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Professor Catherine Godson

Professor Godson’s research group use the very latest techniques in molecular cell biology to find out why some people are susceptible to diabetes. Her research looks at what genes are switched on in the diabetic kidney, how they contribute to diabetes and whether there is any route to develop new therapies.

Professor Catherine GodsonProfessor Godson is a principal investigator in the UCD Diabetes Research Centre established in 2006 to investigate diabetes and its complications. Along with colleagues and international collaborators, she was recently awarded funding to search for genetic factors that influence the development of diabetic kidney disease using a multistage genome-wide association study.


BSc and PhD from University College Dublin

Post-doctoral research fellowships from the American Heart Association and the University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee



  • UCD Human Subjects Ethics Committee
  • Health Research Board Ireland: Molecular and Cell Biology and Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Disease Committees
  • The Dublin Chamber Knowledge Economy Committee

Professional memberships:

  • The Wellcome Trust Physiological Sciences Review Panel
  • Health Research Board Ireland
  • Editorial Board of Molecular Pharmacology
  • The Wellcome Trust National Kidney Research Fund (UK)


  • 1984 Cystic Fibrosis Association Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 1987 Young Investigator Award, Third International Symposium on Nephrotoxicity
  • 1989 University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1990 American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1992 University of Geneva Postdoctorate Award
  • 1998 University College Dublin President’s Research Award

Professor Godson has also spoken at numerous conferences on diebetic kidney disease.

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