Gerard O’Keeffe

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Gerard O’Keeffe – APC Faculty

Gerard O’Keeffe graduated with a BSc degree and PhD in Neuroscience from UCC,. During his PhD, Dr. O’Keeffe spent 4 months in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden on an Enterprise Ireland-funded International Collaboration grant developing his research. This was followed by a move to Cardiff University where he worked in the laboratories of Prof. Alun Davies FRS on the molecular mechanisms of immune-related molecules neuronal survival and growth in the developing nervous system. He was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2008, but instead he returned to UCC in September 2008 when he was appointed as Lecturer and Principal Investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Gerard’s research is focusing on understanding the implications of in utero and early-life adversity (stress, infection, hypoxia) on the establishment of neural circuits in the CNS and PNS.