Dr Rachel Moloney is welcomed by Professor Thomas Walther to the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Dr Rachel D Moloney recently joined University College Cork as a Lecturer in our Department and she will be lecturing Pharmacology at the School of Pharmacy
Dr Rachel Moloney received a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from UCC in 2009 after which she received an M.Sc. in Neuropharmacology from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Dr Moloney completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, UCC in 2014. She then worked as a Lab Manager at APC Microbiome Ireland before pursuing post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, USA and the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Dr Moloney was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award (2019-2021) from the Brain and Behavior Research foundation (USA).
Dr Moloney's current research is focused on understanding the role of traumatic stress on brain circuitry and its impact on fear and social behaviours, particularly in the context of PTSD, anxiety and depression. Her lab focuses on stress neurobiology across the lifespan, utilising cutting edge tools such as DREADDs to manipulate neuro-circuitry and to unravel these corticolimbic circuits. Dr Moloney is also interested in the role of the brain-gut microbiome axis in stress-related illnesses as well as the impact of stress on pain sensitivity and spinal circuitry.