Walter Kolch is Director of Systems Biology Ireland at University College Dublin. Kolch established SBI in 2009 as a '€22M interdisciplinary research centre focused on identifying new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to diseases at a systems level. An independent review in 2017 ranked SBI as one of the top four research centres in the world that integrates computational modelling with experimental cell biology. In addition to being internationally recognised for his cutting-edge research using systems approaches to understand signalling networks, Kolch has played a central role in the development of precision medicine policy and funding at both national and international levels. He has a track record of competitive grant funding of over €200M, has run many joint research projects with industry, and has had leading involvement in numerous pan-European strategic initiatives of scale.
Prof. Boris Kholodenko is SFI Stokes Professor of Systems Biology at Systems Biology Ireland and UCD Conway Institute. Kholodenko is the author of more than 220 publications on spatio-temporal dynamics and control analysis of cellular signalling and metabolic networks, and is a founding chairman of the International Consortium on Systems Biology of Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Regulatory Networks. He is widely recognised as a leader in the field of Systems Biology and predictive models of cellular functions and his work has been highly influential in shaping the field of systems biology as it is known today.
Dr. Jessica Ralston is the Centre Manager at SBI responsible for operations management, strategy planning and execution. Jessica has line management responsibility for the Centre Operation's team and works to ensure the necessary resources and structures are in place to support SBI's research, innovation and impact.
Jessica has a PhD in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and has completed Postdoctoral training in Nutrigenomics, and Food for Health. She moved to Ireland from Canada in 2015 and has held management positions in research centres funded by both Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.
Maryann is the Senior Executive Assistant, Administration & Communication, at SBI. She joined the team in September 2018 and is personal assistant to the centre directors as well as the go-to person for SBI events, social media/website queries, and general operations.
Maryann received a BA 2004 in Mass Communications/Journalism from Anderson University in Indiana, USA. She has lived and worked around the USA and Ireland holding a variety of positions including, most recently, a journal assistant role for ACS Central Science at Stanford University, California.
Dr. Hugh Doyle is responsible for managing the ongoing operations of the Grants Office, developing tailored research funding strategies with SBI researchers, providing administrative support during all stages of proposal preparation, review and submission, and ensuring effective management of funded projects.
Awarded a PhD in Chemistry from University College Dublin, Hugh has over 20 years’ experience in research and project management. Before joining SBI, he was the funding manager at Lero, the Irish software research centre.
Susan Yeates is the Finance Officer in SBI. Her role includes the financial review of the day to day spend of SBI and she reports to the Centre Manager.
Susan obtained her bachelor's degree in Maynooth in 1998 and went on to a Graduate Diploma in Business and IT in 2001 and an ACCA qualification in 2004. Previously Susan has worked with POBAL as the Systems Manager of Dormant Accounts and The Community and Voluntary Grants Scheme.
Dr Barbara Hughes has recently taken up the post of Public Engagement and Patient Involvement officer based at the UCD Conway Institute in University College Dublin and Systems Biology Ireland (SBI-UCD).
She holds a joint master’s degree in genetic studies from the University of Constance, Germany and University College Cork and recently returned to college where she completed a PhD in human reproductive medicine at UCD.
Philip Cotter is the Information Manager at SBI responsible for provision and development of bespoke tooling solutions.
Amaya is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the wet laboratory facilities and maintains all aspects of operational efficiency within the laboratory.
After completing her MSC in UCD in last year, Ann-Marie has taken up the role of Technical Support Attendant in SBI. She is also the Technical Attendant in the Amgen Biotech Experience - an innovative science education outreach programme that empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms.
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Kasia is responsible for general laboratory maintenance including lab cleaning, equipment monitoring and maintenance, preparation of reagents, lab inventory etc.