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Shane Kenny Memorial Biotechnology Lecture Wednesday 22nd February 2023

Shane Kenny Memorial Biotechnology Lecture Wednesday 22nd February 2023

Shane Kenny

Dr Shane Kenny, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on 27 July 2020. It came as a huge shock to his colleagues and friends at UCD, who are still suffering as a result of their loss. Shane was a huge personality with so much energy and dedication. He was based in UCD for over a period of nearly 20 years.

Shane was a graduate of Industrial Microbiology from SBBS and joined the laboratory of Prof Kevin O' Connor as a PhD student, where he studied a combination of Chemistry and Microbiology to convert waste plastic to biodegradable plastic.  He continued his research as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof O' Connor’s lab and published his work in the American chemical society journal Environmental Science and Technology. This paper has been cited over 100 times since 2008. His research was also successfully patented in the US and EU and licensed to the UCD spin-out company Bioplastech.  Shane became Bioplastech's first employee and led the development of the technology through multiple international collaborations and scale up projects.

Shane helped so many undergraduate students, visiting students, graduate students and postdocs during his time at UCD together with the MSc Biotechnology students placed with Bioplastech. He was always willing to help, always willing to do that little bit extra for the success of a project. His energy and willingness to help others meant he was forever fixing and maintaining equipment so that projects could keep going. In a university and in a start-up his skills and his mindset were critical to keeping the boat afloat and moving forward. His passing has left a huge hole and his absence is felt every day. The School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and BiOrbic Bioeconomy SFI Research centre held the inaugral memorial Biotechnology lecture in honour of Shane on what would have been his 38th birthday on Feb 22nd 2021. This year, on what would have been Shane's 40th birthday on the 22nd of February, the 2023 Shane Kenny Memorial Biotechnology lecture will be delivered by Professor Nick Wierckx of the Institute of Bio-and Geosciences IBG-1: Biotechnology of the Jülich Research Center.

The lecture will take place in the UCD Conway Lecture Theatre 

Date: Wednesday February 22nd 2023 at 12:45 Irish time, 13:45 CET

Topic: There and Back again; Closing Cycles in the plastics bioeconomy 

Registration: You can register for free through Eventbrite on link(opens in a new window) here 


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