Dr Joan O’Keeffe

Lecturer in Medical Science
+353 (0)91 742259

graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Science from TU Dublin (former DIT, Kevin Street), and with a PhD (Immunology) from Trinity College Dublin. I completed a two year post-doctoral research study into innate immune mechanisms in colon cancer in the Education & Research Centre at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. I was employed as a lecturer in Biochemistry at NUI Galway before joining the Department of Biopharmaceutical & Medical Science Medical Science at GMIT in 2008. My research interests are in innate immunity, antimicrobial peptides, salmon fish health, bioactivity in seaweeds, tissue culture, green labs initiative


The aim of the project is to identify and characterise antimicrobial peptides from a range of seaweed species and is particularly focused on the functional effect of the peptides extracted from seaweed products.
MFRC researchers are collaborating with IT Sligo to investigate antimicrobial peptides in Atlantic Salmon.