Meet Our Researchers
At Trinity College Dublin our Researchers are at the coalface of efforts to fight COVID-19 and to ensure that communities and society are protected.
Professor Kingston MillsProfessor of Experimental Immunology
School of Biochemistry and Immunology
Co-lead of the Trinity COVID-19 Immunology Project
The Trinity COVID-19 Project builds on Trinity’s world-class immunology expertise, accelerating research now to tackle COVID-19 and develop solutions to control the pandemic and protect our communities.
Professor Luke O’NeillProfessor of Biochemistry
Global pioneer in inflammation research
The O’Neill lab is exploring novel anti-inflammatory strategies to use in the effort to treat patients with COVID19, in order to improve clinical outcomes and decrease fatalities. Professor O’Neill has been one of the leading voices in the national and international media discourse on COVID-19 during the pandemic.
Professor Rose Anne KennyProfessor Geriatric Medicine/Consultant
Professor Kenny has contributed to the national effort against COVID-19 by presenting evidence from the TILDA study (The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing) to advise on the care of our older generation during the pandemic and in shaping public policy for state interventions and healthcare guidelines.
Professor Catherine ComiskeyFTCD, Professor in Healthcare Statistics
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Professor Comiskey’s research will provide the first estimates of the hidden prevalence and age distribution of the asymptomatic population of COVID-19 cases in Ireland with a view to informing healthcare planning and policy decisions. Methods developed will be applicable globally and applied nationally.
Professor Cliona O’FarrellyPhD Professor of Comparative Immunology
The immune response to viral infection has been a research interest for years. This experience is informing several research projects which are trying to work out why some people get so sick with this new virus while others suffer no symptoms at all.
Dr. Nigel StevensonAssistant Professor of Viral Immunology,
Director of the M.Sc in Immunology,
School of Biochemistry and Immunology,
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute,
Dr. Nigel Stevenson leads the Viral Immunology Research Group at Trinity College Dublin. His team investigates the mechanisms by which viruses evade immune responses, with specific focus on their suppression of Type 1 Interferon signalling. His research currently analyses the immune evasion mechanisms of Coronaviruses (SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV-1 and MERS-CoV), Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). By deciphering the mechanisms through which viruses block the immune response, Dr. Stevenson’s research is identifying new targets for therapeutic treatment of viral infection, including COVID-19.
Professor Orla ShielsProfessor of Molecular Diagnostics, Histopathology
Dean of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
Prof Orla Sheils is Professor of Molecular Diagnostics and is a recognised as a key opinion leader in translating our basic understanding of disease processes to diagnostic tests that can be used in the clinical setting. She works closely with industry to design, develop and clinically validate new tests. Her work in the area of sepsis is being used as a basis for research into the pathogenesis of Covid-19. In particular her work on single cell multiomics in sepsis will inform research that will identify small subsets of inflammatory cells that play disproportionately important roles in infected patients.
Assistant Professor Kim RobertsLeader of the Virology research group
The Roberts virology research group, in the School of Genetics and Microbiology, is working with Dr Daniela Angione, in the School of Chemistry and AMBER, to develop a novel, fast and convenient at-home infectious disease detection system. Her group is also working with several academic and industry collaborators to investigate broad-acting antiviral inhibitors that inactivate SARS-CoV2 and other viruses and are being used as coatings for facemasks etc. to provide enhanced protection.