Dr. Sharon McKenna

Contact Details:


Principal Investigator

Research Area:

Autophagy in Cancer

Dr Sharon McKenna graduated from the University of Leicester in 1990 with an Honours Degree in Molecular Biology. She obtained her PhD at the Leukaemia Research Fund Laboratories (LRF), in the University of Wales, College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK 1995. Post-doctoral research was conducted at the LRF Cardiff and the Department of Biochemistry, UCC. Dr. McKenna was appointed Lecturer in Biochemistry, UCC in 1999 and was also group leader of the Signal Transduction Laboratory. In 2002, Dr. McKenna was appointed as a Principal Investigator at the Cork Cancer Research Centre (CCRC). She is currently responsible for the direction of the Autophagy programme at Cancer Research @UCC.


Dr McKenna is a cell biologist with a primary interest in autophagy and its impact on cancer biology. She works on poor prognosis cancers, including oesophageal and ovarian cancer. She also works on Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

The Autophagy in Cancer group are investigating how autophagy influences chemo-resistance and overall cancer biology.


Health Research Board 

Breakthrough Cancer Research 


ORCHID ID 0000-0002-6764-6274

Cancer Research @UCC

4th floor, Western Gateway Building , Western Road, Cork