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The Academic Discipline of Clinical Microbiology was first established under the headship of Professor Conor T Keane and has had its main base on the St James’s Hospital campus since the transfer of diagnostic Microbiology laboratory services and undergraduate teaching from the Federated Trinity Teaching Hospitals.

The Discipline is located in the Sir Patrick Dun Translational Research Laboratory and also has a base in the School of Medicine Campus in Tallaght University Hospital. Professor Tom Rogers was appointed Head of Discipline in 2004. Dr Stephen Smith, Associate Professor joined the discipline in 2006 and Dr Julie Renwick, Assistant Professor joined in 2016. The Discipline has a close working relationship with staff in each of the main teaching hospitals, who have honorary academic appointments with Trinity College. The discipline is responsible for delivering the medical undergraduate Microbiology teaching as part of the Laboratory Medicine curriculum.

The discipline also delivers a full time/part-time postgraduate Masters course in Healthcare Infection Management.

The research conducted by academic staff is mainly translational and addresses a number of important challenges in infection relevant to both Irish and global healthcare. It offers research training leading to award of PhD, MD and MSc  degrees.