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New Addition to Shannon ABC Science Team

Feb 2013

Dr David Kelly was recently awarded the position of Postdoctoral Researcher with Shannon ABC at IT Tralee. He received a BSc (Honours) Degree in Applied Biosciences from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) in 2006 and was subsequently completed his PhD at the department of Biological Sciences at CIT.

His PhD project focused on the isolation and exploitation of bacteriophages (naturally occurring bacterial viruses) for the bio-control of both food spoilage bacteria (Lactic acid bacteria) and medical pathogens such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). After completion of his PhD, Dr Kelly worked in a dual research / technical role in the same department at CIT for 3 years, gaining experience in many areas such as Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell Culture, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science, and Food Science. He has also gained previous industrial R & D experience with Glanbia Nutritionals, in addition to Microbiologist roles in the food and beverage industry (Glenpatrick Water, Kilkenny Nutritionals). He has been employed as a postdoctoral researcher with Shannon ABC at I.T. Tralee since February 2013. This work is funded by a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) grant secured by Dr Joanna Tierney, and Dr Kelly is using immune and epithelial cell models to investigate the potential of marine extracts for use as novel therapeutic agents against prominent and harmful animal parasites.