2014 Gold Medal Award Recipient - Fergus Collins
Fergus Collins BSc
2014 Gold Medal Award Recipient Fergus Collins
The Professor Art Champlin Gold medal award for academic excellence in Biochemistry, was presented to Fergus Collins on 28th October 2014 by Professor David Sheehan of this School.
Fergus had a paper published from his final year project:
Zhdanov, A. V., Okkelman, I. A., Collins, F. W., Melgar, S., and Papkovsky, D. B. (2015) A novel effect of DMOG on cell metabolism: direct inhibition of mitochondrial function precedes HIF target gene expression. Biochimica et biophysica acta 1847, 1254-1266.
He investigated the effect of a prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor on the bioeneregetics and viability of HCT116 cells under normal and substrate limiting conditions for his final year project conducted under the supervision of Professor Dmitri Papkovsky, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Skills learned included:
- Mammalian cell culture and treatment.
- Protein extraction, quantification and analyses via Western blot analyses and immunofluorescence.
- mRNA isolation, RT-PCR and qRT-PCR
- Analyses of ATP levels, extracellular acidification, oxygen consumption and intracellular oxygen concentration under normoxic and hypoxic conditions.
Fergus graduated as the top student with a first class honours degree in Biochemistry and has commenced a PhD at Teagasc, Moorepark under the supervision of Professor Paul Ross, Head of SEFS.
Fergus has been an outstanding student and is also the recipient of the Eil Lilly undergraduate award for academic excellence in Biochemistry in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Fergus was also awarded a UCC Academic Scholarship and a Health Research Board Summer fellowship, which enabled Fergus to conduct research with Dr Ken Nally, School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, analysing the expression and function of the Type 1 Interferon pathway in irritable bowel syndrome.
From left: Dr Sinead Kerins, School of Biochemistry and Cell Blology; Professor Paul Ross, Head of College of Science, Engineering and Food Science; Senator Sean Sherlock; Fergus Collins, Gold Medal Award winner; Professor David Sheehan, Head of School of Biochemistry and Cell Blology; Dr Michael Murphy, President of University College Cork; and Fergus' parents, Patrick and Jane Collins.
2014 Art Champlin Gold Medal