Researchers at UCD


Suzie Coughlan



Dr Suzie Coughlan is and Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science and the Principal Clinical Scientist at the National Virus Reference Laboratory, University College Dublin, where she has responsibility for the molecular virology department. Dr Coughlan is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a member of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine advisory committee on molecular diagnostics.




Research Interests

Dr Coughlan's research interests include molecular epidemiology of blood borne and respiratory viruses and the diagnosis and characterisation of antiviral drug resistance. The research activities of her group also include the epidemiology and public health impact of foodborne viral infections. Dr Coughlan has an active research interest in agents of viral gastroenteritis including NoV, Hepatitis E and rotavirus and has supervised post-graduate students in molecular epidemiology and genetic characterisation of NoV circulating in Ireland since 2002. Data generated by her team has been used to support food associated outbreak investigations in the past and more recently they have been involved in developing testing methodologies for HAV and NoV in food matrices. She is currently the project coordinator for the DAFM funded FoVIRA project (Foodborne Viruses in Ireland - farm to fork Investigation, Identifying Risk and mitigation Approaches for Hepatitis E Virus, Hepatitis A Virus, Norovirus & Sapovirus).

Dr Coughlan is a member of the public health molecular surveillance initiatives NoroNet, HAVNet and HEVNet hosted by RIVM, The Netherlands. She has contributed to a number of European FP5 and FP6 funded research projects in the areas of viral epidemiology, including SPREAD (Strategy to control the SPREAD of HIV Drug Resistance), DIVINE-Net (Prevention of emerging (food-borne) enteric viral infections: diagnoses, viability testing, networking and epidemiology) and I-MOVE (Influenza monitoring of vaccine effectiveness). She has also been a member of the global health development project, IVVI (Ireland Vietnam Virus Initiative), which built and supports capacity for diagnostic blood borne virus testing in Vietnam.