Orla O'Donovan
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Dr Orla O’Donovan obtained a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from NUI, Galway where she also carried out her Ph.D. research on ‘The activating factor for peptidylglycine monooxygenase in bovine pituitary tissue’. On completion of her Ph.D. Orla worked as a clinical biochemist in the Limerick Regional Hospital where her work mainly focused on endocrinology.

In 1998, Orla was appointed to a lectureship in Biochemistry in the South East Technologucal University. She is active in a variety of research areas such as the development of novel pharmaceutical delivery systems/platforms; the identification of the cytokines, adhesion molecules, microparticles and other inflammatory markers that are influenced by cancer; and the mechanism by which metal sequesterisation by seaweeds occurs at a proteomic and genomic level.

Her research activity in SETU has led to awards of over €5.5 million in research funding from competitive national, industrial, EU and international funding. Her collaborations involve clinical, academic and industrial partners in Ireland and internationally.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Biochemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway

Award Date: 01 Jul 1997


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