SITraN Seminar: Monday 05 December 2016: 13:00 – 14:00: Dr Niamh O’Sullivan, University of Dublin

Title: “Investigating the role of ER proteins in motor neuron degeneration”

Speaker: Dr Niamh O’Sullivan, Lecturer, School of Biomolecular & Biomedical osullivann_15011027Science, University College Dublin

Date: Monday 05 December 2016

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

Venue: Rooms B02/B03, SITraN, 385a Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2HQ


Dr Niamh O’Sullivan is a lecturer in neuroscience and genetics in UCD’s School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science in the UCD Conway Institute . She is also a principal investigator studying the mechanisms underpinning human neurodegenerative disorders such as motor neuron disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Her laboratory makes use of the experimental model organism the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to better understand the functions of genes linked to the human diseases.

Niamh graduated with a BA (Genetics) from Trinity College Dublin before moving to UCD where she undertook a PhD investigating the genetic events that occur during memory formation. She continued to work on this successful project before receiving a Marie Curie Fellowship to study neurodegeneration using the fruit fly at the University of Cambridge. Her work at Cambridge suggested a new explanation as to why neurons are dying in some forms of human disease.

Niamh received a Junior Research Fellowship from Imperial College London to continue her research before being appointed to her academic position in UCD last year.

Niamh is passionate about science and is keen to raise the level of discussion on all areas of discovery.