Gary Brennan
Epilepsy, Funded Investigators, UCD
Disease Areas:Epilepsy
Thematic Area:Diagnostics, Therapeutics
Areas of expertise:Epigenetics, microRNA, Transcription, Molecular biology

Gary is an assistant Professor in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science (SBBS) and Junior Conway Fellow at University College Dublin. He obtained a BSc(Hons) in Genetics and Cell Biology from Dublin City University in 2009 before joining the lab of Professor David Henshall to undertake a PhD in molecular neurophysiology. Upon graduation in 2012 he joined the lab of professor Tallie Z. Baram at the University of California-Irvine as a George Hewitt Postdoctoral fellow. In 2015 he returned to the department of Physiology and Medical Physics at RCSI as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellow. In 2019 he was appointed as a StAR Research Lecturer at RCSI before moving to his current position at SBBS in UCD in April 2020. Gary and his team’s research efforts focus on identifying the molecular mechanisms which contribute to the development of epilepsy following epilepsy-inciting brain insults. Specifically we are interested in understanding how brain insults and seizures affect the mechanisms which regulate gene expression, transcriptional efficiency, genomic structure and RNA processing with a view to harnessing this understanding to develop novel therapeutics which might prevent epilepsy development. Our research is kindly supported by funding from Science Foundation Ireland, UCD Ad Astra programme and previously also by Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE).

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