Scientific Journal Publications


Jackson S.A., Kennedy J, Morrissey J.P., O'Gara F. and Dobson A.D.W., (2015), Maribacter spongiicola sp. nov., and Maribacter vaceletii sp. nov., isolated from marine sponges and emended description of the genus Maribacter, Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.000224

Jackson, S.A., Borchert, E., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W., (2015), Metagenomics for the discovery of novel biosurfactants of environmental interest from marine ecosystems, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 33, 176-182. DOI:10.1016/j.copbio.2015.03.004

McCarthy SD, Dugon MM, Power AM., (2015) ‘Degraded’ RNA profiles in Arthropoda and beyond, PeerJ, 3, e1436.

Palmer, I., Nelson, J., Schatton, W., Dunne, N.J., Buchanan, F.J., Clarke, S.A. (2015). Biocompatibility of calcium phosphate bone cement with optimized mechanical properties, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33370. 

Gutiérrez-Barranquero, J.A., Reen, F.J., McCarthy, R,R., Dobson, A.D.W., and O'Gara F., (2015), Deciphering the role of coumarin as a novel quorum sensing inhibitor suppressing virulence phenotypes in bacterial pathogens, Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 99, 3303–3316  DOI:10.1007/s00253-015-6436-1.

Smyrniotopoulos, V., Rae, M., Soldatou, S., Ding, Y., Wolff, C., McCormack, G., Coleman M.C., Ferreira, D., Tasdemir, D. (2015). Antifungal sulfated steroid - amino acid conjugates from the Irish marine sponge Polymastia boletiformis, Marine Drugs 13(4):1632-1646



Barbosa, T.M., Phelan, R.W., Leong, D., Morrissey, J.P., Adams, C., Dobson, A.D.W. and O’Gara, F., (2014), A novel Erythromycin resistance plasmid from Bacillus Sp. Strain HS24 Isolated from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans,PLOS One 9(12):e115583. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0115583

Busetti, A., Shaw., G., Megaw, J., Gorman, S.P., Maggs, C.A., Gilmore, B.F. (2014). Marine-derived quorum-sensing inhibitory activities enhance the antibacterial efficacy of tobramycin against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Marine Drugs, 13(1): 1-28 DOI: 10.3390/md13010001

Crowley, S.P., Cotter, P.D., O’Gara, F., O’Sullivan, O. and Dobson A.D.W., (2014), Marine Pseudovibrio sp: as a novel source of antimicrobials, Marine Drugs 12, 5916-5929. DOI:10.3390/md12125916

Harrington, C., Reen, J.F., Mooij, M.J., Stewart, F., Chabot, J-B., Antonio Fernandez Guerra, A.F., Glockner, F.O., Nielsen, K.F., Gram, L., Dobson, A.D.W., Adams, C. and O'Gara, F.,  (2014), Characterisation of non-autoinducing tropodithietic acid (TDA) production from marine sponge Pseudovibrio species, Marine Drugs 12, 5960-5978. DOI: 10.3390/md12125960

Jonker. J.L., Abram, F., Pires, E., Varela-Coelho, A., Grunwald, I. and Power, A.M., (2014), Adhesive proteins of stalked and acorn barnacles display homology with low sequence similarities. PLoS ONE. 9 (10) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108902 OPEN ACCESS

Jonker, J.L., Morrison, L., Lynch, E., Grunwald, I., von Byern, J., Power, A.M., (2014), The chemistry of stalked barnacle adhesive (Lepas anatifera) using SEM-EDS, ATR/FTIR and Raman. Interface Focus 5 (1) DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2014.0062. OPENACCESS 

Kennedy, J., Flemer, B., Jackson, S.A., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson,A.D.W. (2014), Evidence of a putative deep sea specific microbiome in marine sponges. PLoS One 9(3): e91092. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0091092

Kennedy, J., Margassery, L.M., O'Leary, N.D., O’Gara, F., Morrissey, J. P., Dobson, A.D.W., (2014), Aquimarina amphilectae sp. nov., isolated from the sponge Amphilectus fucorumInternational Journal of  Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology, 64(Pt 2), p.501-505 DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.049650-0

Lallier, L.A., McMeel, O., Greiber, T., Vanagt, T., Dobson, A.D.W. and Jaspars, M. (2014), Access to and use of marine genetic resources: understanding the legal framework, Nat Prod Rep 31 (5), 612 – 616. DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70123A 

Rocha-Martin, J., Harrington, C., Dobson, A.D.W.and O’Gara, F., (2014), Emerging strategies and integrated systems microbiology technologies for biodiscovery of marine bioactive compounds, Marine Drugs 12, 3516-3559 DOI: 10.3390/md12063516

Seghal Kiran, G., Lipton, N., Kennedy, J., Dobson, A.D.W. and Selvin, J. (2014),  A halotolerant thermostable lipase from the marine bacterium Oceanobacillus sp. PUMB02 with an ability to disrupt bacterial biofilms, Bioengineered 5:305 -318. DOI: 10.4161/bioe.29898


Viegelmann, C., Parker, J., Ooi, T., Clements, C., Abbott, G., Young, L., Kennedy, J., Dobson, A.D.W. and Edrada-Ebel, R-A. (2014). Isolation and identification of antitrypanosomal and antimycobacterial bioactive active steroids from the sponge Haliclona simulans. Marine Drugs 12, 2937-2952. DOI:10.3390/md12052937

Viegelmann, C., Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., Zhang, T., O’Brien, C., O’Gara, F., Morrissey, J. P., Dobson, A.D.W., Edrada-Ebel, RA., (2014), Metabolomic Profiling and Genomic Study of a Marine Sponge-Associated Streptomyces sp., Marine Drugs, 12 (6), p.3323-3351 DOI: 10.3390/md12063323



Jackson, S.A., Flemer, B., McCann, A., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2013).  Archaea appear to dominate the microbiome of Inflatella pellicula deep sea sponges. PLoS One 8 (12):e84438.  DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0084438

Johnson, M.P., White, M., Wilson, A., Würzberg, L., Schwabe, E., Folch, H., Allcock, A.L., (2013), A Vertical Wall Dominated by Acesta excavata and Neopycnodonte zibrowii, Part of an Undersampled Group of Deep-Sea Habitats, PLoS ONE, 8(11), e79917  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079917

Phelan, R.M., Barret, M., Cotter, P.D., O’Connor, P.M., Che, R., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F. and Barbosa, T. (2013). Subtilomycin: a new lantibiotic from Bacillus subtilis strain MMA7 isolated from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans. Marine Drugs 11, 1878-1898. DOI:10.3390/md11061878

Megaw, JA., Busetti, A., Gilmore, B.F., (2013) Isolation and Characterisation of 1-Alkyl-3-Methylimidazolium Chloride Ionic Liquid Tolerant and Biodegrading Marine Bacteria, PLoS ONE, 8(4), e60806 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060806.

O’ Halloran, J.A., Barbosa, T.M., Morrissey, J.P., Kennedy, J., Dobson, A.D.W.and O’Gara, F. (2013).  Pseudovibrio axinellae sp. nov., isolated from an Irish marine sponge,  Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 63, 141-145. DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.040196-0

Rae, M., Folch, H., Moniz, M.B.J., Wolff, C.W., McCormack, G.P., Rindi, F., Johnson, M.P., (2012) Marine Bioactivity in Irish Waters, Phytochemistry Reviews, 12(3) p. 555-565, DOI: 10.1007/s11101-012-9227-7

Selvin J., Kennedy, J., Lejon, D.P.H., Kiran, G.S. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2012). Isolation identification and biochemical characterization of a novel halo-tolerant lipase from the metagenome of the marine sponge Haliclona simulans. Microbial Cell Factories 11:72. DOI: 10.1186/1475-2859-11-72



Baker, P.W., Dobson,A.D.W. and Marchesi, J.R. (2012).  In situ extraction of RNA from marine-derived fungi associated with the marine sponge, Haliclona simulans. Mycological Progress 11, 953-956. DOI: 10.1007/s11557-011-0796-4

Fee, K.M., Dunne, N.J., Walker, G.M. & Buchanan, F.J., (2012), Hydrothermal Synthesis of Coccolith-Rich Chalk to Hydroxyapatite, International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials, 4(2), p.81-95  DOI: 10.1504/IJNBM.2012.050309

Flemer B., Kennedy, J., Margassery, L.M., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., 2012, Diversity and Antimicrobial Activities of Microbes from Two Irish Marine Sponges, Suberites carnosus and Leucosolenia sp., Journal of Applied Microbiology, 112(2), p.289–301 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.05211.x

Harrington, C., Del Casale, A., Kennedy, J.,Neve, H., Picton, B., Mooij, M., O’Gara, F., Kulohov, L.A., Larkin, M.J.and Dobson, A.D.W. (2012). Evidence of bacteriophage-mediated horizontal transfer of bacterial 16s rRNA genes in the viral metagenome of the marine sponge Hymeniacidon perlevis. Microbiology 158, 2789 – 2795.  DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.057943-0.

Jackson, S.A., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W., (2012), Pyrosequencing Reveals Diverse and Distinct Sponge-Specific Microbial Communities in Sponges from a Single Geographical Location in Irish Waters, Microbial Ecology, 64(1), p.105-116 DOI: 10.1007/s00248-011-0002-x

Jonker, JL., von Byern, J., Flammang, P., Klepal, W., Power, AM., (2012), Unusual Adhesive Production System in the Barnacle Lepas Anatifera: An Ultrastructural and Histochemical Investigation, Journal of Morphology, 273(12), p.1377-1391;jsessionid DOI:10.1002/jmor.20067

Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., Morrissey, J.P., (2012), A High-Throughput Screen to Identify Novel Calcineurin Inhibitors, Journal of Microbiological Methods, 88(1), p. 63–66, DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2011.10.012

Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., Morrissey, J.P., (2012), Diversity and Antibacterial Activity of Bacteria Isolated from the Coastal Marine Sponges Amphilectus fucorum and Eurypon major, Letters in Applied Microbiology, 55(1), p.2–8 DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2012.03256.x

Moniz, M.B.J., Rindi, F., Guiry, M.D., (2012) Phylogeny and Taxonomy of Prasiolales (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) from Tasmania, Including Rosenvingiella tasmanica sp. nov, Phycologia, 51(1), p.86-97 DOI:

Phelan, R.W., O’ Halloran, J.A., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F., and Barbosa, T.M. (2012).  Diversity and bioactive potential of endospore-forming bacteria cultured from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans, isolated from Irish waters and their bioactive potential. J Appl Microbiol. 112(1), 65-78.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.05173.x

Zheden, V., von Byern, J., Kerbl, A., Leisch, N., Staedler, Y., Grunwald, I.,  Power, A.M. and Klepal, W., (2012), Cement float of a barnacle: Morphology of the cement apparatus and the cement of the buoy barnacle Dosima fascicularis (Ellis & Solander, 1786) (Crustacea, Cirripedia, Thoracica, Lepadidae), Biological Bulletin 223 (2) 192–204.



Clarke, S.A., Walsh, P.J., Maggs, C.A., Buchanan, F., (2011), Designs from the Deep: Marine Organisms for Bone Tissue Engineering, Biotechnology Advances, 29(6), p.610-617 DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2011.04.003

Kennedy, J., O’Leary, N., Kiran, S., Morrissey, J., O’Gara, F., Selvin, J. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2011).  Functional metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes and biosurfactants with biotechnological applications Journal of Applied Microbiology, 111, 787-799 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.05106.x

Morrow, C.C., Picton, B.E., Erpenbeck, D., Boury-Esnault, N., Maggs, C.A., Allcock, A.L. Congruence Between Nuclear and Mitochondrial Genes in Demospongiae: A New Hypothesis for Relationships within the G4 Clade(Porifera: Demospongiae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 62(1), p.174-190 doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.09.016

O’Halloran, J.A, Barbosa, T.M., Morrissey, J.P., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., (2011) Diversity and Antimicrobial Activity of Pseudovibrio spp. from Irish Marine Sponges,  Journal of Applied Microbiology, 110(6),  p.1495-1508 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.05008.x

Phelan R.W., Clarke C., Morrissey J.P., Dobson A.D.W., O'Gara F., Barbosa T.M., (2011) Tetracycline Resistance-Encoding Plasmid from Bacillus sp. Strain #24 Isolated from the Marine Sponge Haliclona simulans. Applied Environmental Microbiology, 77(1), p.327-9. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01239-10



Baker, P.W., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., O'Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., Marchesi, J.R., (2010),  Endoglucanase Activities and Growth of Marine-Derived Fungi Isolated from the Sponge Haliclona simulans, Journal of Applied Microbiology, 108(5), p.1668-75 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.2009.04563.x

Busetti, A., Crawford, D.E., Earle, M.J., Gilea, M., Gilmore, B.F.*, Gorman, S.P., Laverty, G., Lowry, A.F., McLaughlin, M., Seddon, K.R. (2009) Antimicrobial and antibiofilm activities of 1-alkylquinolinium bromide ionic liquids, Green Chemistry, 12(3), p.420-425.!divAbstract  DOI:10.1039/B919872E

Chin, J.P., Megaw, J., Magill, C.L., Nowotarski, K., Williams, J.P., Bhaganna, P., Linton, M., Patterson, M.F, Underwood, G.J.C., Mswaka, A.Y., Hallsworth, J.E., (2010), Solutes Determine the Temperature Windows for Microbial Survival and Growth, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(17), p.7835-7840 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1000557107

Kennedy, J., Flemer, B., Jackson, S.A., Lejon, D.P., Morrissey, J.P., O'Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., (2010), Marine Metagenomics: New Tools for the Study and Exploitation of Marine Microbial Metabolism,  Marine Drugs, 8(3), p.608-28 DOI: 10.3390/md8030608

Rindi, F., (2010) Reproduction and Life History of the Green Alga Prasiola linearis Jao (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Botanica Marina, 53, p.1-7. file:///C:/Users/3048979/Downloads/Rindi%202010%20-%20Bot%20Mar.pdf DOI: 10.1515/BOT.2010.002



Baker, P.W., Kennedy, J., Dobson, A.D.W., Marchesi, J.R., (2009), Phylogenetic Diversity and Antimicrobial Activities of Fungi Associated with Haliclona simulans Isolated from Irish Coastal Waters, Marine Biotechnology, 11(4), p.540-7. DOI: 10.1007/s10126-008-9169-7

Kennedy, J., Baker, P., Piper, C., Cotter, P.D., Walsh, M., Mooij, M.J., Bourke, M.B., Rea, M.C., O'Connor, P.M., Ross, R.P., Hill, C., O'Gara, F., Marchesi, J.R., Dobson, A.D.W., (2009), Isolation and Analysis of Bacteria with Antimicrobial Activities from the Marine Sponge Haliclona Simulans Collected from Irish Waters, Marine Biotechnology, 11(3), p.384-96.  DOI: 10.1007/s10126-008-9154-1.



Kennedy, J., Marchesi, J.R., Dobson, A.D.W., (2008), Marine metagenomics: strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes with biotechnological applications from marine environments, Microbial Cell Factories, 7(27) DOI: 10.1186/1475-2859-7-27

Kennedy, J., Codling, C.E., Jones, B.V., Dobson, A.D.W., Marchesi, J.R., (2008), Diversity of Microbes Associated with the Marine Sponge, Haliclona simulans, Isolated from Irish Waters and identification of Polyketide Synthase Genes from the Sponge Metagenome, Environmental Microbiology, 10(7), p.1888-902                      DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01614.x.

Kennedy, J., Marchesi, J.R., Dobson, A.D.W., (2007), Metagenomic Approaches to Exploit the Biotechnological Potential of the Microbial Consorita of Marine Sponges,  Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology, 75(1), p.11-20  DOI: 10.1007/s00253-007-0875-2