School of Genetics and Microbiology
- Head of School: Professor Dan Bradley
- Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Dr. Adrian Bracken
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.
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
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.
*Please note that the School of Genetics and Microbiology does not currently offer any taught postgraduate courses. All of the course options listed below are conducted by research only.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 firstname.lastname@example.org