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Characterise the hierarchical organisation of complex biological systems at the cellular level

Biological systems are complex and organised in nature. To facilitate our understanding of these systems, we aim to precisely characterise events occurring at the molecular and cellular level. Researchers in this theme investigate the cellular components involved in how cells function and are organised in the context of the organs and tissues exist in animals and plants.


Paul McCabe / Joanna Kacprzyk / Carl Ng: Climate smart Ireland: identifying regulators of aerenchyma, the 'snorkel' tissue for survival of waterlogged crops. (IRC-EPA postgraduate scholarship) 2019-2023 

Joanna Kacprzyk / Paul MCabe: Identifying molecular and genetic regulation of plant programmed cell death. (UCD Advance) 2019-2023

Joanna Kacprzyk / Paul McCabe: Elucidation of mitochondrial involvement in plant programmed cell death. (UCD) 2019-2023

Jeremy Simpson: Comparative mapping of endomembrane function in 2D and 3D human cell systems. This project is exploring how the endomembrane system is organised in cultured cells grown as either monolayers or three-dimensional spheroids, and specifically how the Rab family of GTPases function in these different systems. (UCD) 2017-2021

Gavin Stewart: Urea transport in the rumen. All ruminants, such as cows and sheep, rely on a symbiotic relationship with the microbial populations residing in their rumen. This project is determining the key cellular mechanisms by which urea is transported into the rumen, a process vital to this relationship. (UCD-CSC Scholarship) 2016-2020

School of Biology and Environmental Science