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Eamonn Gormley

School of Veterinary Medicine
01 716 6073
University College Dublin, School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science Centre Belfield Dublin 4

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Eamonn has worked at UCD since 1998 on tuberculosis in cattle and wildlife. He completed his degree and PhD in the Genetics Dept at Trinity College Dublin specialising in bacterial genetics. From there he carried out Post-doctoral work for three years at the Pasteur Institute in Paris working firstly on listeriosis and then on horizontal gene transfer between microbes. From 1991-1998 he worked at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand researching into the immune responses of cattle vaccinated with BCG. He returned to Ireland to lead a research program aimed at the development of a vaccine against tuberculosis for use in badgers. This project is carried out on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM), as part of the national strategy to eradicate tuberculosis from the national herd. He also directs the Tuberculosis Diagnostics and Immunology Research Centre at UCD which carries out IFN-g testing on the national herd as part of the DAFM tuberculosis program. He is involved in several national and international studies on tuberculosis in cattle, wildlife and humans and have active collaborations with groups in the US, South Africa, EU and New Zealand. In recent years he has become involved in studies using -omic technologies to investigate bovine host responses to infection with M. bovis. One of the key objectives of this work is to identify genetic signatures of disease resistance and / or biomarkers for improved diagnostic tests. With the ongoing work on wildlife vaccination his lab hopes to be in a position in the next few years to apply the results of these studies to the national bTB control campaign, to facilitate the eradication of the disease from cattle and wildlife.