Dr. Connolly is a Research lecturer in the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics. She received a B.E in Electronic Engineering from UCD in 2004. After working in the telecommunications industry and subsequently travelling the world, Niamh returned to Ireland and obtained an MSc in Biomedical Science from NUI Galway in 2009. She completed her PhD under Dr. Heinrich Huber and Prof. Jochen Prehn at the RCSI, where she applied both computational (dry-lab) and experimental (wet-lab) approaches to investigate the role of the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in neuronal excitotoxicity. Niamh continues to pursue an inter-disciplinary approach in her current research, where her work forms part of two highly collaborative projects investigating the common and distinct mechanisms of mitochondrial bioenergetic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases (www.cebiond.org), and the systems-level network analysis of the effect of miRNAs in epileptogenesis (www.epimirna.eu).
As well as her scientific publications (http://bit.ly/2fy5EGt), Niamh has also written an online article analysing the benefits of doubt in scientific research (http://bit.ly/2eSrwLk), and her career story is listed on the SFI’s Smart Futures website http://www.smartfutures.ie/who-works-stem/niamh-connolly-post-doctoral-researcher-royal-college-surgeons