Ruth has a B.A. in Natural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the UK at both the University of Oxford and Bath, and it was in Oxford where her interest in Gram positive bacterial pathogen began. Ruth’s first independent position was in the Zoology Dept. in Oxford, where Wellcome Trust funding allowed her to set up her first lab, which subsequently moved to Bath in 2007. In 2017 Ruth moved to the University of Bristol and in 2019 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and promoted to Professor of Microbial Pathogenicity. In 2021 Ruth became the SALI Professor for Microbiome and Health Sciences at UCC. Ruth has published over 60 papers and has an h-index of 29 (Publons).