Dr John Mac Sharry graduated with a B.Sc. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Mucosal Immunology from University College Cork. He worked with Alimentary Health Ltd as Molecular Biology section head collaborating with several multinational research partners. In 2008 he joined the APC Host Response core as a Post-Doctoral researcher and collaborated on research with GlaxoSmithKline. John was a guest researcher at the Meakins Christie Laboratories, McGill University in Montreal, Canada as part of an SFI fellowship in 2009 and 2010. John has also lectured and supervised part-time in the CIT. John was recently appointed as a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology and Assistant director of the GEM programme with the School of Medicine with an affiliation to the Department of Microbiology. His research interests are in host-microbe interactions with particular focus on the immune sampling and response in the gut and the lungs.