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Professor Geraldine Butler


Geraldine Butler

Full Professor
School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
01 716 6885
University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Conway Institute Belfield Dublin 4


Geraldine Butler (BA (Mod) 1984, PhD 1989) is Professor of Genetics in the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, and a Principal Investigator in the Conway Institute. Her group studies factors controlling virulence in pathogenic fungi, in particular identifying the regulatory pathways controlling the growth of biofilms of Candida parapsilosis on medical devices; investigating the response of pathogenic yeast to hypoxia; and characterising the role of specific yeast transcription factors in virulence in animal models. Her lab uses a combination of next generation sequencing, comparative genomics and evolutionary biology approaches. Her publications are available on Google Scholar. The Butler group is a participant in the Horizon 2020 OPATHY International Training Network, 'From Omics to Patient: Improving Diagnostics of Pathogenic Yeasts'. Prof Butler serves as academic editor for the journals PLoS Genetics, mSphere and Scientific Reports, and she has previously been an editor of PLoS One. She regularly reviews submissions to international journals and research agencies, and she has participated in assessment panels for the Medical Research Council (UK) and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France). She is Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Aberdeen. Prof Butler is an active teacher. She led the introduction of the single honours degree in Genetics in UCD in 2006, and acted as Head of Subject until 2017. She contributes to teaching in 6 undergraduate modules. She is director of the Wellcome Trust funded PhD Programme in Computational Infection Biology. Prof Butler was elected Fellow of the Society of Biology in 2011, and member of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in 2015. She was elected to the council of the RIA in 2016, and she sat on the assessment board for the US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards. Brief CV 1980-1984 BA (Mod) in Genetics, First class Honours, Trinity College Dublin 1984-1989 PhD, Genetics, Trinity College Dublin. 1989-1991 Thurneau Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 1992-2002 College Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, UCD 2000 Visiting fellow, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 2002-2006 Senior Lecturer, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD 2006-2012 Associate Professor, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD2012-present, Professor, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD 2011- Director, Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Computational Infection Biology. Butler Lab Web Page | Candida Gene Order Browser | Keywords: Candida, genomics, evolution, transcriptomics, gene expression, biofilms, Conway, genetics


  • Associate Professor of Genetics
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2006
  • Senior Lecturer
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2002 - 31 Aug 2006
  • Visiting Research Scientist
    University of New South Wales30 Dec 1999
  • College Lecturer
    University College Dublin30 Dec 1999
  • Thurneau Research Fellow
    University of Michigan30 Dec 1999


  • BA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin