TEAGASC - Animal & Bioscience Department. • Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath. • C15 PW93 (Ireland).

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Orla Keane

Main Supervisor

BA(mod) / PGradDip / PhD


About me

I graduated with a degree in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin followed by a post-graduate diploma in Statistics and a PhD in Molecular Microbiology. I subsequently worked for 4 years as a post-doctoral researcher with the Animal Genomics Group, AgResearch Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, New Zealand with a further post-doctoral position at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, TCD. In 2009 I joined the Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Department in Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath as a Senior Researchers where my research interests lie in the area of Infection Biology. I have led and collaborated on many projects in the areas of bovine and ovine infection disease including intramammary infections, gastrointestinal nematode infections and enzootic abortion of ewes. Specific interests include molecular mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus virulence in the mammary gland and strain-specific virulence, innate and adaptive resistance to gastrointestinal nematodes and antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance among pathogens of farm animals. I also have a keen interest in knowledge transfer to the agricultural industry. .


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  1. 2003

    PhD - Molecular Microbiology

    Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  2. 2000

    Grad. Dip in Statistics

    Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
  3. 1998

    B.A.(mod) - Microbiology

    Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)

Professional Career

  1. 2009-Present
    Senior Research Officer
    Teagasc, Animal & Bioscience Department, Grange. (Ireland)
  2. 2014-2015
    Visiting Researcher
    Animal Genomics, AgResearch, Invermay, Mosgiel (New Zealand)
  3. 2008-2009
    Post-doctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Genetics
    Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. (Ireland)
  4. 2006-2007
    IT Administrator
    AMP, Circular Quay, Sydney (Australia)
  5. 2006
    Research Scientist
    Animal Genomics, AgResearch, Invermay, Mosgiel (New Zealand).
  6. 2003-2005
    Post-doctoral Fellow
    Molecular Biology Unit AgResearch, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Otago, Dunedin (New Zealand).