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Trinity Monday 2018 - 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 (9 April 2018) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. Two Honorary Fellows, Two Professorial Fellows, Fourteen New Fellows and Seventy three New Scholars were elected this morning.

Honorary Fellowship


Brian Lawlor (Professor)

 Professor Brian Lawlor, Honorary Fellow

Professor Brian Lawlor was born in Limerick and educated in Ireland and the United States. A medical graduate of University College Dublin in 1980, he trained in psychiatry and neuropsychopharmacology at the University of Florida at Gainesville and the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He was Chief of Psychogeriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine in New York before returning to Ireland in 1991 to the position of consultant old age psychiatrist at St. James's Hospital. He subsequently became Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin in 1999. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a commentator and expert on dementia matters and has published widely in the area of brain health, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. He is currently Director of the Memory Clinic at St. James's Hospital, Dublin, co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute ( at Trinity College, Dublin, and Chair of the Understand Together National Dementia Awareness Campaign (

    Dr Michael Longley

     Dr Michael Longley, Honorary Fellow

    Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he read Classics. He has published eleven collections of poetry including Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, The Weather in Japan (2000) which won both the Hawthornden Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Stairwell (2014) which won the Griffin International Prize. His Collected Poems appeared in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. In 2015 he was elected a Freeman of the City of Belfast. His most recent collection, Angel Hill, appeared in 2017, as did Sidelines: Selected Prose 1962-2015. He was awarded the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize.

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    Professorial Fellowship



    Rhodri Cusack (Professor)

    Prof Rhodri Cusack, Professorial Fellow

    Professor Rhodri Cusack is the Thomas Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin. He uses neuroimaging in infants to study how the mind develops and to provide tools for earlier diagnosis in the neonatal intensive care unit. After reading physics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he received a PhD in psychology from the University of Birmingham. He was then a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently group leader at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, and then an Associate Professor at the Brain and Mind Institute of the University of Western Ontario. His research has been funded by the IRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, EPSRC, CIHR, and NSERC, and he recently received the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant. He has 95 peer-reviewed publications.

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    Aljosa Smolic (Professor)

    Professor Smolic is the SFI Research Professor of Creative Technologies at Trinity College Dublin. Before joining Trinity, Professor Smolic was with Disney Research Zurich as Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Advanced Video Technology group, and with the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI), Berlin, also heading a research group as Scientific Project Manager. At Disney Research he led over 50 R&D projects in the area of visual computing that have resulted in numerous publications and patents, as well as technology transfers to a range of Disney business units. Professor Smolic served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and the Signal Processing: Image Communication journal. He was Guest Editor for the Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on CSVT, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, and other scientific journals. His research group at TCD, V-SENSE, is on visual computing, combining computer vision, computer graphics and media technology, to extend the dimensions of visual sensation, with specific focus on immersive technologies such as AR, VR, free viewpoint video, 360/omni-directional video, and light-fields.

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    Giuliana Adamo (Assistant Professor)

    Giuliana Adamo Assistant Professor, New Fellow

    Giuliana Adamo is a lecturer in Italian studies in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. She received her Laurea cum laude from the University of Pavia (Italy), and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Reading (UK) and a Master of Philosophy in Humanities Honour Degree from Trinity College Dublin. She is a Fulbrighter for life. Dr Adamo's main research interests are in history, literature, poetry, language, and society. Her approach is historical and philological with a strong comparative and interdisciplinary outlook. Dr Adamo's publications include the critically-acclaimed monographs: Metro e ritmo nel primo Palazzeschi (2003), Vittore Bocchetta. Una vita contro. Ribelle, antifascista, deportato, esule, artista (2012), L'inizio e la fine: I confini del romanzo nel canone occidentale (2013). She is the co-author of L'ultimo dono di Quetzacoatl, Viaggio introno al cacao e divagazioni (2001) which was awarded the prestigious Angelini Literary Prize 2002, Luigi Meneghello. Volta la carta la ze finia. Biografia per immagini (2008), and the editor of La parola scritta e pronunciata. Nuovi saggi sulla narrativa di Vincenzo Consolo (2006), Paolo Cherchi. Erudizione e leggerezza. Saggi di filologia comparativa (2012), About Umberto Eco, (2015); and the co-translator of Antigiudaismo. La tradizione occidentale (2016). She constantly contributes essays, articles and reviews to leading peer reviewed journals. She also writes children tales: Le fiabe di Picéto. Dieci fiabe per bambini dai sei ai cento anni (2006).

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    Ruth Barton (Associate Professor)

    Ruth Barton

    Ruth Barton is a graduate of Modern Languages at TCD and has worked in advertising, public relations and film exhibition. She joined the staff of Trinity in 2007 after completing a M.A. and PhD in Film Studies at UCD. She is the author of a number of publications on Irish cinema including Irish National Cinema (Routledge, 2004) and Acting Irish in Hollywood (Irish Academic Press, 2006). She has written critical biographies of the Hollywood star, Hedy Lamarr: Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in Film (University Press of Kentucky, 2010) and the Irish silent era director, Rex Ingram: Rex Ingram, Visionary Director of the Silent Screen (University Press of Kentucky, 2014). She is a regular contributor to RTÉ's Arena.

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    Adrian Bracken (Associate Professor)

    Adrian Bracken, Associate Professor, New Fellow

    Adrian Bracken is an Associate Professor in the School of Genetics and Microbiology. He completed his PhD in Trinity College Dublin in 2000, before undertaking postdoctoral fellowships at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan and the Centre of Epigenetics in Copenhagen. In 2008, he returned to Dublin and today is an Associate Professor in the School of Genetics and Microbiology. His research focuses on the field of epigenetics and its relevance to stem cells and cancer. His lab regularly publishes their work in high-profile Nature and Cell press journals. He has also translated his lab's basic research findings, including developing a new diagnostic tool called OncoMasTR, designed to aid oncologists determine the best treatment options for breast cancer patients. In 2017, he was awarded €2.5M funding from Science Foundation Ireland, The Worldwide Cancer Research Fund, and the Health Research Board to continue to study the genetics and epigenetics of several types of cancer.

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    Ruth Britto (Associate Professor)

    Ruth Britto, New Fellow

    Ruth Britto is a theoretical physicist studying fundamental interactions. She is best known for her work on scattering amplitudes, which describe the production and decay of elementary particles. She made seminal contributions in recursive constructions, which bypass traditional Feynman diagrams to yield surprisingly elegant formulas efficiently. She is currently probing deep mathematical structure in these functions, with the aims of developing powerful computational algorithms for high-energy collisions and revealing hidden principles of quantum field theory. She earned degrees in mathematics from MIT and in physics from Harvard, and held research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Amsterdam, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and CEA-Saclay before coming to Trinity College Dublin in 2014, where she is an Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics. 

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    Matthew Campbell (Assistant Professor)

    Matthew Campbell, New Fellow

    Matthew Campbell graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 2006 with a PhD in Biochemistry followed by Post-doctoral research with Prof Pete Humphries in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in Human Molecular Genetics (2006-2012). He has published extensively on the use of novel technologies to enhance drug delivery to the brain. Additionally, he has published numerous articles focused on understanding the molecular pathology of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Alzheimer's disease, Schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  He leads the Neurovascular Genetics Research group based in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at TCD where he is also a lecturer. In 2013, he was awarded Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) most prestigious prize for young researchers, the President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA) in relation to his BBB based research.  In the same year, he was awarded the Genentech/ARVO fellowship for his ophthalmology focused work related to AMD.  This work has led to numerous papers including Nature Medicine (2012, 2014) and Science Translational Medicine (2014) describing the therapeutic potential for a molecule termed Interkeukin-18 (IL-18) and its use in treating patients with AMD.  He is co-founder of two companies, established to commercialize research outputs from his group.

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    Norah Campbell (Assistant Professor)

    Norah Cambell, New Fellow

    Norah Campbell’s research is on extreme risk. As technoscience approaches what is known as NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno) convergence, the new markets that emerge will outscale and outpace the agricultural, industrial and information revolutions combined. Her work is on the management of these conditions that define the 21st century. Her most recent projects are on the ontology of climate change, subcultures of extreme preparations for climate change, and public understanding of nanotechnology. As a marketing expert, she also educates and advises on the ways in which contemporary marketing multiplies desire, stimulates invidious social comparison and manipulates vulnerability. She works with others in the field to propose alternative pleasures, pursuits and principles to market-based logics.

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    Eleanor Denny (Associate Professor)

    Eleanor Denny, New Fellow

    Eleanor Denny is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy.  Her area of research is in energy and behavioural economics and she has developed a substantial research team of in this area over the past few years, including 8 PhD students.  She is principal investigator on a large number of national and international projects, including as lead academic for the Irish Research Council NEEPD project and coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project CONSEED .  She is the Director of Trinity Research in Social Science (TRiSS), a research hub for all social science research at Trinity encompassing over 250 social science academics and 50 PhD students. Her research has a strong policy component and she has published for the International Energy Agency and contributed to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Her report on job creation in the renewables sector in Ireland was launched by Minister Rabbitte in 2014.  She sits on the external advisory board of the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES) and on advisory boards in the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). She was the inaugural recipient of the European award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2012 (awarded by the Central European University in Budapest) and was awarded a Provost teaching award in Trinity College Dublin in 2010.

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    David Finlay (Assistant Professor)

    David Finlay, Associate Professor, New Fellow

    Dr David Finlay is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Immunometabolism in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee in 2006. Dr Finlay’s research is at the forefront of the emerging field of Immunometabolism. His research team are revealing novel strategies to modulate immune cell function through targeting cellular metabolism and new therapeutic opportunities are being explored. Dr Finlay’s research has been published in the top journals in the field of Immunology and he is the recipient of major awards including a Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Award in 2014 and a European Research Council Consolidator Award in 2017.

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    Sarah McCormack (Associate Professor)

    Sarah McCormack, New Fellow

    Sarah McCormack is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. She received her degree and PhD from Ulster University and was appointed to Trinity in 2009. Her research is on Sustainable Energy with a focus on Solar Energy and Energy Storage for application in the built environment.  She has published more than 100 papers and has lead national and EU projects as well as COST Action.  Her work on Luminescent devices has been at the forefront, being the first to introduce quantum dots collaborating with Imperial College and investigating plasmonic augmentation in these devices.  She has recently been awarded a prestigious European Research Council Starter Grant for her project PEDAL – investigating plasmonic enhancement for luminescent devices for solar application in buildings.

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    Tristan McLoughlin (Assistant Professor)

    Tristan McLoughiln, New Fellow

    Tristan McLoughlin joined the School of Mathematics, where he is an Associate Professor, in 2012. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. in Theoretical Physics, having been elected a scholar in 1997, and obtained his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2005. Prior to taking up a faculty position in Trinity he held post-doctoral appointments at the Pennsylvania State University and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Golm, Germany. His research is in the areas of Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity and String Theory with a focus on using mathematical models to understand the underlying structure of theories describing elementary particles and their interactions. His research has received funding from the European Commission, the German Science Foundation, the Irish Research Council and he is currently the principle investigator of an SFI award aimed at developing theoretical methods for studying strongly coupled systems.

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    Marco Ruffini (Assistant Professor)

    Marco Ruffini, New Fellow

    Marco Ruffini received his M.Eng. in telecommunications in 2002 from Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. After working as a research scientist for Philips R&D in Germany, he joined Trinity College Dublin in 2005, where he received his Ph.D. in 2007. Ruffini is with the School of Computer Science and Statistics and is an SFI principal investigator. He is part of CONNECT, the centre for future networks and communication, where he leads the Optical Network Architectures laboratory. His main research area is 5G optical networks: he carries out pioneering work on the convergence of fixed-mobile and access-metro networks, and on the virtualisation of next generation networks. He has been invited to share his visions and ideas across the world through several keynote and talks at major international conferences. He has authored over 100 international publications and over 10 patents.

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    Desmond Ryan (Associate Professor)

    Desmond Ryan, New Fellow

    Desmond Ryan is an Associate Professor in the School of Law, where he is the Convenor of the Private Law Research Group. He studied law at Trinity College Dublin, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Balliol College, Oxford, and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. His principal areas of research are Employment Law and Tort Law and he has published widely in these areas in leading international peer-reviewed journals. Dr Ryan was formerly a Visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford and he has held visiting positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of San Francisco. Dr Ryan is the Convenor for Ireland of the Society of Legal Scholars. He was awarded a Provost’s Teaching Award in 2011.

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    David Shepherd (Assistant Professor)

    David Shepherd, New Fellow

    David Shepherd is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the director of the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies which he helped to establish in 2016.  His research ranges widely in biblical studies and includes work on the Hebrew Bible in its literary and theological context, in its ancient versions and in the arts.  In addition to a variety of other publications, he is the author of Targum and Translation (Brill, 2004) and The Bible on Silent Film (CUP, 2013), co-author of Ezra & Nehemiah (Eerdmans, 2018), editor of Images of the Word (SBL, 2008) and The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (2016) and he co-adapted Bertolt Brecht’s The David Fragments for the stage in 2017 (Beckett [Dublin] and Greenwood [London]). David is co-chair of the ‘Bible and Visual Culture’ programme unit of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Studies (UK and Ireland) and co-editor of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Sage).

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    Benjamin Wold (Assistant Professor)

    Martin Sokol, Associate Professor, New Fellow

    Benjamin Wold is Assistant Professor in the discipline of ancient Judaism and Christianity. He has published widely on the Dead Sea Scrolls and explores their significance for the study of multiple religious traditions in the Ancient Near East. In general, his research has focused on the reconstruction and translation of second century BCE scrolls composed in Hebrew. From Washington State (USA), he holds degrees from the American Institute in Jerusalem (M.A.) and Durham University, UK (Ph.D.) and has received research awards from the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Benjamin is an active member within Ancient Near Eastern Studies internationally, most recently having spent a research period at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem (2017) as a Senior Fellow. At TCD, he is a member of the Trinity Centre for Biblical Studies.

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Last updated 29 April 2019 by Email: Fellows & Scholars (Email).