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Professor Brendan Loftus


Brendan Loftus

Full Professor Of Comparative Genomics
School of Medicine
01 716 6718
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Conway Institute Belfield Dublin 4


My research publications can be viewed at Google Scholar ( of May 2016 from Google Scholar 53 Peer reviewed publications, H index-36 total citations 12,290I am an SFI professor in Host-pathogen interactions at the Conway Institute and the Director of Genomics at the Conway Institute where we run an Illumina based high throughput sequencing facility. I have been a PI on an Science foundation Ireland (SFI) funded research cluster in reproductive biology which has been funded for 5 years.HistoryProf Loftus completed a PhD in the molecular biology of Prion disease in UCD in 1996. He then went on to work as a post-doc in what is now the J. Craig Venter Institute on the human genome project. He then went on to work in the Bioinformatics department as an analyst on a variety of bacterial genome projects and HMM based protein classification projects. He subsequently joined the faculty leading the publication of both the amoebal pathogen Entamoeba histolytica and the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans in Nature and Science respectively. He has also worked on genome projects for both the malaria and dengue virus vectors Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti published in both Science and Nature. Overall, publications involving Prof Loftus have been cited over 12,000 times and have received widespread media attention. In 2007 Prof Loftus returned to Ireland after receiving an SFI research professorship in host response to intracellular pathogens.


  • BSc
    Dublin City University (DCU) IRL
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • Prof Dip University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin