Associate Charles Fellows

The following individuals are undertaking collaborative research projects in dermatology with UCD Charles Institute Fellows. 

Professor Cormac Taylor, UCD

Professor Cormac TaylorCormac Taylor currently holds an appointment as Professor of Cellular Physiology at the School of Medicine and Medical Science and the Conway Institute, University College Dublin.

In 2001, Cormac returned to Ireland after a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, a move supported by a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship. Since then, his lab has been funded by consecutive Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator awards with additional support from the Health Research Board of Ireland, the Irish Research Council and industrial partners. Cormac was recently lead-organiser of a 2015 Keystone symposium held in Dublin entitled Hypoxia: from basic mechanisms to therapeutics.

Current research in the Taylor Lab is directed towards expanding our understanding of the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms by which changes in micro-environmental oxygen and carbon dioxide levels regulate gene transcription in eukaryotic cells. A key focus of this work is the identification of new therapeutic targets in inflammatory disease. Cormac was recently elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy, Ireland's highest academic honour. He was also recently awarded the 2014 Nature mid-career mentorship award.

Dr Simon Furney, UCD

Dr Simon Furney is an independent Research Fellow in the School of Medicine and Medical Science and Conway Institute, University College Dublin funded by a prestigious European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship. He recently returned to Ireland having spent over seven years undertaking cutting-edge genomics research in world leading institutes such as the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, the Institute of Cancer Research, London and the University of Manchester. His research has been published in leading peer reviewed journals such as Nature, Nature Methods, Cancer Discovery, Molecular Psychiatry, Genome Research and Annals of Oncology.

Dr Furney is in the process of building a research group specialising in personalised medicine underpinned by genomics and next generation sequencing technologies.  His dermatology research interests include the genetics and genomics of malignant melanoma and chronic inflammatory skin diseases. He currently co-supervises two graduate students and is leading the Data Analysis working group of the Irish Cancer Society €7.5 million Collaborative Cancer Research Centre BREAST-PREDICT.