Professor Paula Murphy is the Registrar and has statutory responsibility for the records of both Trinity College Dublin and the University of Dublin. (Trinity College Dublin is the sole constituent College of the University of Dublin, established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592). For most practical purposes, Trinity College and the University of Dublin may be regarded as one and the same institution. However, degrees are awarded by the University of Dublin, not Trinity College, and this is the main instance when the roles of the two bodies diverge). As such, the Registrar is the only College Officer of both Trinity College Dublin and the University of Dublin. She is custodian of the Statutes and responsible for all graduation ceremonies. She chairs the Academic Appeals Committee and the Student Disciplinary Committee. The Registrar also oversees the College's inter-institutional relationships within Ireland.
Paula Murphy is Professor in Developmental Biology, in the School of Natural Sciences (Zoology Discipline). She was an undergraduate student at Trinity College, graduating in Natural Sciences, specialising in Genetics. She was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Studentship, to carry out research for her PhD thesis at the University of Edinburgh (MRC Human Genetics Unit). Two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships from the European Molecular Biology Organisation and the Human Frontiers Science Programme provided research experience at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) (1991-1993) and the Ecole Normale Superieur, Paris (1993-1995). Following a research position in Oslo she returned to take up her current post at Trinity College in 2001. In 2008 she was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.