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Lab Members

Head of RESEARCH GROUP

Photograph of Charlie Professor Charles Spillane

Director of Ryan Institute
Head of Plant & Agribiosciences Research Centre (PABC)
Áras de Brún Office C306
[T]: +353-91-494148
[E]: charles.spillane[at]nuigalway.ie

Lab Manager

Dr. Galina Brychkova

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: GALINA.BRYCHKOVA[at]nuigalway.ie
Research interests: Abiotic stress tolerance; novel genes; molecular genetics; biochemistry; metabolic engineering; biotechnology; synthetic biology; 3D printing [Publications & Citations]

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Noel Lucca (IRC Postdoctoral Fellow)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Heterosis; Epigenetics; Plant reproduction; Arabidopsis thaliana; biotechnology. [Publications & Citations]

Dr. Caroline Ochieng (IRC CAROLINE Fellow)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Biomass; Cookstoves; Air Pollution; Developing countries. [Publications & Citations]

PhD Researchers

Photograph of Anish KumarAnish Kumar

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: anishkumarpk[at]gmail.com
Research interests: Oilseeds; TILLING; Bioenergy crop improvement (collaboration with BenchBio Ltd, India). [Publications & Citations]

Marijke Hummel (CCAFS PhD student)

Áras de Brún Office C314
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: M.HUMMEL1@nuigalway.ie
Research interests: Nutrition, Global Health, Biofortification, Intervention Trials  [Publications & Citations] 

Zewdy Gebremedhin (3D4AGDEV PhD student)

Áras de Brún Office C314
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: zewdy@3d4agdev.org
Research interests: Labour saving technologies for women smallholder farmers, farmer participatory research, user-driven innovation, 3D printing, agricultural tool design. [Publications & Citations] 

Gilles Dupouy (SFI PhD student)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: G.DUPOUY1@nuigalway.ie
Research interests: Heterosis, Seed Development, Genome editing, Plant Reproduction [Publications & Citations]

Rosa María Castillo (SFI PhD student)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: roscasbra03@gmail.com
Research interests: Heterosis, Ploidy; GWAS, Genome editing [Publications & Citations]

Brendan Hallahan (IRC PhD student)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: b.hallahan2@nuigalway.ie
Research interests: Polyploidy, Abiotic stress tolerance, biofortification, food security [Publications & Citations]

Colm Duffy (IRC PhD student)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA); Forestry; Water Quality [Publications & Citations]

Francesca Lopez (PhD student)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Plant Genetics; Plant Reproduction; Heterosis [Publications & Citations]

Chrystian Sosa (PhD student)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Ruminant microbiome; Greenhouse gas emissions; Ruminant diet [Publications & Citations]

LAB ASSOCIATES

Dr. Peter McKeown

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]: peter.mckeown[at]nuigalway.ie
Research interests: Genomic imprinting; genome dosage; polyploidy; plant reproduction; molecular evolution [Publications & Citations]

Research Assistants

Photograph - Staff member

Chiara Cazzaniga

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Plant Genetics; Plant Reproduction; Epigenetics; Heterosis [Publications & Citations]

MSc Research Students

James Friel

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Plant Genetics; Plant Reproduction; Epigenetics; Heterosis [Publications & Citations]

Visiting SCIENTISTS

Eimear Cleary

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Climate Change; GIS; Spatial Epidemiology [Publications & Citations]

Interns

Peter Heinrich (from 1/3/18)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Biotechnology; Biophysics.

Manuela Devono, Erasmus+ Trainee (from 1/5/18)

Áras de Brún Lab C318
[T]: +353-91-492340
[E]:
Research interests: Plant biotechnology; Genetics; Epigenetics