Track 1 | Biology of molecules, cells and tissues | Trinity College Dublin, IRL
Professor O’Neill was educated at Trinity College Dublin where he was awarded an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) in 1985. He completed his postgraduate study at the University of London where he was awarded a PhD in Pharmacology Following his PhD, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Strangeways Research Laboratory in Cambridge.
O’Neill’s research investigates inflammation. He has worked on the innate immune system, which lies at the heart of inflammation. He has made pioneering discoveries in the area of metabolic reprogramming in immunity and immunometabolism. He is using his findings to help in the effort to develop novel anti-inflammatory medicines.
O’Neill was awarded the Royal Dublin Society & The Irish Times, Robert Boyle Medal, for scientific excellence in 2009, the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal for Life Sciences in 2012 and the European Federation of Immunology Societies (EFIS) Medal in 2014. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in 2004 and the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) in 2005. O’Neill was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2016.