Professor Kenneth A. Dawson - Director

‌Prof Kenneth Dawson is Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI) and Chair of Physical Chemistry at University College Dublin, Chairman of the National BioNanoscience Action, and coordinator of the European Infrastructure in the arena. He has experience in the management of large-scale EU projects, including multi-sectoral cross-disciplinary research projects and other international programs. He has received several international prizes, including the 2007 Cozzarelli prize from the National Academy of Sciences USA, as well as IBM, Packard, Canon, Sloan and Dreyfus prizes. 

Prof. Dawson’s professional roles include representing Ireland on various international bodies, including the OECD and ISO working groups on standards for Nanotechnology. He has been an advisor on nanoscience matters in the EU New Risk Committee of the European Commission, as well as the Advisory Group of the European Medicines Agency.


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Betul joined CBNI in 2017 as the Project Outreach Coordinator. She designs and executes stakeholder engagement and communication activities for the Centre's international projects including the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN).

Betul holds a PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna and an MSc degree in Science Communication from Dublin City University.

James joined the CBNI management team in August 2016. During this time, he has been involved in the pre & post award coordination of FP7, H2020, INTERREG, SFI, IRC & other funding mechanisms.

Rhona joined the CBNI management team in January 2013. During this time, she has been involved in the pre & post award administration of FP7, H2020, INTERREG, SFI, and IRC grants. She coordinates the HR processes in CBNI.

Martin joined the CBNI as Research Programme Co-ordinator in 2019. He is involved in the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN), a 4 year Ireland-Wales INTERREG project which supports research and development programmes for small and medium sized businesses in the life science sector.

Martin obtained a BSc in Plant and Microbial Biotechnology in 2003 and a PhD in Biochemistry in 2009 from UCC.