1991 DSc Microbiology and Molecular Biology, National University of Ireland.
1974: PhD Microbiology - specialization in Molecular Biology and Genetics, National University of Ireland, Galway. 1971: BSc (Hons), Major in Microbiology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Research interests centre on understanding the molecular basis of microbe-host interactions. Functional genomic and molecular-microbial ecology technologies are being applied to dissecting pathogen-host interactions in medical microbiology and plant-bacterial interactions applied to environmental biotechnology in sustainable agriculture and biofuel crops. Molecular and functional genomic approaches are also being applied to understand the role of marine microorganisms in ecosystem function. Additionally, we are exploiting marine-derived bioactive components for biotechnological applications.