Postgraduate Research Programmes

The Discipline of Paediatrics offers the following degree programmes by research: MD and PhD.


Current PhD Students

  • PhD: Dr. Eman Isweisi: FIREFLY project: follow up of inflammatory responses and multiorgan outcomes Following neonatal brain injury : TCD PI EM: 2019-22.
  • PhD: Dr. Aoife Branagan: PUFFIN project: point of care ultrasound for functional multi-organ evaluation in neonatal encephalopathy: TCD PI EM: 2018-23.
  • PhD: Dr.Tim Hurley: CRADLE: Circadian Rhythm Alterations and Outcomes in Neonatal Encephalopathy. PI Eleanor Molloy; TCD 2018-2021.
  • PhD: Dr. Saima Aslam. Persistent Systemic Inflammation in Neonatal Encephalopathy. 2013-7. PI EM. RCSI.
  • PhD: Dr. Murwan Omer: PRISM: Preterm Infection and Systemic Inflammation and Neonatal Outcomes. TCD 2014-7: PI EM.
  • PhD: Dr. Nawal Taher: T Cell Phenotype in Neonatal Brain Injury and Followup in Childhood. Co-supervisor: Prof Derek Doherty, TCD: 2016-9.
  • PhD: Dr Gergana Semova ( PLATYPUS: Preterm Inflammatory Hyperreactivity and response to pentoxifylline to understand necrotising enterocolitis and sepsis.  Current Yr: 1. Thesis Submission: July 2024.

Past PhD Students

  • PhD: Dr. John Allen: SERENITY Project TCD 2018-2021: Severe Neurological Impairment and Children with Medical Complexity: Supervised by Denise Mc Donald and Eleanor Molloy Co Supervisor.
  • PhD: Dr. Niamh Lagan: DREAM project: Down Syndrome, Neurodevelopment and Multiorgan Outcomes: TCD PI EM: 2017-20.
  • PhD: Dr. Matthew McGovern: GENIE Project: Gender and Neonatal Inflammation in Preterm Outcomes: PI EM: TCD: 2017-20.
  • PhD: Dr. Dean Huggard: DISCO Project: Down Syndrome, Infection and Clinical Outcomes PI: EM: TCD:  2017-20
  • PhD: Dr. Mary O’Dea: Underlying Mechanisms in Neonatal Immune Metabolic Dysregulation, Circadian Rhythm and Brain Injury: UNICORN study. PI EM. TCD 2016-9.
  • PhD: Dr. Emer Ryan: PROSPER: Paediatric Outcomes and Serum Biomarker Panel in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury /Concussion to Severe Traumatic. TCD 2017-20.
  • PhD: Dr. Zunera Zareen: CHAMPION study. Childhood Assessment of Multiorgan Dysfunction Post Neonatal Encephalopathy. Supervised by Prof Eleanor Molloy Co-PI Dr. Denise McDonald; 2014-7. TCD
  • Dr. Lynne Kelly: 2015-present:NIMBUS project co-ordinator and  GENIE: Gender Differences in Preterm Neonatal Outcomes and Mechanisms of Altered Immune Function. Collaborators: Prof Catherine Greene, RCSI.
  • MD thesis: 2017: Dr. Adam James: Neonatal Echocardiography. TCD supervisors: Prof Afif El-Khuffash and Dr. David Corcoran, Rotunda Hospital.
  • Dr.Afif El-Khuffash, 2005-7:The Significance of Left Ventricular Function and Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide in Predicting Outcome in Preterm Infants with a Patent Ductus Arteriosus on Echocardiography. Published papers: 14; Thesis submitted October 2007; awarded October 2008: UCD.
  • Dr. Fiona O’Hare: Systemic Inflammation and Perinatal Brain Injury. Commenced July 2009; collaboration Prof Watson, Conway Institute, UCD: Funding NCRC, Crumlin; 2009-2011; Thesis: submitted September 2011; Awarded Feb 2013. UCD.
  • Dr. Katey Armstrong, Collaborator: Dr. O. Franklin: Neonatal Cardiac Function: Novel Echocardiographic and Biochemical Markers to Predict Neonatal Outcome; commenced July 2010; Funding NCRC, Crumlin; 2010-2012. RCSI; submitted August 2012 awarded 2013.
  • Dr.Hassan Eliwan, The Role of Activated Protein C in Neonatal Inflammation. Seed Funding NCRC. Collaborator Prof Watson.2010-2012. UCD; submitted August 2012; revisions received august 2013: awarded 2013.
  • PhD: Dr. Deirdre Sweetman, Neonatal Brain Injury on MRI and Early EEG: Disruption of the Blood Brain Barrier and Systemic Antioxidants. Funding salary NCRC & CUH for reagents. Collaborator: Prof. Ger Boylan.2011-2013. RCSI. Awarded December 2014.
  • PhD: Dr. Jean Donnelly. ROLO followup study; ROLO Kids: PI Prof McAuliffe: Co-PI E Molloy. 2012-6; Funding FP7 grant, HRB & RCSI. UCD.
  • PhD student: Dr. Chike Onwuneme. Vitamin D and Immunodulation in Pediatric Sepsis (DIAPERS).2011-2014. UCD. PhD submitted Sept 2014. Awarded: Viva February 2015.
  • PhD: Dr. Paul Fleming: Probiotics in Preterm Infants: PI Prof Kate Costello: TCD: E Molloy TCD supervisor: viva awarded 2017.
  • PhD: Dr. Aoife Twohig. Infant Attachment in the NICU (PIPPA). Co-PI: Prof. Fiona Mc Nicholas. Funding NCRC 2011-2016.UCD (Part-time); viva awarded 2017.
  • PhD Dr. Colm Breathnach supervisors: Prof Afif El-Khuffash and Dr. David Corcoran, Rotunda Hospital.