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Dr Hilary Cassidy

Dr

Hilary Cassidy

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science
0860873074
University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

BIO

For my undergraduate studies I completed a BSc Toxicology in Athlone Institute of Technology and subsequently a BSc Biochemistry and Biotechnology from Dublin Institute of Technology. I spent two years working in Uppsala university researching viral microRNA expression by HPV16. This led me to undertake a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology under the supervision of Dr Tara McMorrow and Prof. Michael Ryan (School of Biomoloecular and Biomedical Science, Conway Institute, UCD). My PhD focused on the identification of novel urinary biomarkers of chronic allograft nephropathy and employed in vitro studies and clinical samples, proteomics and metabolomics to identify novel biomarkers for disease onset and progression. Following on from this I was awarded the Baxter Newman Fellowship, which focused on the identification of novel protein and micrRNA biomarkers of diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy), both in vitro and in a diabetic nephropathy clinical urinary cohort. I joined SBI in as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016, under the supervision of David Gomez. My work is part of the exciting SmartNanoTox project, a horizon 2020 project which focuses determining the toxicity of inhaled nanoparticles and establishing a system for classing new nanoparticles based on their ability to produce the pathway-relevant key event. My particular role in the project is the identification of composition of the protein corona of each nanoparticle through mass spectrometry. It is thought that the composition of this "protein cloak" is central to the overall toxicity of a nanoparticle and it is hoped that by gaining a more in-depth understanding of the protein content of this corona we can identify properties of concern for new nanomaterials, thus helping to reduce the need for blanket toxicity testing and extensive animal testing in the future.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Postdoctoral Researcher II
    University College Dublin, Systems Biology Ireland, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2018 - 31 Jul 2019
  • Postdoctoral Researcher I
    University College Dublin, Systems Biology Ireland, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2016 - 1 Sep 2018
  • Baxter Newman Fellow
    University College Dublin, Conway Institute, Dublin, Ireland3 Feb 2014 - 31 Jul 2016

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Assistant Professor in Toxicology and Pharmacology
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2019
  • Specialist Lecturer
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2012 - 31 May 2019
  • Specialist Lecturer in Toxicology and Pharmacology
    Dublin Technology University, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2014

NON-ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Consultant Toxicologist
    Conway Institute / Martin Biotech Ltd, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, UCD, Dublin, Ireland1 May 2013 - 28 Feb 2014
  • Molecular Biology Research Scientist
    Dublin Institute of Technology/ Uppsala University Sweden, Uppsala, Sweden1 May 2006 - 1 Oct 2008
  • Diagnostic Technician in Manufacturing, Testing & Quality Assurance to Manufacturing Team Lead
    Abbott Ireland Diagnostic Division, Finisklin, Sligo, Ireland1 May 2003 - 30 Sep 2004
  • Structural Biology Research Scientist
    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Buffalo, United States1 May 2001 - 31 Oct 2001
  • Structural Biology Research Scientist
    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Buffalo, United States1 May 2002 - 31 Oct 2002

DEGREES

  • MSc
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Research Supervisor Support & Development Programme
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Feb 2019
  • QQI Project Management Certificate (FETAC Level 6)
    QQI, Dublin, Ireland1 Feb 2019
  • University Teaching & Learning Practice for postdocs certificate
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland7 Jan 2019
  • Research Integrity Certificate
    Epigeum / Oxford University Press (United Kingdom), Oxford, United Kingdom3 Dec 2018
  • Basics of European Regulatory Affairs
    The Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA)1 Jan 2016
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certification
    ICON Firecrest, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2015
  • Health Information Training Systems (HITS)
    St Vincent's Hospital Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2015

LANGUAGES

  • German
    Can read, write and speak