IPC2020

Orla O'Sullivan Ph.D.

 

Food Bioscience Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co, Cork., Irelnad

Career Profile (Education and Employment):

  • December 2019 - present: Funded Investigator VistaMilk Centre
  • October 2019- present: Senior Research Officer (Computational Biologist), Teagasc
  • June 2018 -Present: Funded Investigator, APC Microbiome Ireland
  • Feb 2017 – October 2019: Research Officer (Computational Biologist), Teagasc
  • 2015 - 2017: Faculty Member APC Microbiome Centre
  • Sep 2014 - Feb 2017: Starting Investigator Research Grant, Fellow.
  • Feb 2014 - August 2014: Research Fellow, Teagasc and APC Microbiome Centre
  • Jan 2008 – Dec 2013: Research Officer,  ELDERMET, Teagasc and UCC
  • Feb 2006 – Dec 2007: Research Officer, Teagasc
  • Jan 2005 – Jan 2006: Lecturer and Senior Demonstrator, Dept. of Biochemistry, UCC.
  • July 2004 – Jan 2005: Postdoctoral research Conway Institute, UCD, Dublin.

Grants Awarded:

  • 2020: Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, Soil Microbiome(Applicant) (€100,000)
  • 2018:   Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, ProbAth (Applicant) (€100,000)
  • 2018:   Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, DairyTrace (Co-Applicant) (€100,000)
  • 2018:    APEX (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) COFUND programme), IBD-ome, (Co-     Applicant (€138000)
  • 2018:    Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund, Seqbiome (Co-Applicant), (€200,000)
  • 2014 Starting Investigator Research Grant, Science Foundation Ireland (Applicant) (Grant number 13/SIRG/2160) (€400,000) 
  • 2012 Science Foundation Ireland, Obesicibiotics (Co-Applicant) (€896,000)
  • 2009 European Funding Agency, BACTIC, (Co-Applicant) (€1,078,314)
  • 2010 FIRM grant, INFANTMET Science, (Named Bioinformatician) (€400,000)
  • 2010 Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, Dairy-Met, (Co-Applicant) (€100,000)

Mentoring And Supervision:

  • Supervision of PhD students Lisa Quigley (Viva November 2013), Wiley Barton (Viva September 2018), Ciara O’Donovan (Viva 2019), Laura Wosniska (Viva due 2022), Min Yap (Viva due 2022).
  • Postdoctoral researcher supervision; current: Dr. Wiley Barton and Dr. Eileen Ryan. Previous:  Ronan Whiston ( contract ended August 2018)
  • Supervision of MSc in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology students from Cork institute of Technology and University College Cork; Kiera Murphy (submitted September 2010), Michelle Walsh and Padraig Walsh (submitted September 2013), Jean Barrett (submitted September 2014), Padraig Courtney (submitted September 2015) .
  • Supervision of research MSc. student Susan Crowley (submission September 2016).
  • Mentor and bioinformatics supervision to numerous other placement, Ph.D. and MSc. Students and staff. 

Innovation/Commercial Activity:

  • TEAGASC Gateways initiatives presenter. 
  • Prepare all publications with TTO office and APC IP Commercialization case manager.
  • IP agreement organisation for bioinformatic analysis of genome and metagenome datasets for industry collaborators. 

Other information:

  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Travel fellowship (September 2013). 
  • European Conference on Computational Biology, Travel fellowship (September 2003).
  • Scientist of the Year (APC Microbiome Institute 2014).
  • Cover image of Applied Environmental Microbiology, Issue 73 (2007).
  • Committee Member of both APC Microbiome Institute and VistaMilk Education and Outreach Committee. 
  • Organising committee for Microbiome underpinning Agriculture Conference, 2018. 
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for numerous journals, grants and theses.
  • Listed as a “Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher” in 2018
  • Keynote Speaker at numerous international conferences.
  • Invited guest to Aras an Uachtarain March 2019 to mark International Women’s Day.
  • SFI Early Career Researcher of the Year 2019. 

Selected Publications

  • 1. O’Donovan, C. M.; Madigan, S. M.; Garcia-Perez, I.; Rankin, A.; O’Sullivan, O.; Cotter, P. D., Distinct microbiome composition and metabolome exists across subgroups of elite Irish athletes. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 2020, 23, (1), 63-68.
  • 2. O’Donovan, C. M.; Connor, B.; Madigan, S. M.; Cotter, P. D.; O’Sullivan, O., Instances of altered gut microbiomes among Irish cricketers over periods of travel in the lead up to the 2016 World Cup: A sequencing analysis. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease 2020, 101553.
  • 3. Wosinska, L.; Cotter, P. D.; O'Sullivan, O.; Guinane, C., The Potential Impact of Probiotics on the Gut Microbiome of Athletes. Nutrients 2019, 11, (10).
  • 4. Keohane, D. M.; Woods, T.; O’Connor, P.; Underwood, S.; Cronin, O.; Whiston, R.; O'Sullivan, O.; Cotter, P.; Shanahan, F.; Molloy, M. G. M., Four men in a boat: Ultra-endurance exercise alters the gut microbiome. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 2019.
  • 5. Cronin, O.; Barton, W.; Skuse, P.; Penney, N. C.; Garcia-Perez, I.; Murphy, E. F.; Woods, T.; Nugent, H.; Fanning, A.; Melgar, S.; Falvey, E. C.; Holmes, E.; Cotter, P. D.; O'Sullivan, O.; Molloy, M. G.; Shanahan, F., A Prospective Metagenomic and Metabolomic Analysis of the Impact of Exercise and/or Whey Protein Supplementation on the Gut Microbiome of Sedentary Adults. mSystems 2018, 3, (3).
  • 6. Barton, W.; Penney, N. C.; Cronin, O.; Garcia-Perez, I.; Molloy, M. G.; Holmes, E.; Shanahan, F.; Cotter, P. D.; O'Sullivan, O., The microbiome of professional athletes differs from that of more sedentary subjects in composition and particularly at the functional metabolic level. Gut 2018, 67, (4), 625-633.
  • 7. Rankin, A.; O’Donavon, C.; Madigan, S. M.; O’Sullivan, O.; Cotter, P. D., ‘Microbes in sport’ – The potential role of the gut microbiota in athlete health and performance. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017, 51, (9), 698-699.
  • 8. Cronin, O.; O'Sullivan, O.; Barton, W.; Cotter, P. D.; Molloy, M. G.; Shanahan, F., Gut microbiota: implications for sports and exercise medicine. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017.
  • 9. Barton, W.; Penney, N. C.; Cronin, O.; Garcia-Perez, I.; Molloy, M. G.; Holmes, E.; Shanahan, F.; Cotter, P. D.; O'Sullivan, O., The microbiome of professional athletes differs from that of more sedentary subjects in composition and particularly at the functional metabolic level. Gut 2017.
  • 10. Claesson, M. J.; Jeffery, I. B.; Conde, S.; Power, S. E.; O'Connor, E. M.; Cusack, S.; Harris, H. M.; Coakley, M.; Lakshminarayanan, B.; O'Sullivan, O.; Fitzgerald, G. F.; Deane, J.; O'Connor, M.; Harnedy, N.; O'Connor, K.; O'Mahony, D.; van Sinderen, D.; Wallace, M.; Brennan, L.; Stanton, C.; Marchesi, J. R.; Fitzgerald, A. P.; Shanahan, F.; Hill, C.; Ross, R. P.; O'Toole, P. W., Gut microbiota composition correlates with diet and health in the elderly. Nature 2012, 488, (7410), 178-84.