Walter Kolch, Director
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.
Boris Kholodenko, Deputy Director
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.
Eadaoin McKiernan, Centre Manager
Hugh Doyle, Grants Manager
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, Finance Officer
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.
Philip Cotter, Information Manager
Philip is the group's Information (Data) Manager. He joined SBI in 2011 where he is now responsible for managing the group's data resources, regulatory compliance and underlying data and hardware infrastructures. He is also the primary developer behind the groups Laboratory Information Management System.
With over 20 years experience in data management and software development for Life Sciences, Philip graduated with a BSc D|H in Comp Sci and Biology (NUIM, 1999) and come to SBI from The University of Manchester's National Center for Text Mining.
Maryann Kelly, Senior Executive Assistant
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.
Jessica Ralston, Chief Operations Officer, Precision Oncology Ireland
Shashank Srinivas, Acting Communications, Dissemination & Public Engagement Manager, POI
Shashank is the Acting Communications, Dissemination and Public Engagement Manager for Precision Oncology Ireland. He joined the team in April 2021.
Shashank completed his MSc in Molecular Biology and Human Genetics in 2016 from Manipal University, India. Soon after, he realised his passion for public engagement with science and in the democratization of science. He worked towards the cause for three years before enrolling in a Master's programme in Science and Health Communication at DCU, Dublin, which he completed in 2020.
Shane O'Grady, Senior Research Administrator, Precision Oncology Ireland
Shane completed his PhD in Cancer Biology at RCSI in 2018. He subsequently worked as a research administrator, an assistant lecturer and most recently, as a postdoctoral researcher in the UCD School of Medicine, before taking on the role of Senior Research Administrator with Precision Oncology Ireland.
Sile Lane, Public Engagement in Research Officer & Project Coordinator, Amgen Biotech Experience Ireland
Síle Lane is Public Engagement in Research Officer at SBI. Previous to this role Síle worked at Sense about Science, the London-based charity that trains researchers in effective communication and public engagement. Síle has a background in cell biology and stem cell research, studying and working at University College Cork and Imperial College London.
Anna Wedderburn, Technical Support Attendant, Amgen Biotech Experience Ireland
Anna Wedderburn is part of the Amgen Biotech Experience in SBI. She trains teachers to carry out molecular biology experiments with their students, and provides them with the necessary equipment and reagents to do so. She also provides teachers and students with technical support.
Anna has a bachelor's degree in Immunology from Trinity College Dublin, and a master's degree in Science and Health Communication from Dublin City University. She has worked in a number of labs across Ireland and India, and is passionate about all types of science communication. Alongside her role at SBI, Anna works as a freelance writer for the Medical Independent and the Irish Pharmacist, and is Co-Director of Pint of Science Ireland 2022.
Kieran Wynne, CMAP Infrastructure Manager
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Amaya Garcia, Wet Lab Manager
Amaya joined the team in 2011 and she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the wet laboratory facilities and maintains all aspects of operational efficiency within the laboratory.
She graduated with a B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Sea Sciences and completed a M.Sc. in Toxicology in the University of Vigo (SP). Amaya moved to Ireland from Spain in 2004 and held technical and technical management positions in academic and industry research centers. Before joining SBI, she worked as Fluorescence Imaging Research Engineer in the FOCAS Institute (DIT), running the Flow Cytometry and Confocal Microscopy facilities.
Kasia O'Gorman, Laboratory Assistant
Kasia is responsible for general laboratory maintenance including lab cleaning, equipment monitoring and maintenance, preparation of reagents, lab inventory etc.