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Dr Catherine Mooney


Catherine Mooney

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Computer Science
School of Computer Science
01 716 2917
University College Dublin, School of Computer Science, Comp Science and Informatics Belfield Dublin 4


I joined the School of Computer Science in UCD as Assistant Professor in October 2016. Previously, I was a Research Fellow in Prof David Henshall's epilepsy research group in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, working to identify biomarkers of epilepsy and neonatal seizures. This work was funded by an SFI Advance Award in collaboration with the SFI Research Centre INFANT. Through my research to date, I have created a distinct niche in the biomarker field tackling important challenges including how to combine cutting-edge computational and biomedical techniques to efficiently integrate multiple data types into a single biomarker. Prior to RCSI, I worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher on an SFI funded TIDA under Dr Aidan Meade, DIT, on cancer biomarker discovery. In August 2013 I completed a four-year postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical bioinformatics with Prof Denis Shields, School of Medicine and Medical Science, UCD, where I developed web servers for short linear motif and peptide property prediction ( The software I developed has been utilised in collaborations with industry, including the Enterprise Ireland-funded industry-academia partnership with the Irish food industry, Food for Health Ireland (FHI), and through data analysis work carried out for a US-based cosmetics company. I completed my PhD in Protein Structure Prediction using Bidirectional Recurrent Neural Networks (BRNN) under the supervision of Dr Gianluca Pollastri in the School of Computer Science, UCD.


  • BSc
    Trinity College Dublin
  • Certificate
    Griffith College Dublin IRL
  • PhD
    University College Dublin
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin