.

He is a Chartered Engineer, past President of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (2000-02) and past President of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine (2003-07). He was awarded the Fulbright Medal in 2003 and the Samuel Haughton Silver Medal and his Sc.D. for published work in 2010. He is currently Honorary Secretary of the Anatomical Society and Chair of the Life Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.

Back to top


Professorial Fellowship


Khurshid Ahmad (Prof)

Khurshid Ahmad

Khurshid Ahmad is the Professor of Computer Science in the School of Statistics and Computer Science. His research areas include artificial intelligence, neural networks, fuzzy logic and behavioural finance. He grew up in Pakistan where he obtained a first class honours degree in Physics and a Masters in Nuclear Physics with distinction from the University of Karachi. He obtained his Ph.D. in Nuclear Structure Physics from the University of Surrey in 1975.

His computing career started with contributions to computer assisted learning in language learning and in engineering design during 1977-84. His research in intelligent systems was focussed on automatically identifying key concepts and associated terminology - also known as ontology - of specialist domains for affect analysis and for machine translation systems. The research was sponsored by UK Research Councils and EU Information Societies Programme. He joined Trinity College in 2005 and is working closely on behavioural finance with colleagues in the School of Business, and on cell image annotation in the School of Medicine. His current work on the impact of sentiment on prices of equities and commodities, and on systems for facilitating governance and risk assessment in financial systems, is supported by Enterprise Ireland. He is supervising an AXA Research Fellow on financial risk computation.

Back to top

Joseph Barry (Prof)

Joe Barry

Joseph Barry grew up in Fermoy, Co Cork and graduated in Medicine from University College Cork. He obtained a Masters in Community Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Having worked in the National Health Service during the 1980s, he returned to Ireland and for the past 20 years has worked as a practitioner and researcher in the field of drug misuse. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and chairs the North Inner City local drugs task force, a community based initiative to lessen drug related harm.

In addition to research and advocacy on drug related issues, Prof Barry has published in relation to prisoner health, health inequalities and health data systems. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and its Faculty of Public Health Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and Alcohol Action Ireland.

Back to top

Louise Gallagher (Prof)

Louise Gallagher

Louise Gallagher is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She graduated from Medicine in University College Dublin in 1994 and completed psychiatry training in the Dublin University (TCD) training scheme. She completed her Ph.D. in psychiatric genetics in Trinity College in 2004 following the award of a Wellcome Trust Mental Health Training Fellowship.

She has a keen interest in autism spectrum disorders and other complex neurodevelopmental disorders. Her group in Trinity College are engaged in research to better understand the clinical presentation, neurobiology and underlying genetic susceptibility of ASD. She has strong international collaborative links in the field of autism research, e.g the Autism Genome Project, Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism COST Network (ESSEA). She has generated in excess of 5 million euro research funds from national and international funding agencies for her research activities.

Back to top




Deirdre Ahern (Dr)

Deirdre Ahern

Deirdre Ahern is a Lecturer in the School of Law. She has an L.L.B. degree and a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Commercial Law from the University of Cambridge.

Her main research interest lies in the area of corporate law and governance. She has published extensively in this field and is author of a leading text on the legal obligations of company directors, Directors' Duties: Law and Practice (2009). Dr Ahern has also engaged in interdisciplinary research on ageing and has worked with the Law Reform Commission on reform proposals on the legal capacity of vulnerable adults.

A member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, Dr Ahern serves on the editorial board of The Company Lawyer and the Journal of Business Law. She is President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and the Director of the Irish Corporate Law Forum. Dr Ahern was formerly a practising commercial solicitor and a principal officer in the Law Reform Commission.

Back to top

Peter Arnds (Dr)

Peter Arnds

Peter Arnds directs the MPhil in Comparative Literature and the Centre of Literary Translation at Trinity College Dublin, where he also teaches in the German and Italian departments. He holds an M.A. from LMU Munich and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He came to Trinity in 2008 after 13 years as a Professor in the U.S., and has held visiting positions at Colby College, Middlebury College, the University of Kabul, and as Fellow to the Institute of Advanced Study at JNU Delhi.

Widely recognised as a leading scholar on the work of Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass, he has published two books and close to 40 peer-reviewed articles in German Studies, Comparative Literature, and Translation Studies. Currently, he is organising the “Law, Literature and Translation” conference at Trinity Long Room Hub, the first of a series of interdisciplinary conferences focusing on Translation Studies.

Dr Arnds served as President of the Society of Contemporary American Literature in German, has published poetry and prose (e.g., in the Dublin literary journal Cyphers and by Dedalus Press), and has recently been invited to spend two weeks at the Heinrich Boll Cottage on Achill Island.

Back to top

Shane Butler (Prof)

Shane Butler

Shane Butler is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Social Policy where his specialist teaching and research interests are in the field of alcohol and illicit drug policy.

His publications include Alcohol, Drugs and Health Promotion in Modern Ireland (2002), a detailed study of the evolution of alcohol and drug policies in Ireland during the second half of the twentieth century, and Benign Anarchy: Alcoholics Anonymous in Ireland (2010), a history of the diffusion of this American mutual-help fellowship to Ireland - the first European country in which AA was established. He is currently working with colleagues from Denmark and England on a comparative study of national alcohol policy in Denmark, England and Ireland.

Prior to working in Trinity, Dr Butler worked as a researcher and social worker with the mental health service of the Eastern Health Board. He has continued to serve on management committees of voluntary drug and alcohol agencies, and has also served on a number of governmental advisory committees.

Back to top

David Chew (Dr)

David Chew

David Chew is a Lecturer in the Department of Geology in the School of Natural Sciences. David studied geology at University College Dublin, obtaining his B.Sc. in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2001. He then took up a temporary lectureship in Trinity before moving to the University of Geneva in 2003 as a post-doctoral fellow. He returned to Trinity in late 2005 to take up a lectureship.

His research interests involve applying state-of-the-art analytical techniques in geochronology and isotope geochemistry to various problems in the field of tectonics. This has included investigating the timing of deformation and metamorphism in orogenic belts (the Caledonides and the Andes), and the formation of continental rift zones such as the East African rift. He has also led two SFI-funded projects on isotopic dating of sedimentary rocks. He is currently applying these techniques to investigating the age and duration of ancient glacial deposits in the geological record.

Back to top

Derek Doherty (Dr)

Derek Doherty

Derek Doherty is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Immunology, School of Medicine. Having graduated from Trinity College, he followed a research career in Queen's University of Belfast, King's College London (obtaining his Ph.D. in 1994), University of Washington in Seattle, University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth, before returning to Trinity in 2008.

Dr Doherty's research interests focus on the mechanisms by which the human immune system can respond to infectious agents and tumours and how it sometimes fails or responds inappropriately, causing autoimmune or allergic disease. He has obtained funding from agencies such as Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board and Enterprise Ireland and runs a group in the Institute of Molecular Medicine that is investigating the role and treatment potential of the immune system in hepatitis B, C and HIV infection and in autoimmune disease and cancer.

Back to top

Peter Gallagher (Dr)

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher leads the Solar Physics Group and is Director of the Physics and Astrophysics degree in the School of Physics. His research focuses on understanding solar activity and its impacts on Earth. He is a member of numerous ESA and NASA satellite teams, including ESA's Solar Orbiter, which will be launched in 2017 to explore the inner solar system for the first time.

Before joining Trinity College, Dr Gallagher was a Research Fellow at Owens Valley Radio Observatory and Big Bear Solar Observatory in California, and a Senior Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center near Washington DC. He is Member of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Vice-Chair of the Royal Irish Academy's Astronomy and Space Research Committee. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from University College Dublin, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Queen's University Belfast.

Back to top

Andrew Jackson (Dr)

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson is an evolutionary ecologist in the School of Natural Sciences where he has been an Assistant Professor since 2007. He graduated with a B.A. Mod in Natural Sciences, specialising in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin in 2001. His Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow in 2006 investigated the mechanisms and consequences of living in groups from a theoretical perspective.

Dr Jackson's current research continues to develop novel mathematical and computational models to understand how evolution has shaped complex systems of animal societies and ecological communities that are often dynamic, self-organising and stable. With his research team, he is answering questions about how cooperation is intertwined with the evolution of intelligence; how animal societies form in the first place; and how vultures find and access food collectively. His research is often collaborative and with his co-authors he has developed novel statistical tools using Bayesian Inference to understand the processes that generate ecological patterns in nature which are used by researchers globally.

Back to top

Ed Lavelle (Dr)

Ed Lavelle

Ed Lavelle was appointed as a Lecturer in Immunology in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in 2006.  He is a graduate from NUI Galway with a B.Sc. in Microbiology in 1990 and from the University of Plymouth with a Ph.D. in 1994. He conducted postdoctoral research at The University of Nottingham, the Rowett Research Institute (Aberdeen), NUI Maynooth and Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Lavelle's research interests are in the areas of vaccine research and immune responses to particulate materials. This work specifically focuses on how vaccine adjuvants trigger immune responses and on strategies to increase the effectiveness of both injectable and mucosal vaccines. He has an international network of academic and industrial collaborators, has published 60 peer reviewed papers and reviews and 7 book chapters and is an inventor on 5 patents.

Back to top

Aideen Long (Dr)

Aideen Long

Aideen Long joined the Department of Clinical Medicine in 2005 where she is currently Senior Lecturer in Molecular Medicine. She completed a B.Sc. in Biochemistry at UCD and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from DCU. Prior to joining Trinity College, she held the post of Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Dr Long is a Principal Investigator in the Institute of Molecular Medicine where her research focuses on the signalling aspects of leukocyte-endothelial cell interaction with particular emphasis on the role of the Protein Kinase C (PKC) family of isoenzymes in T lymphocyte signaling. Dr Long has been an active member of the Irish Society for Immunology since the early 1990s and was elected President of the Society in 2007.

Back to top

Graeme Murdock (Dr)

Graeme Murdock

Graeme Murdock is Assistant Professor of European History in the School of Histories and Humanities and Director of the Centre for Early Modern History. He graduated from the University of Oxford with B.A. in 1990 and a D.Phil. in 1996. Prior to his appointment at Trinity, Dr Murdock held a post at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Murdock's research interests focus on the development of Calvinist religious life and culture in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. He is the author of Calvinism on the Frontier. International Calvinism and the Reformed church of Hungary and Transylvania (2000) and of Beyond Calvin. The Intellectual, Political and Cultural World of Europe's Reformed Churches (2004). Dr Murdock is the author of over 40 articles and has edited collections of essays including most recently Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France (2012).

Back to top

Lorraine O'Driscoll (Dr)

Lorraine O'Driscoll

Lorraine O'Driscoll is a Lecturer in Pharmacology at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr O'Driscoll received her B.Sc. in Pharmacology and M.Sc. in Clinical Pharmacology from University College Dublin and her Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Dublin City University.

Between 1997 and 2001, she worked in research for industry (including studies for Berlex/Bayer, San Francisco; Archport; AxoNobel, The Netherlands; MedaNova; Medi-Syn) and also gained post-doctoral training at the University of Miami and Harvard University. In 2001, Dr O'Driscoll returned to academic research and lecturing posts. Prior to joining Trinity College in 2008, Dr O'Driscoll most recently held positions of Senior Research Programme Leader and Clinical Co-ordinator in Dublin City University where she lectured on biotechnology, pharmacology, biopharmaceuticals and clinical trials in the School of Biotechnology.

Dr O'Driscoll's research group of Post-Doctoral Fellows, PhD students and MD students is focussed on translational cancer research; the outputs of which have included peer-reviewed publications, patents, and Phase I/II clinical trials.

Back to top

Sam Slote (Dr)

Sam Slote

Sam Slote is an Assistant Professor in the School of English. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. He joined the staff of the School of English in Trinity College in 2007.

Dr Slote's primary research interests are the works of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. His annotated edition of Ulysses will be published by Alma Classics in September 2012. He is the author of over 50 articles and has edited five collections of essays and has authored three monographs. In addition to his work on Joyce and Beckett, he has written on Dante, Mallarme, Woolf, Borges, Nabokov, and Elvis. He is the co-director of the Samuel Beckett Summer School at Trinity College.

Back to top

Emma Stokes (Dr)

Emma Stokes

Emma Stokes is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in the Discipline of Physiotherapy. She served as Junior Dean and Registrar of Chambers from 2005-2010. She received her primary and doctoral degrees from Trinity College in 1990 and 2005 respectively and she worked as a clinical physiotherapist at St. James's Hospital.

Her clinical research has focused on the design and evaluation of novel ways of augmenting traditional physiotherapy intervention for people with stroke. Her research on professional practice has considered outcomes evaluation in physiotherapy and more recently she has directed her research towards national and international professional practice issues such as patient self-referral and advanced scope of physiotherapy practice. She was elected Vice-President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in 2011.

Back to top



Children's & General Nursing (B.Sc.) Lisa Kirwan
Sunita Maharjan
Classics Venina Svetli Kalistratova
Dental Science Aisling Cant
Lilia Collazo
Nusaybah Elsherif
Ji Ding Ho
Olivea Mourice Guirguis Gad Morcos
Drama & Theatre Studies Alexandra Ellen Greenfield
Economic & Social Studies Rahul Dewan
Marielle Grigsby Rocca
Brian Higgins
Kevin O'Reilly
Jasper Plan
Barry John Price
David Schenck
English Studies Liam Maher
Claudio Sansone
James Schuller
Matthew Peter Alexander Sullivan
History Gordon Bond
Jack Sheehan
History & Political Science Anna Harrington
David Kelleher
Human Health & Disease Nicole Karen Campbell
Amy Patricia Worrall
Integrated Engineering Siobhan Duignan
John Hickey
Sarah Noonan
Law Martha Davis
Tony Deane
Tom Kelly
Robert Noonan
Cian O'Concubhair
Law & French Cristina Susanu
Law & Political Science Angelina Maria Cox
Shane Alan Gibbons
Mathematics Charles Dillon
Benen Harrington
Medicine (5-year)

Gillian Crowe
Eoghan Dunlea
Isabelle Hunt
Patrick Richard Jordan
Eimear Keane
Sean Kelley
Ciara Kelly
Jean Lowry
Michael McCrohan
Thomas James Matthews
Rebecca Mawhinney
David John Quigley
Michael Ryan
Andrew Stokes
Owen Martin Thorpe
Conor Toale
Brian Woods

Midwifery (B.Sc.) Julika Johanna Hudson
Music Dylan Coburn Gray
Stephen O'Brien
Natural Sciences James Behan
Rachel Coyle
Vanya Eccles
Lydia Flynn
Dermot Gillen
Peter Halpin
Patrick George Paul King
Michael Anthony McInerney
Darren O'Connell
Emmet Sheerin
Nursing (B.Sc.) Jennifer Abe
Caroline Monaghan
Fran Nolan
Angele Sciberras
Occupational Therapy Edith Ngesong Betanga Aka
Lauren Boland
Carmel Cooney
Julie Donohoe
Isabel May Kennedy
Philosophy Ashika Lauren Singh
Philosophy, Political Science, Economics & Sociology Jolyon Simon Lloyd-Davies
Frederick Myles McCormick
Physiotherapy Naomi Beard
Catherine Simpson
Political Science & Geography David Beresford
Psychology Ciara Anne Devine
Rosanne Monteiro
Theoretical Physics Anna Page Lawless
Fionn Malone
Glenn Moynihan
Declan Murphy
Sean Murray
Rory David Nolan
Daniel Purdy
John Roche
Two Subject Moderatorship History & Modern Irish Pauline Carney
Deirdre Nic Charthaigh
Economics & Psychology Aine Chambers
Philosophy & World Religions & Theology Jack Gleeson
English Literature & Film Studies Justin Edward Murphy
Philosophy & Psychology Matthew O'Dowd
English Literature & History Ciaran O'Rourke
History of Art & Architecture & Sociology Gabija Purlyte
Economics & Psychology Sean Tong

Back to top

Last updated 7 June 2013 by Email: Fellows & Scholars (Email).