Dr Naomi Walsh

Dr Naomi Walsh

Senior Council Member

 

Dr. Naomi Walsh completed her PhD in Cancer Research from Dublin City University in 2008, and was awarded outstanding graduate researcher award from DCU’s Faculty of Science & Health. She also holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University College Dublin. She conducted her post-doctoral research as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, USA. Upon her return to Ireland in 2015, Dr. Walsh held the HRB/Irish Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Fellow in the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology, DCU. Subsequently, she received a Science Foundation Ireland Starter Investigator Research Grant (2016-2020) and established her research group. In 2017, she was awarded the Irish Cancer Society researcher of the year.

Dr. Walsh’s current research is focused on developing organotypic 3D cancer models to define and validate the biological consequences of genomic variants of pancreatic cancer. Her research aims to understand the development of pancreatic cancer, to uncover markers for early detection and to identify those at high risk of pancreatic cancer.
Other interests include understanding the tumour diversity caused by genomic alterations which contributes to cancer resistance to chemotherapy and molecular targeted therapies in breast and melanoma. Her lab uses genomic and functional NGS approaches to identify the mechanisms of genomic and immunological diversity to develop prognostic/predictive signatures and therapeutic strategies to overcome treatment resistance.

3D mammosphere culture of breast epithelial cell line MCF10A.

Courtesy of Dr. Emer Bourke, NUI Galway.

Phospho-Akt expression and localisation

Mediated by VEGF in A549 lung cancer cells
Visualised by high content image analysis.

Courtesy of Dr Martin Barr, Clinical Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

Metaphase chromosome spread of Jurkat T-lymphoma cells

Courtesy of Rebecca Gorry, PhD Student, Mc Gee Lab, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD  

Apoptosis assessment of SKMES-1 lung cancer cells

Using a multiparameter apoptosis staining kit, showing cell nuclei (blue), actin (green) and mitochondrial activity (orange).

Courtesy of Dr Martin Barr, Clinical Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

HeLa Cells

Courtesy of Rebecca Gorry, PhD Student, Mc Gee Lab, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD

55th Annual Conference 2019

20 — 22 February 2019 at Europa Hotel, Belfast

Mitotic Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia K562 Cells

Courtesy of Rebecca Gorry, PhD Student, Mc Gee Lab, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD

Cell to Cell Tweeting

Via nanoparticles (red) in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) 

Courtesy of Sinéad Lindsay, UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland.

Confocal microscopy analysis

Of phospho-Akt expression in H460 lung cancer cells in response to hypoxia (0.5% O2).

Courtesy of Dr Martin Barr, Clinical Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor, St James’s Hospital & Trinity College Dublin

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