Who We Are
Meet Our Team
Marcus is Principal Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland, Programme Director of the MSc in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at University College Cork, and Chair of the EU COST Action ML4Microbiome aiming to optimise the use of Machine Learning in microbiome science. With close to 20 years’ microbiome experience, his research interest includes the role of the microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease and associated methods development.
Paul’s laboratory at Teagasc were winners at the Irish Laboratory of the Year Awards on multiple occasions. He has also received awards from the Society for Applied Microbiology, ESCMID and FEMS, and heads the Applied Microbiology section within Faculty of 1000 (Biology), and was included in the Clarivate list of highly cited researchers for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Over the past few years Brad has focused on working with a number of start-ups and spin-out companies, helping them to bring their services and products to market.
Through his career, Dave has helped businesses and academics raise over €45 million in funding from Private Capital and Grant Sources. As VP of Fund Strategy at Intellectual Venture’s Irish based fund he was responsible for managing the Investment Strategy of the $350 million fund. As an Innovator he is an inventor on close to 70 patents.
“There is nothing more satisfying than being involved with a team in the creation of high value products and services based on ingenuity and hard work, leveraging modern science and technology.”
During this time she focused on the investigation of several parameters on the gut microbiome of athletes. During her subsequent postdoc her research focused primarily on the microbial composition and activity within fermented food environments.
Marcus completed his BSc in Microbiology and MSc in Bioinformatics in University College Cork. He has worked on projects involving Parkinson’s disease, Listeria and Chlorella.
He is currently working as a Bioinformatician for SeqBiome, performing analysis on genomic, 16s and metagenomic data on a wide array of microbiomes.
In addition to analyzing a wide array of microbiomes for SeqBiome, his research interests includes the role of the microbiome and host genetics in coeliac disease.
She is also looking at key microbial players and their metabolites that possess neuromodulatory abilities, which can influence gut to brain communication. This work would be in line with microbiome targeted therapeutics that are aimed at the mental health and overall wellbeing of the consumer.
Emmanuel is a lab technician with SeqBiome while working towards his PhD. His research focuses on microbial genomics and the application of synthetic biology in developing phage-based biocontrols.
Laura graduated with a BA in Human Genetics from Trinity College Dublin, after which she worked for four years as technician on the Teagasc sequencing platform and is now working with SeqBiome and towards a PhD in Microbiology in University College Cork.
Laura’s primary research focus is on developing next-generation sequencing tools and methods, with a view to improving the application of the technology to microbiome studies and to enhance understanding of the role of the microbiome in food and human health.
Before that, he had similar work experience in Brazil, being part of Molecular Biology and Genetic Quality laboratories. He has a post-graduate certificate in Plant Breeding but also demonstrates strong interest with Next-Generation Sequencing.