School of Genetics and Microbiology

  • Head of School: Professor Gwyneth Jane Farrar
  • Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr. Russell McLaughlin

School Description:

The School of Genetics and Microbiology ( comprises the Smurfit Institute of Genetics and the Moyne Institute for Preventative Medicine. The School is characterised by its vibrant teaching and progressive research programme. The School has 23 Principal Investigators with active research programmes funded from Irish, EU and other international funding agencies.

Department of Microbiology
Telephone: +353-1-896 1190

Research in Microbiology is focused on infection biology, preventive medicine, prokaryotic gene regulation, the flow of genetic information, genome composition and structure in yeasts, yeast biotechnology and virus evolution.

Research groups are housed in the Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, a building funded by the Normanby Trust. It is well equipped to support state-of-the-art research in modern molecular and cellular microbiology. There are currently eight members of academic staff

Department of Genetics
Telephone: +353-1-896 1140

Research in the Department of Genetics covers a wide variety of themes ranging from molecular control of cell death in cancer and immunity, the genetics of blindness, genome and protein evolution, brain wiring, genetic engineering of plants, gene expression in cancer, the genetic history of the Irish, and bacterial genetics. Research groups are housed in The Smurfit Institute, a modern purpose-built institute that offers superb facilities to conduct research. Work from research groups within the Smurfit Institute of Genetics is regularly published in prestigious international journals and several of our research groups are acknowledged as leading experts in their fields. There are currently 15 members of academic staff, 45 postgraduate students and 35 post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Genetics.

Students who wish to apply to study for a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in the School should initially contact the academic staff member working in the area of interest. Contact details for all of our academic staff can be found on the websites above.

Postgraduate training in this department is almost exclusively by research. However, in conjunction with the School of Medicine, we also offer a taught Masters - MSc in Genomic Medicine.

Applicants wishing to apply for retrospective admission to the previous March or September register should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing