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A very warm welcome to Dr. Orla O’Sullivan, as newly appointed Adjunct Professor

1 Mar 2024

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Orla O’Sullivan as Adjunct Professor in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. 

Orla brings extensive experience and vast knowledge to the School, and has contributed significantly in areas relating to her core research on the microbiome.

Orla is a Senior Computational Biologist in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ireland and Principal Investigator with VistaMilk and APC Microbiome Ireland (Science foundation Ireland Research Centres). Orla graduated from UCC with a BSc in Biochemistry and subsequently a PhD in Bioinformatics. She is scientific advisor with SeqBiome and sits on the scientific advisory board of Open Research Europe. Orla has a H-Index of 69 with over 25000 citations leading to a list as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. In 2019, she was awarded the highly prestigious SFI Early Career Researcher of the Year.  Currently she is vice-coordinator of EU project DOMINO and a partner on the EU project CoDiet. Her research focuses on elucidating the microbiome from various environments including human gut and lung, soil, rumen, and food. Of particular interest to her is the role of fitness and diet on the human gut microbiome both in healthy and diseased cohorts. This research has led to collaborations with many sporting bodies including the Irish Rugby Football Union, Cricket Ireland, Sports Ireland and English Premiership teams.

On her appointment Orla commented: “I am honoured to be awarded the position of Adjunct professor in the school of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. It is even more a privilege as this is the school that fuel my love of Science and started my scientific career. I am looking forward to working with and representing the school going forward.”  

Professor Justin McCarthy, Head of School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology noted: “I am delighted to extend my warmest congratulations to Dr. Orla O’Sullivan on her appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Orla’s expertise and dedication to scientific research and learning make her a valuable addition to our faculty. We are excited about the contributions that Orla will bring to our academic community and the opportunities for collaboration and growth that lie ahead. Orla’s passion for teaching and commitment to research excellence will undoubtedly inspire our students and enrich their learning experiences. I look forward to working closely with Orla in her new role.”

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