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Queen's has a wealth of expertise covering many research areas associated with COVID-19. Our academics are leading research activity and providing commentary across the science, public health and societal aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Dr Chenchen Zhang

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)

Dr Zhang's research interests lie broadly within social and political theory, political geography, and international relations.

Expertise: Social and political theory, Political geography, International relations

Dr Chris Colvin

Queen's Management School

Chris Colvin combines economics and history to better understand the performance of firms, industries, economies and societies.

Expertise: Economic history, Financial history, Business history, Banking crises, Health crises, Government policy formulation and implementation

Dr Chris Graham

School of Psychology

Dr Graham undertakes research and teaching in clinical health psychology and clinical neuropsychology, and am particularly interested in Contextual Behavioural Science approaches (mainly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for improving quality of life and well-being.

Expertise: Clinical health psychology, Clinical neuropsychology, Contextual Behavioural Science, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Dr Ciaran Mulholland

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI)

Dr Ciaran Mulholland is a consultant psychiatrist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland and a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Medical Education at Queen’s University.

Expertise: mental health, psychotic disorders, aetiology of psychotic illnesses, psychological trauma, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19

Dr Connor Bamford

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

His work is currently supported by a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Fellowship.

Expertise: virus immunity, cytokines, interferons, human pathogens, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19, virology, respiratory disease

Dr Deepti Adlakha

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Dr. Adlakha's research focuses on generating, translating and scaling up evidence for reducing environmental health and social disparities, particularly factors affecting prevention, control and mitigation of chronic and acute non-communicable diseases in populations.

Expertise: Environmental health, Non-communicable diseases, Geospatial health disparities

Dr Gemma Carney

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Dr Carney’s work research aims to further our understanding of ageing and older people, cultural gerontology, politics of ageing or gender scholars with an interest in ageing societies.

Expertise: Gerontology, Politics of ageing, Social Policy, Ageing

Dr Jenny Groarke

School of Psychology

‘Dr Groarke’s area of research is health behaviour change, loneliness, and interventions to reduce stress and anxiety.

Expertise: Psychology, Music, Psycho-oncology, Telemedicine, Self Care, Health Behaviour, Health

Dr Josue Ortega

Queen's Management School

Dr Josue Ortega is a lecturer in economics at Queen’s University Belfast, where he teaches Economics of Networks and Institutions.

Expertise: Evolution of networks, Economic integration

Dr Lindsay Broadbent

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

Dr Broadbent is currently working on a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Fellowship to investigate the immune responses to respiratory viruses, such as influenza, and how this can cause damage to the lungs.

Expertise: coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19, virology, respiratory disease

Dr Mark Flear

School of Law

Dr Flear is an expert in the law and ethics of pandemic preparedness planning and response.

Expertise: EU, European law, Governance, Public Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Response

Dr Michael Duffy

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI)

Dr Michael Duffy is a cognitive psychotherapist specialising in PTSD and complex grief.

Expertise: PTSD, mental health, complex grief, psychological trauma, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19

Dr Paul Murphy

School of Arts, English and Languages (AEL)

Paul is engaged in transdisciplinary, collaborative research that focuses on two broad areas: simulation-based education for health and social care; arts-based interventions for public health.

Expertise: Drama, Healthcare, Simulation-based education for health and social care, Arts-based interventions for public health

Dr Pauline Adair

School of Psychology

Her Research interests are in the area of the development and evaluation of psychological (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy)/behaviour change interventions to reduce the psychological sequelae of physical health conditions (cancer, chronic pain, asthma, IBD) as well as disease prevention through encouraging lifestyle change (e.g. diet/oral hygiene).

Expertise: Health behaviour change, Psychological interventions for improving quality of life of those with medical conditions (chronic pain, cancer, asthma), Oral health in children

Dr Sara Melo

Queen's Management School

Her research focuses on healthcare management, healthcare quality management and healthcare systems .

Expertise: Healthcare management, Healthcare quality management, Healthcare systems, Quality Improvement, Independent Living, Teaching Hospitals Delivery of Health Care

Dr Sinong Ma

Queen's Management School

His research interests cover behavioural economics, ethical decision making and social choice theory. He is currently working on assessing the general public's perceptions of what is a fair and responsible distribution system of social resources, when facing public diseases.

Expertise: Behavioural economics, ethical decision making, social choice theory

Dr Tom Walker

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)

His research has focused on the ethics of different public health interventions (particularly state interventions to decrease the incidence of specific diseases), how to make fair resource allocation decisions where medical resources are scarce, and intergenerational justice (with a focus on younger people’s obligations towards those who are in the later stages of their life).

Expertise: Ethics, Medical Ethics, Beneficence, Paternalism, Resource Allocation, Public Health, Autonomy, Coronavirus, Corona, Covid-19

Dr Lisa Sheenan

Queen's Management School

Dr. Lisa Sheenan is a Lecturer in Finance in Queens University Belfast, having previously worked for the Central Bank of Ireland Financial Stability Division as an Economist and the National Treasury Management Agency of Ireland as a Risk Analyst.

Expertise: Financial crises, Economy, Housing Markets, Contagion, Sovereign bonds, bond market, assets, Euro zone, Commodity markets, Implied volatility, Subprime Mortgages

Professor Allen Thurston

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

A former primary school teacher, Professor Thurston’s work is focussed on how to improve learning in high poverty schools. He is an expert in the use of cooperative learning techniques in the classroom and a pioneer of the use of randomised trials in education.

Expertise: education, literacy, school improvement, improving literacy, cooperative learning, educational research

Professor Anne-Maree Farrell

School of Law

Professor Farrell’s research expertise lies generally in health and medical law and ethics.

Expertise: Health law, Medical law, Medical ethics, Health politics, Regulation of human tissue, Organ donation and transplantation, Blood donation, Regulation of public health risks, Clinical negligence, No fault compensation for medical injury

Professor Cherie Armour

School of Psychology

Cherie has a particular interest in occupational groups that are at increased risk of experiencing trauma and traumatic stress outcomes due to their occupational roles, for example, military, police, and emergency service workers; such as those in the fire and ambulance services.

Expertise: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, Veterans, Mental Health, Depression, Domestic violence, Child maltreatment

Professor Cliff Taggart

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences (MHLS), Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

His research focuses on evaluating mechanisms of excessive inflammation in lung disease and how this may predispose to bacterial and viral infection in the lung. Primary disease interests include Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Expertise: cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ccute respiratory distress syndrome, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19, virology, respiratory disease

Professor Dave Archard

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP)

Professor Dave Archard has applied moral, political and legal philosophy to issues of contemporary concern and played a prominent role in the public world of law and policy.

Expertise: rights of the child, duties of parents, family, nature of the family, sexual consent, privacy, multiculturalism, nationalism, education, coronavirus, covid-19, corona

Professor Geraint Ellis

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor Ellis’s career has been driven by the belief that people’s health and well-being are strongly shaped by the places they live, and that the way we build cities is crucial to securing a high quality of life for all. He has also focussed on the need to address climate change through spatial planning, including fostering energy transition through social engagement.

Expertise: Environmental Planning, Natural and Built Environment, healthy cities, urban planning, urban growth, sustainability, energy transition

Professor Heather Conway

School of Law

Professor Heather Conway is an expert on death laws, and the legal issues around funerals and dealing with the dead.

Expertise: bodily disposal laws, burial, cremation, funeral planning, family funeral disputes, exhumation, commemorating the dead

Professor Jennifer McKinley

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor McKinley’s research has focused on the application of spatial analysis techniques, including geostatistics, compositional data analysis and Geographical Information Science (GIS), to soil geochemistry, environmental and criminal forensics, human health, slope instability, airborne geophysics and weathering studies.

Expertise: Spatial analysis techniques, Geostatistics, Compositional data analysis, Geographical Information Science (GIS), Soil geochemistry, Environmental and criminal forensics, Human health, Slope instability, Airborne geophysics, Weathering studies

Professor Jose Bengoechea

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS)

Professor Bengoechea’s research into combatting the multidrug resistant microbe Klebsiella pneumoniae – one of the hospital superbugs – is recognised worldwide.

Expertise: cell biology, medical research, antibiotic resistance

Professor Karola Dillenburger

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW), Centre for Behaviour Analysis

Professor Dillenburger is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and clinical Psychologist (HCPC). Her expertise lies in ABA, parenting, autism, and mental health.

Expertise: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA); education, autism, mental health, parenting, challenging behaviour, learning, disability, clinical psychology, coronavirus, corona, covid-19

Professor Ken Mills

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research, Institute for Health Sciences

Professor Mills' interests are in translational research in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with the aim of improving diagnosis, prognosis and prediction of therapeutic responses.

Expertise: molecular mechanisms in myeloid blood cancers, epigenetic alterations, DNA repair deficiency, altered signal pathways to identify therapeutic targets for novel agents or repurposed drugs using drug screens and/or NGS, coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19, virology, respiratory disease

Professor Min Zhang

Queen's Management School

His main research areas are business analytics and supply chain management.

Expertise: Digitalization of Supply Chains, Supply Chain Management, Innovation, Industry

Professor Ultan Power

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (MDBS), Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine

Dr. Power’s research is focused on studying respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) pathogenesis and how this can be prevented by vaccines or treated with drugs.

Expertise: Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus, corona virus, covid-19, virology, respiratory disease