Dr Joanne Masterson

Biology, Human Health Institute

Associate Professor
MAP (Mature & Access Students) Academic Advisor

Biosciences & Electronic Engineering Facility
(01) 708 6369


Joanne Masterson, PhD obtained her BSc and PhD degrees from Maynooth University. She subsequently moved abroad to complete her postdoctoral training and fellowships (2014) and became an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado, USA. She was appointed Assistant Professor in Maynooth University’s Department of Biology in 2018, is the Principal Investigator of the Allergy, Inflammation and Remodelling Research (AIRR) lab and is a member of the Kathleen Lonsdale Institute for Human Health Research. In 2019 Dr Masterson was awarded the Science Foundation President of Ireland Future Research Leaders Award.

Research Interests

Joanne Masterson, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the Allergy, Inflammation and Remodeling Research (AIRR) lab. She has a long-standing interest in defining novel mechanisms of mucosal inflammation. Her research has investigated the eosinophils contribution to epithelial cell biology and tissue remodeling. Her studies have identified novel mechanisms, that include oxygen sensing and metabolism, hypoxia and novel cytokine mediators through which allergic and mucosal diseases such as Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) develop.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Transcriptional Mechanisms Controling Epithelial Cell Fate Determination during Allergic Esophageal Inflammation in Eosinophilic Esophagitis PI This project record is on behalf of incoming lecturer Joanne Masterson who will begin her employment in the Dept. of Biology on 01/01/2018 01/03/2019 29/02/2024 1575041.9
Interrogating Steroid Non-responsiveness in the Irish Eosinophilic Oesophagitis Population. PI 03/12/2022 31/01/2027 370916.3

Post Doctoral Fellows / Research Team

Researcher Name Project Funding Body
Gary Edward Markey MicroRNAs in Eosinophilic Oesophagitis
Louise Crowe Role of hypoxic signalling in epithelial regeneration at atopic mucosal surfaces
Taylor Marie Benson HIF in oesophageal epithelial cell fate determination
Sinéad Ryan Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Future Research Leaders
Sofia Nichole Almeida Cruz Steroid non-responsiveness in EoE
Shauna Katie Kellett Epithelial metabolism and epithelial functions


Year Publication
2013 Masterson JC and Furuta GT (2013) Eosinophils and Disease: Animal models of human pathology. C. Models of IBD. Oxford UK: Academic Press.
2013 Schroeder S, Masterson JC, Fillon S and Furuta GT (2013) Eosinophils as regulators of gastrointestinal physiological homeostasis. Oxford UK: Academic Press.
2013 Masterson JC and Furuta GT (2013) Eosinophil-mediated Tissue Remodeling and Fibrosis-Introduction. Oxford UK: Academic Press.

Other Publication

Year Publication
2023 Markey, G.E.; Donohoe, C.L.; McNamee, E.N.; Masterson, J.C. (2023) MicroRNA dysregulation and therapeutic opportunities in esophageal diseases. [Link] [DOI]
2023 Menard-Katcher, C.; Liu, C.; Galbraith, M.D.; Benson, T.; Burger, C.; Dobias, D.; Larsen, L.; O'Brien, C.; Spencer, L.A.; Furuta, G.T.; Masterson, J.C. (2023) Fibrostenotic eosinophilic esophagitis phenotype is defined by a proliferative gene signature. [Link] [DOI]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2024 Markey, G.E.; Ryan, S.; Furuta, G.T.; Menard-Katcher, C.; McNamee, E.N.; Masterson, J.C. (2024) 'Hypoxia-inducible microRNA-155 negatively regulates epithelial barrier in eosinophilic esophagitis by suppressing tight junction claudin-7'. FASEB Journal, 38 . [Link] [DOI]
2023 Phelan, D.E.; Mota, C.; Strowitzki, M.J.; Shigemura, M.; Sznajder, J.I.; Crowe, L.; Masterson, J.C.; Hayes, S.E.; Reddan, B.; Yin, X.; Brennan, L.; Crean, D.; Cummins, E.P. (2023) 'Hypercapnia alters mitochondrial gene expression and acylcarnitine production in monocytes'. Immunology and Cell Biology, . [Link] [DOI]
2023 Gallagher, C.; Mahon, J.M.; O'Neill, C.; Cassidy, F.C.; Dunbar, H.; De Barra, C.; Cadden, C.; Pisarska, M.M.; Wood, N.A.W.; Masterson, J.C.; McNamee, E.N.; Schrumpf, E.; English, K.; O'Shea, D.; Tobin, A.M.; Hogan, A.E. (2023) 'Mucosal-Associated Invariant T Cells Are Altered in Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Contribute to the Inflammatory Milieu'. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, . [Link] [DOI]
2021 Ma C; Schoepfer AM; Safroneeva E; ; ; (2021) 'Development of a Core Outcome Set for Therapeutic Studies in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (COREOS): An International Multidisciplinary Consensus'. Journal of Gastroenterology, 161 (3). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Ma C.; Schoepfer A.M.; Dellon E.S.; Bredenoord A.J.; Chehade M.; Collins M.H.; Feagan B.G.; Furuta G.T.; Gupta S.K.; Hirano I.; Jairath V.; Katzka D.A.; Pai R.K.; Rothenberg M.E.; Straumann A.; Aceves S.S.; Alexander J.A.; Arva N.C.; Atkins D.; Biedermann L.; Blanchard C.; Cianferoni A.; Ciriza de los Rios C.; Clayton F.; Davis C.M.; de Bortoli N.; Dias J.A.; Falk G.W.; Genta R.M.; Ghaffari G.; Gonsalves N.; Greuter T.; Hopp R.; Hsu Blatman K.S.; Jensen E.T.; Johnston D.; Kagalwalla A.F.; Larsson H.M.; Leung J.; Louis H.; Masterson J.C.; Menard-Katcher C.; Menard-Katcher P.A.; Moawad F.J.; Muir A.B.; Mukkada V.A.; Penagini R.; Pesek R.D.; Peterson K.; Putnam P.E.; Ravelli A.; Savarino E.V.; Schlag C.; Schreiner P.; Simon D.; Smyrk T.C.; Spergel J.M.; Taft T.H.; Terreehorst I.; Vanuytsel T.; Venter C.; Vieira M.C.; Vieth M.; Vlieg-Boerstra B.; von Arnim U.; Walker M.M.; Wechsler J.B.; Woodland P.; Woosley J.T.; Yang G.Y.; Zevit N.; Safroneeva E. (2021) 'Development of a core outcome set for therapeutic studies in eosinophilic esophagitis (COREOS)'. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Ma C; Schoepfer AM; Safroneeva E; ; (2021) 'A Summary of the Meetings of the Development of a Core Outcome Set for Therapeutic Studies in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (COREOS) International Multidisciplinary Consensus'. Journal of Gastroenterology, 161 (3). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2021 Masterson JC; Menard-Katcher C; Larsen LD; Furuta GT; Spencer LA; (2021) 'Heterogeneity of Intestinal Tissue Eosinophils: Potential Considerations for Next-Generation Eosinophil-Targeting Strategies'. Cells, 10 (2). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Masterson JC; Biette KA; Hammer JA; Nguyen N; Capocelli KE; Saeedi BJ; Harris RF; Fernando SD; Hosford LB; Kelly CJ; Campbell EL; Ehrentraut SF; Ahmed FN; Nakagawa H; Lee JJ; McNamee EN; Glover LE; Colgan SP; Furuta GT; (2019) 'Epithelial HIF-1α/claudin-1 axis regulates barrier dysfunction in eosinophilic esophagitis'. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 129 (8). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Neudecker, V; Haneklaus, M; Jensen, O; Khailova, L; Masterson, JC; Tye, H; Biette, K; Jedlicka, P; Brodsky, KS; Gerich, ME; Mack, M; Robertson, AAB; Cooper, MA; Furuta, GT; Dinarello, CA; O'Neill, LA; Eltzschig, HK; Masters, SL; McNamee, EN (2017) 'Myeloid-derived miR-223 regulates intestinal inflammation via repression of the NLRP3 inflammasome'. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 214 :1737-1752. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Nguyen N; Baumgarten A; Wright BL; Capocelli KE; Pan Z; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; Masterson JC; (2019) 'Histologic similarities in children with eosinophilic esophagitis and proton pump inhibitor-responsive esophageal eosinophilia'. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 143 (3). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Ackerman SJ; Kagalwalla AF; Hirano I; Gonsalves N; Katcher PM; Gupta S; Wechsler JB; Grozdanovic M; Pan Z; Masterson JC; Du J; Fantus RJ; Alumkal P; Lee JJ; Ochkur S; Ahmed F; Capocelli K; Melin-Aldana H; Biette K; Dubner A; Amsden K; Keeley K; Sulkowski M; Zalewski A; Atkins D; Furuta GT; (2019) 'One-Hour Esophageal String Test: A Nonendoscopic Minimally Invasive Test That Accurately Detects Disease Activity in Eosinophilic Esophagitis'. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 114 (10). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Grozdanovic M; Laffey KG; Abdelkarim H; Hitchinson B; Harijith A; Moon HG; Park GY; Rousslang LK; Masterson JC; Furuta GT; Tarasova NI; Gaponenko V; Ackerman SJ; (2019) 'Novel peptide nanoparticle-biased antagonist of CCR3 blocks eosinophil recruitment and airway hyperresponsiveness'. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 143 (2). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2019 Kim DY; Furuta GT; Nguyen N; Inage E; Masterson JC; (2019) 'Epithelial Claudin Proteins and Their Role in Gastrointestinal Diseases'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 68 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Wright BL; Nguyen N; Shim KP; Masterson JC; Jacobsen EA; Ochkur SI; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; (2018) 'Increased GATA-3 and T-bet expression in eosinophilic esophagitis versus gastroesophageal reflux disease'. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2018 Inage E; Furuta GT; Menard-Katcher C; Masterson JC; (2018) 'Eosinophilic esophagitis: pathophysiology and its clinical implications'. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 315 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Nguyen N; Fernando SD; Biette KA; Hammer JA; Capocelli KE; Kitzenberg DA; Glover LE; Colgan SP; Furuta GT; Masterson JC; (2017) 'TGF-β1 alters esophageal epithelial barrier function by attenuation of claudin-7 in eosinophilic esophagitis'. Mucosal Immunology, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Neudecker, V; Brodsky, KS; Clambey, ET; Schmidt, EP; Packard, TA; Davenport, B; Standiford, TJ; Weng, TT; Fletcher, AA; Barthel, L; Masterson, JC; Furuta, GT; Cai, CY; Blackburn, MR; Ginde, AA; Graner, MW; Janssen, WJ; Zemans, RL; Evans, CM; Burnham, EL; Homann, D; Moss, M; Kreth, S; Zacharowski, K; Henson, PM; Eltzschig, HK (2017) 'Neutrophil transfer of miR-223 to lung epithelial cells dampens acute lung injury in mice'. Science Translational Medicine, 9 . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Whelan KA; Merves JF; Giroux V; Tanaka K; Guo A; Chandramouleeswaran PM; Benitez AJ; Dods K; Que J; Masterson JC; Fernando SD; Godwin BC; Klein-Szanto AJ; Chikwava K; Ruchelli ED; Hamilton KE; Muir AB; Wang ML; Furuta GT; Falk GW; Spergel JM; Nakagawa H; (2017) 'Autophagy mediates epithelial cytoprotection in eosinophilic oesophagitis'. Gut, 66 (7). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 Mark J; Fernando SD; Masterson JC; Pan Z; Capocelli KE; Furuta GT; de Zoeten EF; (2017) 'Clinical Implications of Pediatric Colonic Eosinophilia'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2017 McNamee, EN; Biette, KA; Hammer, J; Harris, R; Miyazawa, H; Lee, JJ; Furuta, GT; Masterson, JC (2017) 'Targeting granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor in epithelial and vascular remodeling in experimental eosinophilic esophagitis'. Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 72 :1232-1242. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Nguyen N; Furuta GT; Masterson JC; (2016) 'Deeper Than the Epithelium: Role of Matrix and Fibroblasts in Pediatric and Adult Eosinophilic Esophagitis'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 63 (2). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Lynn TM; Molloy EL; Masterson JC; Glynn SF; Costello RW; Avdalovic MV; Schelegle ES; Miller LA; Hyde DM; O'Dea S; (2016) 'SMAD Signaling in the Airways of Healthy Rhesus Macaques versus Rhesus Macaques with Asthma Highlights a Relationship Between Inflammation and Bone Morphogenetic Proteins'. American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, 54 (4). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2016 Rosenberg HF; Masterson JC; Furuta GT; (2016) 'Eosinophils, probiotics, and the microbiome'. Journal Of Leukocyte Biology, 100 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Capocelli KE; Fernando SD; Menard-Katcher C; Furuta GT; Masterson JC; Wartchow EP; (2015) 'Ultrastructural features of eosinophilic oesophagitis: impact of treatment on desmosomes'. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 68 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 McNamee EN; Masterson JC; Veny M; Collins CB; Jedlicka P; Byrne FR; Ng GY; Rivera-Nieves J; (2015) 'Chemokine receptor CCR7 regulates the intestinal TH1/TH17/Treg balance during Crohn's-like murine ileitis'. Journal Of Leukocyte Biology, 97 (6). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Masterson JC; McNamee EN; Fillon SA; Hosford L; Harris R; Fernando SD; Jedlicka P; Iwamoto R; Jacobsen E; Protheroe C; Eltzschig HK; Colgan SP; Arita M; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; (2015) 'Eosinophil-mediated signalling attenuates inflammatory responses in experimental colitis'. Gut, 64 (8). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Menard-Katcher C; Furuta GT; Masterson JC; (2015) 'Mucosal inflammation, esophageal eosinophilia, and celiac disease: a little pinch will have to do you'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 60 (4). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Victorino F; Sojka DK; Brodsky KS; McNamee EN; Masterson JC; Homann D; Yokoyama WM; Eltzschig HK; Clambey ET; (2015) 'Tissue-Resident NK Cells Mediate Ischemic Kidney Injury and Are Not Depleted by Anti-Asialo-GM1 Antibody'. Journal of Immunology, 195 (10). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Masterson JC; Capocelli KE; Hosford L; Biette K; McNamee EN; de Zoeten EF; Harris R; Fernando SD; Jedlicka P; Protheroe C; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; (2015) 'Eosinophils and IL-33 Perpetuate Chronic Inflammation and Fibrosis in a Pediatric Population with Stricturing Crohn's Ileitis'. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 21 (10). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Aherne CM; Saeedi B; Collins CB; Masterson JC; McNamee EN; Perrenoud L; Rapp CR; Curtis VF; Bayless A; Fletcher A; Glover LE; Evans CM; Jedlicka P; Furuta GT; de Zoeten EF; Colgan SP; Eltzschig HK; (2015) 'Epithelial-specific A2B adenosine receptor signaling protects the colonic epithelial barrier during acute colitis'. Mucosal Immunology, 8 (6). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Harris JK; Fang R; Wagner BD; Choe HN; Kelly CJ; Schroeder S; Moore W; Stevens MJ; Yeckes A; Amsden K; Kagalwalla AF; Zalewski A; Hirano I; Gonsalves N; Henry LN; Masterson JC; Robertson CE; Leung DY; Pace NR; Ackerman SJ; Furuta GT; Fillon SA; (2015) 'Esophageal microbiome in eosinophilic esophagitis'. PLoS ONE, 10 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Saeedi BJ; Kao DJ; Kitzenberg DA; Dobrinskikh E; Schwisow KD; Masterson JC; Kendrick AA; Kelly CJ; Bayless AJ; Kominsky DJ; Campbell EL; Kuhn KA; Furuta GT; Colgan SP; Glover LE; (2015) 'HIF-dependent regulation of claudin-1 is central to intestinal epithelial tight junction integrity'. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 26 (12). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2014 Masterson JC; McNamee EN; Hosford L; Capocelli KE; Ruybal J; Fillon SA; Doyle AD; Eltzschig HK; Rustgi AK; Protheroe CA; Lee NA; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; (2014) 'Local hypersensitivity reaction in transgenic mice with squamous epithelial IL-5 overexpression provides a novel model of eosinophilic oesophagitis'. Gut, 63 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Furuta GT; Kagalwalla AF; Lee JJ; Alumkal P; Maybruck BT; Fillon S; Masterson JC; Ochkur S; Protheroe C; Moore W; Pan Z; Amsden K; Robinson Z; Capocelli K; Mukkada V; Atkins D; Fleischer D; Hosford L; Kwatia MA; Schroeder S; Kelly C; Lovell M; Melin-Aldana H; Ackerman SJ; (2013) 'The oesophageal string test: a novel, minimally invasive method measures mucosal inflammation in eosinophilic oesophagitis'. Gut, 62 (10). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 McNamee EN; Masterson JC; Jedlicka P; Collins CB; Williams IR; Rivera-Nieves J; (2013) 'Ectopic lymphoid tissue alters the chemokine gradient, increases lymphocyte retention and exacerbates murine ileitis'. Gut, 62 (1). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Brandon JL; Schroeder S; Furuta GT; Capocelli K; Masterson JC; Fenton LZ; (2013) 'CT imaging features of eosinophilic colitis in children'. Pediatric Radiology, 43 (6). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Schroeder S; Capocelli KE; Masterson JC; Harris R; Protheroe C; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; (2013) 'Effect of proton pump inhibitor on esophageal eosinophilia'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 56 (2). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Schroeder S; Robinson ZD; Masterson JC; Hosford L; Moore W; Pan Z; Harris R; Souza RF; Spechler SJ; Fillon SA; Furuta GT; (2013) 'Esophageal human β-defensin expression in eosinophilic esophagitis'. Pediatric Research, 73 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Kagalwalla AF; Akhtar N; Woodruff SA; Rea BA; Masterson JC; Mukkada V; Parashette KR; Du J; Fillon S; Protheroe CA; Lee JJ; Amsden K; Melin-Aldana H; Capocelli KE; Furuta GT; Ackerman SJ; (2012) 'Eosinophilic esophagitis: epithelial mesenchymal transition contributes to esophageal remodeling and reverses with treatment'. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 129 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Fillon SA; Harris JK; Wagner BD; Kelly CJ; Stevens MJ; Moore W; Fang R; Schroeder S; Masterson JC; Robertson CE; Pace NR; Ackerman SJ; Furuta GT; (2012) 'Novel device to sample the esophageal microbiome--the esophageal string test'. PLoS ONE, 7 (9). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Schroeder S; Fleischer DM; Masterson JC; Gelfand E; Furuta GT; Atkins D; (2012) 'Successful treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis with ciclesonide'. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 129 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Aherne CM; Collins CB; Masterson JC; Tizzano M; Boyle TA; Westrich JA; Parnes JA; Furuta GT; Rivera-Nieves J; Eltzschig HK; (2012) 'Neuronal guidance molecule netrin-1 attenuates inflammatory cell trafficking during acute experimental colitis'. Gut, 61 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Masterson JC; McNamee EN; Jedlicka P; Fillon S; Ruybal J; Hosford L; Rivera-Nieves J; Lee JJ; Furuta GT; (2011) 'CCR3 Blockade Attenuates Eosinophilic Ileitis and Associated Remodeling'. American Journal of Pathology, 179 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Masterson, JC; Molloy, EL; Gilbert, JL; McCormack, N; Adams, A; O'Dea, S (2011) 'Bone morphogenetic protein signalling in airway epithelial cells during regeneration'. Cellular Signalling, 23 :398-406. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Masterson JC; Furuta GT; Lee JJ; (2011) 'Update on clinical and immunological features of eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases'. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology, 27 (6). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 McNamee EN; Masterson JC; Jedlicka P; McManus M; Grenz A; Collins CB; Nold MF; Nold-Petry C; Bufler P; Dinarello CA; Rivera-Nieves J; (2011) 'Interleukin 37 expression protects mice from colitis'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108 (40). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2011 Woodruff SA; Masterson JC; Fillon S; Robinson ZD; Furuta GT; (2011) 'Role of eosinophils in inflammatory bowel and gastrointestinal diseases'. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 52 (6). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2010 McNamee EN; Wermers JD; Masterson JC; Collins CB; Lebsack MD; Fillon S; Robinson ZD; Grenawalt J; Lee JJ; Jedlicka P; Furuta GT; Rivera-Nieves J; (2010) 'Novel model of TH2-polarized chronic ileitis: the SAMP1 mouse'. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 16 (5). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2008 Molloy, EL; Adams, A; Moore, JB; Masterson, JC; Madrigal-Estebas, L; Mahon, BP; O'Dea, S (2008) 'BMP4 induces an epithelial-mesenchymal transition-like response in adult airway epithelial cells'. Growth Factors, 26 :12-22. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2007 Masterson J; O'Dea S; (2007) 'Posttranslational truncation of E-cadherin and significance for tumour progression'. Cells Tissues Organs, 185 (1-3). [DOI] [Full-Text]
2007 Masterson, JC; O'Dea, S (2007) '5-Bromo-2-deoxyuridine activates DNA damage signalling responses and induces a senescence-like phenotype in p16-null lung cancer cells'. Anti-Cancer Drugs, 18 :1053-1068. [Full-Text]


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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
International Eosinophil Society Member -
British Society for Immunology Member 01/10/2019 -
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, EAACI Member 01/10/2019 -
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation America Member -
American Gastroenterological Association Member -
Irish Society of Immunology Member -
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Research Committee -
Society for Mucosal Immunology Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/09/2016 NASPGHAN William F Balistreri Prize for Excellence in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
01/02/2011 Research Fellowship Award Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
01/05/2009 Fellow Travel Award for Oral Presentation at Digestive Diseases Week American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
01/09/2016 Poster of Distinction World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
01/06/2011 Young Investigator Award International Eosinophil Society
01/10/2013 Best Poster, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Annual Meeting North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
01/09/2010 Young Investigator Award; International Summit on Fibrosis in Intestinal Inflammation Cleveland Clinic
01/06/2001 Summer Student Scholarship Health Research Board
01/09/2006 Dorothy Price Medal; Immunology Master Class NUI Maynooth
01/09/2003 Graduate Student Scholarship for the Sciences NUI Maynooth
01/02/2012 Career Development Award North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition jointly with Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America


Committee Function From / To
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition: Research Committee Member -
Department of Biology Teaching Committee Member -
Kathleen Lonsdale Institute for Human Health Research Steering Group Member -
FSE Equality Diversity Inclusion Committee Member -
Department of Biology Athena Swan Committee Member -
Irish Society for Immunology Scientific Advisory Board -
PPI Ingnite Network: Working Group on Lab-based Research Chair -
Maynooth Univeristy Animal Research Management Committee Member -
Department of Biology Research Committee Member -


Employer Position From / To
Maynooth University Assistant Professor 01/01/2018 - 31/10/2020
Maynooth University Associate Professor & Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Future Research Leader Awardee 01/10/2020 -
University of Colorado Denver Instructor (Faculty) & NASPGHAN / Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation America – Career Development Fellow 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2015
University of Colorado Denver Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation America Postdoctoral Research Fellow 30/06/2008 - 30/09/2011
University of Colorado Denver Adjoint Assistant Professor 01/01/2018 -
University of Colorado Denver Assistant Professor & National Institute of Health - Career Development Fellow 01/10/2015 - 31/12/2017


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
American Gastroenterological Association Academic Skills Academic Skills
Maynooth University BSc Biology Major, Mathematics Minor
Maynooth University PhD Biology
University of Colorado Academy of Medical Educators Academic Leadership Skills for Women in Science and Medicine Academic Leadership Skills


Client Description
Pharma SME Provided expert scientific consulting on pre-clinical studies

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology Member of the Editorial Board -

Outreach Activities

Organisation Type Description
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation America Civic Society Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation America, Patient Education Meeting; Rockie Mountain Chapter. 2011, 2012
Maynooth University Civic Society FSE Department Research Talk for STEM second level teachers and students
American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders Civic Society American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders; 2014 Annual Patient Conference APFED Patient & Family Webinars, 2022

Teaching Interests

I teach Molecular Biology of the Cell (BI210) and Applied Immunology (BI418/BI606).
I am the MAP Academic Advisor for the Department of Biology.

Current Students

Student Name Degree Supervision

External Collaborators

Name Role Country
Claire Donohoe, MD, Consultant, St. James' Hospital Dublin Clinical Collaborator Ireland
Seamus Hussey, MD, Consultant, Childrens Health Ireland, Crumlin Clinical Collaborator Ireland
Sean P. Colgan, PhD Research collaborator United States
Glenn T Furuta, MD Clinical and research collaborator United States