Staff Profile

Professional Qualifications

Peer review Activities

Grant Review Panel: National Mutiple Sclerosis Society (UK), (2012-present)

Editorial Board Member: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology (2013-present), Frontiers in Neuro-opthalmology (2011-present).

Advisory board: Transverse Myelitis Association Medical and Scientific Board, (2012-present)

Manuscript reviewer: Journal of Immunology, Acta Neuropathologica Communications, Immunology, Glia, Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, Cytokine, Microbes and Infection.

Grant reviewer: The Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (UK), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), The Cunningham Trust, Neurological Foundation of New Zealand and Arthritis Research UK.

External examiner for PhD thesis, Mr. Shane Russell, Department of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin 8, Ireland; Viva voce examination Nov 2013

External Examiner for PhD thesis, Ms. Laura Carney, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol, UK, Viva voce examination July 2014

Membership Of Other Societies / Professional Activities


Senior author on over 35 accepted oral and poster presentations by my PhD students and PDRAs at national and international scientific meetings from 2010-2013 


Upcoming: Invited platform presentation at Euroglia, Bilbao July 2015


Neural Stem Cells and the Central Nervous System. Invited Oral Presentation at European-wide UNISTEM day, March 2015


Emerging regenerative functions of T cells in the central nervous system. Invited Oral Presentationat University of Cambridge, Nov 2014.


Harnessing T cells to Remyelinate the Central Nervous System. Invited Oral Presentationat Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Oct 2014.


Harnessing T cells to Remyelinate the Central Nervous System. Invited Oral Presentationat University College Dublin, Dublin, Oct 2014.


Regenerative influences of T cells in the central nervous system. Invited Oral Presentationat Irish Society for Immunology Annual Meeting, Dublin, Sep 2014.


Harnessing the immune system to repair the brain. Invited Oral Presentationat REMERGE Annual Symposium 2014, Riddel Hall, QUB, Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 2014


Regenerating myelin in the central nervous system; the next frontier in MS therapy? Invited Oral Presentationat Neurology Registrar Training Day, Royal Victoria Hospital and MS Society (Northern Ireland Branch), Annadale Embankment. Belfast April 2014.


Regenerating myelin in the CNS; the next frontier in Multiple Sclerosis therapy? Invited Oral Presentation at National University of Ireland Galway, April 2014.


Harnessing the immune system to repair the CNS. Invited Oral Presentationat Neuropathology Grand Rounds, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Dec 2013.


Immunoregulatory mechanisms of IL-27; implications for CNS inflammation. Invited Oral Presentation at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, October 2012.


Autoimmune Inflammation and Remyelination in the Central Nervous System. Invited Oral Presentation at University of Newcastle, Australia, December 2011.


Suppression of GM-CSF in murine and human T cells by IL-27. Invited Oral Presentation at Australasian Society for Immunology Annual Meeting, Adelaide, December 2011


Inflammatory Demyelination and Remyelination in the Central Nervous System; In pursuit of novel treatments for REPAIR. Invited Oral Presentation at NMO and TM Patient Support Group meeting, Antrim, Northern Ireland, June 2011.


 Inflammatory Demyelination and Remyelination in the Central Nervous System; In pursuit of novel targets for Multiple Sclerosis. Invited Oral Presentation at School of Biological Sciences Seminar Series, QUB, Northern Ireland, March 2011.


Rodent models of MS; Paradoxes and (some) resolutions in EAE. Invited Oral Presentation at ‘Multiple Sclerosis Immunology: A foundation for current and future treatments’ at University of Nottingham, Nov 2010


 Autoimmune Inflammation and remyelination in the Central Nervous System. Invited Oral Presentation at National University of Ireland Maynooth, July 2010


 Current and future MS research at QUB. Invited oral presentation, MS Society Pritchard Lecture Research Symposium, Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 2010.


Autoimmune Inflammation and remyelination in the Central Nervous System. Invited Oral Presentation at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, April 2010


Multiple Sclerosis Research in the Centre for Infection and Immunity (CII), QUB. Invited Oral Presentation at Neuropathology Grand Rounds, RVH, Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 2010


The role of interleukin-27 in CNS autoimmune inflammation; Invited oral presentation, Neuroimmunology Seminar Series, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, Feb 09.


Immunomodulatory properties of human IL-27. Invited oral presentation, Joint Irish society for Immunology/Ulster Immunology Group meeting, Belfast, June 2009.


Immunomodulatory functions of human IL-27. Poster presentation. Keystone Symposium (Multiple Sclerosis), Santa Fe, Jan 2009.

Regulation of autoimmune inflammation by IL-27;Invited oral presentation, Mucosal Inflammation Program Seminar, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Nov 08


Interleukin-27 in CNS Autoimmune Inflammation;Invited oral presentation; Irish Society for Immunology Annual Meeting, Dublin, Sep 2008

 IL-27 upregulates IL-10 production by IFN-γ+ T-bet+ Foxp3- effector T cells and suppresses ongoing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Irish Society for Immunology Annual Meeting, Dublin, Sep 2007. Oral Presentation. Also poster presentation at Cytokines 2007, San Francisco, Oct 2007 and Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium, Philadelphia, 2008.


Suppressive effect of IL-27 on encephalitogenic Th17 cells and the effector phase of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium, Philadelphia, June 2007. Oral Presentation First Prize


The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Model In Action. NPA Annual Meeting, UC Berkeley, CA, USA, March 2007. Poster Presentation


Effect of TLR4 stimulation in EAE.MedImmune, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Oct 2006. Oral Presentation,


Stimulation of TLR4 Delays The Onset Of Chronic Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE).Rare Neuroimmunological Disorders Symposium, Baltimore, July 2006. Oral Presentation. Also Poster Presentation at International Congress of Neuroimmunology (2006), American Association of Immunology (2005), Irish Society of Immunology (2005), ECTRIMS (2005)


Identification of Pertinent Local Postdoctoral Issues and Subsequent Development of an Action Plan, National Postdoctoral Association Meeting, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, April 2006. Poster presentation


IL-8 release from bovine mammary epithelial cells in response to pro- and anti-inflammatory stimuli. AVTRW Spring meeting, Dublin, March 2003. Oral presentation.


Flamin' mammaries! The role of teat sinus epithelium in mastitis Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Seminar Series, UCD, December 2002. Oral presentation.


TNF-α induces IL-8 release from bovine mammary mucosa in vitro. 2nd Conway Festival of Research, Dublin September 2003. Poster presentation.


Committee Membership

British Society of Immunology Neuroimmunology Affinity Group 2013-present

British Society of Immunology Young Immunologist Forum Co-Chair 2012, 2014

Irish Society of Immunology, 2014-present

Ulster Immunology Group 2011-present

Infection and Immunity TRG 2011-present

Pritchard Lecture Research Symposium 2010



Laboratory Hosting of Visiting Researchers and Students at QUB since 2010


Dr. Andrew Young, Visiting Research Fellow, 2015

Mr. John Falconer. Visiting Research Associate, 2014-present

Mrs. Jill Moffatt, Visiting Research Associate, 2014-present

Rachel Smyth, Honours project student, 2014

Jason Hurson, Honours project student, 2014

Samara Fleville, Summer studentship, 2014

Maeve Moore, Summer studentship, 2014

Andre Borba, Summer studentship, 2014

Malik Hasson, Summer studentship, 2014

Anna Grant, Honours project student, 2013

Katie Harrison, Honours project student, 2013

Seanna Meehan, Honours project student, 2013

Samara Fleville, Summer studentship, 2013

Yixi Bi, Visiting research associate, 2013

Paul Denver, Visiting research associate, 2012-2013

Rachel Snoddy, Honours project student, 2012

James McGuinness, Honours project student, 2012

Caitlin Milliken, Nuffield summer student, 2012

Aideen Carroll, Summer studentship, 2012

Thomas O'Hagan, Honours project student, 2011-12

Jessica Huddleson, Honours project student, 2011-12

Romain Davaze, MRes Student (France), 2011

Brendan Wright, MRes Student (QUB), 2011

Anindita Banerjee, visiting researcher 2010

Tanuja Chahal, visiting researcher 2010

Janine Crawford, summer student 2010

Cliona Johnston, summer student, 2010

Enda Shevlin, rotating PhD student (HRB Immunology Scholars programme), 2010

Awards And Honours/major Prizes
  • Winner, 'Most Innovative Research Program' in School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science, Queens University Belfast, 2013
  • Appointment to Grant Review Panel of MS Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2012
  • Appointment to Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of The Transverse Myelitis Association 2012
  • Travel Award, British Society of Immunology, 2012
  • Travel Award, Infection and Immunity Translational Research Group, 2012
  • Runner-up for 'Most Innovative Research Program' in SMDB, QUB, 2012
  • Travel Award, Infection and Immunity TRG, 2011
  • Awarded Young Investigator place at Nature Medicine Herrenhausen Symposium on Autoimmunity, 2011
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005-2008
  • Runner-up poster, Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium 2008
  • Best Oral Presenter, Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium, 2007
  • Finalist, MedImmune Inflammation & Autoimmunity Competition, 2006
  • NMSS Dale McFarlin Travel Award, 2006
  • International Society for Neuroimmunology Travel Award 2006
  • National Postdoctoral Association Travel Award 2006
  • ECTRIMS/ACTRIMS Travel Award 2005


  • Jefferson Postdoctoral Association (JPA) Executive Board Membership (President, Treasurer, Vice-President for Social Affairs)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Member 2005-2007)
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Jefferson Postdoctoral Research Symposium 2006
  • Chair, JPA Distinguished Mentor Award Committee 2007-08
  • Founder and Director, Jefferson Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Programme 2006