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Dr Joseph Byrne

Joe Byrne is an Honorary Research Lecturer in the School of Chemistry, NUI Galway. He is an Irish chemistry researcher, with international research experience, and he is currently working on his first independent research project.

Joe’s SFI-funded Starting Investigator Research Grant aims to develop carbohydrate-based sensing materials as platforms for 3D-printed microfluidic diagnostic devices, with applications in clinical (bacterial infections) and environmental settings (contamination). The team for this project consists of Joe (Starting Investigator), Karolina Wojtczak (PhD student) and collaborators in the School of Chemistry and CÚRAM Centre for Medical Device Research.

Before moving to Galway, Joe worked in University of Bern (Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, supervised by Prof Martin Albrecht), researching carbohydrate-functionalised organometallic catalysts, and Trinity College Dublin (supervised by Prof Thorri Gunnlaugsson), investigating lanthanide-directed self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry.

Joe’s research interests are in carbohydrates, organic synthesis, luminescent sensors, anti-microbial agents and coordination chemistry. He is on the committee of the RSC Carbohydrate Interest Group and the ICI Young Chemists Network.

Career summary:

2019-presentSFI Starting Investigator Research Grant Fellow (NUI Galway)
Honorary Research Lecturer in the School of Chemistry
2016-2019Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Bern, Prof. Albrecht)
Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellow (2017-19)
2017Visiting Researcher at University of Nottingham
2014-2016Postdoctoral Researcher (Trinity College Dublin, Prof. Gunnlaugsson)
2015Visiting Researcher (Hong Kong University, Prof V. W.-W. Yam)
2010-2015PhD (Trinity College Dublin, Supervisor: Prof T. Gunnlaugsson)
2009SFI UREKA Summer Research Studentship
2006-2010BSc (Hons) (Maynooth University)