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Professor Laura Gleeson
Associate Professor Consultant, Clinical Medicine


Laura graduated from Trinity College Dublin Medicine in 2010, and attained membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in 2013. She completed her Higher Specialist Training in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine in 2020, before embarking upon a Clinical Fellowship in Pleural Disease and Interventional Pulmonology in Imperial NHS Trust in London.

Throughout her training, Laura was actively involved in translational medical research, and was awarded the Health Research Board's (HRB) Health Professional Fellowship to fund her PhD work examining the immunometabolic response of human macrophages to Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection. Through this work, she demonstrated for the first time the centrality of glycolytic reprogramming in the early innate immune response to Mtb infection, and crucially demonstrated defects in this essential immunometabolic response in alveolar macrophages from smokers' lungs.

In 2023, she was appointed as Associate Professor in Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, and Consultant Respiratory Physician in St James's Hospital. With the support of HRB funding through the Clinician Scientist Fellowship, she is exploring the role of safe, FDA-approved metabolic manipulators on the immunometabolic innate immune response to infection and the impact of macrophage ontogeny on metabolic and functional outcomes in infection, with a view to developing new treatments for TB and other respiratory pathogens.

Laura is passionate about promoting the clinical / scientific collaborations to promote truly transformative translational research that addresses questions that really matter and delivers solutions to the patient's bedside.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gleeson LE, Waterer G, Beyond antibiotics: recent developments in the diagnosis and management of NTM infection, Breathe (Sheffield, England), 18, (2), 2022 Journal Article, 2022

Gleeson LE, Waterer G., Beyond antibiotics: recent developments in the diagnosis and management of nontuberculous mycobacterial infection., Breathe (Sheffield, England), 18, (2), 2022, p210171 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Gleeson, L.E. and Roche, H.M. and Sheedy, F.J., Obesity, COVID-19 and innate immunometabolism, British Journal of Nutrition, 125, (6), 2021, p628-632 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

O'Brien CM, O'Brien AC, Gleeson L, Conlon K, Feeney J, Malone DE., Imaging of genetically-mediated pancreatitis., Clinical imaging, 65, 2020, p113-118 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Herron M, Chong SG, Gleeson L, Nicholson S, Fahy RJ., Paraneoplastic sarcoidosis: a review., QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians, 113, (1), 2020, p17-19 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Hackett, E.E., Charles-Messance, H., O'Leary, S.M., Gleeson, L.E., Muñoz-Wolf, N., Case, S., Wedderburn, A., Johnston, D.G.W., Williams, M.A., Smyth, A., Ouimet, M., Moore, K.J., Lavelle, E.C., Corr, S.C., Gordon, S.V., Keane, J., Sheedy, F.J., Mycobacterium tuberculosis Limits Host Glycolysis and IL-1ß by Restriction of PFK-M via MicroRNA-21, Cell Reports, 30, (1), 2020, p124-136.e4 Journal Article, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Gleeson LE, Gary Lee YC., Predicting Patient Outcome in the Evolving Field of Malignant Pleural Effusion., Journal of bronchology & interventional pulmonology, 27, (1), 2020, p1-3 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Dockry É, O'Leary S, Gleeson LE, Lyons J, Keane J, Gray SG, Doherty DG, Epigenetic induction of CD1d expression primes lung cancer cells for killing by invariant natural killer T cells, OncoImmunology, 2018, pe1428156- Journal Article, 2018 URL

Gleeson LE, O'Leary SM, Ryan D, McLaughlin AM, Sheedy FJ, Keane JM., Cigarette Smoking Impairs the Bioenergetic Immune Response to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection., American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Gleeson LE, Sheedy FJ, Palsson-McDermott EM, Triglia D, O'Leary SM, O'Sullivan MP, O'Neill LA, Keane J, Cutting Edge: Mycobacterium tuberculosis Induces Aerobic Glycolysis in Human Alveolar Macrophages That Is Required for Control of Intracellular Bacillary Replication., Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 196, (6), 2016, p2444-2449 Journal Article, 2016 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

O'Connor G, Gleeson LE, Fagan-Murphy A, Cryan SA, O'Sullivan MP, Keane J, Sharpening nature's tools for efficient tuberculosis control: A review of the potential role and development of host-directed therapies and strategies for targeted respiratory delivery., Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, 102, 2016, p33 - 54 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Ní Cheallaigh, C., Sheedy, F.J., Harris, J., Muñoz-Wolf, N., Lee, J., West, K., McDermott, E.P., Smyth, A., Gleeson, L.E., Coleman, M., Martinez, N., Hearnden, C.H., Tynan, G.A., Carroll, E.C., Jones, S.A., Corr, S.C., Bernard, N.J., Hughes, M.M., Corcoran, S.E., O'Sullivan, M., Fallon, C.M., Kornfeld, H., Golenbock, D., Gordon, S.V., O'Neill, L.A., Keane, J. Lavelle, E.C, A Common Variant in the Adaptor Mal Regulates Interferon Gamma Signaling., Immunity, 44, (2), 2016, p368 - 379 Journal Article, 2016 URL TARA - Full Text

Gleeson, L.E., Sheedy, F.J., Metabolic reprogramming & inflammation: Fuelling the host response to pathogens, Seminars in Immunology, 28, (5), 2016, p450-468 Journal Article, 2016

Palsson-McDermott EM, Curtis AM, Goel G, Lauterbach MA, Sheedy FJ, Gleeson LE, van den Bosch MW, Quinn SR, Domingo-Fernandez R, Johnson DG, Jiang J, Israelsen WJ, Keane J, Thomas C, Clish C, Vanden Heiden M, Xavier RJ, O'Neill LA, Pyruvate Kinase M2 Regulates Hif-1alfa Activity and IL-1ß Induction and Is a Critical Determinant of the Warburg Effect in LPS-Activated Macrophages., Cell metabolism, 21, (1), 2015, p65-80 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

Gleeson LE, Keane J, First Steps in Biomarker Assessment for Reactivation Risk in Latent Tuberculosis Infection., American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine, 192, (5), 2015, p534-5 Journal Article, 2015

Gleeson, L.E., Varghese, C., Ryan, E., Kane, M., Mcdonald, C., Gleeson, N., McLaughlin, A.-M., Butler, K., Gavin, P., Keane, J., Untreated chronic tuberculous salpingitis followed by successful in vitro fertilization conception and congenital tuberculosis, QJM, 108, (11), 2015, p899-901 Journal Article, 2015 TARA - Full Text DOI

O'Leary SM, Coleman MM, Chew WM, Morrow C, McLaughlin AM, Gleeson LE, O'Sullivan MP, Keane J., Cigarette smoking impairs human pulmonary immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis., American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 190, (12), 2014, p1430 - 1436 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Gleeson LE, Jennings S, Gavin R, McConaghy D, Collins DR, Primary care in nursing homes revisited: survey of the experiences of primary care physicians., Irish medical journal, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Gleeson L, Alam J, Lane S., SMART phones and the acute respiratory patient., Irish medical journal, 105, (5), 2012, p143-146 Journal Article, 2012 DOI



European Respiratory Society

Irish Society of Immunology

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Irish Thoracic Society