Prof Anne Parle-McDermott

School of Biotechnology


Dr. Anne Parle-McDermott joined the School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University as a Lecturer in Genetics in 2006 from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where she was a Lecturer at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics (2005-2006) and a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Immunology and Biochemistry from 1999-2005. Anne completed her Ph.D thesis at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1999 and was awarded her Ph.D by TCD in 2000. Anne is currently Associate Professor, Head of School of Biotechnology and Principal Investigator of the Nutritional Genomics Group and member of the National Institute of Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) and the Water Institute at DCU.


Research Interests:
Prof.  Anne Parle-McDermott’s research group focuses on understanding the importance of folate nutrition for human health. Folic acid supplementation/fortification has known benefits in the prevention of birth defects and other human diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, but the underlying mechanism of how it does this has not been fully elucidated. Research at the Parle-McDermott laboratory aims to decipher the molecular mechanism of how folate plays such an important role in human health ranging from pregnancy to ageing using a combination of genetics, genomics, biochemistry and cell biology methodologies. This research will have relevance for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common human disease. The group is also using their extensive molecular expertise to develop Biosensors for the detection of Atlantic salmon with the Marine Institute at Burrishole.

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