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. Areas of research include:
- Microbial genetics and gene regulation
- Plant genetics
- Genome evolution and bioinformatics
- Molecular Genetics of Retinopathies
- Population genetics
- Microbial pathogenesis and physiology
The School of Genetics and Microbiology was formed in 2005 during restructuring of the Faculty system of Trinity College Dublin and has a strong commitment to serving College and the wider community. The School is research intensive and has a strong reputation internationally for the quality of its scholarly activities. At postgraduate level the School concentrates on doctoral education. The School offers three undergraduate degree courses. Students pursuing Moderatorships in Genetics or Microbiology enter College through the general Science entry (Central Admissions Office [CAO] code TR071). These students spend two Freshman years taking general science courses before opting to spend two Sophister years in the School taking either Genetics or Microbiology. The Human Genetics degree (CAO code TR073) operates by direct entry and accepts students into the Junior Freshman year directly from secondary school. The School is housed in two separate buildings, each of which was constructed through private benefaction. The Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine houses the Department of Microbiology while the Department of Genetics is located in the Smurfit Institute. Both buildings contain modern research laboratories and house research support and administrative functions. The Moyne Institute has its own teaching spaces while the Department of Genetics makes use of facilities in adjacent buildings.