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Professor Jeremy Simpson


Jeremy Simpson

Full Professor Of Cell Biology
School of Biology and Environmental Science
01 716 2345
University College Dublin, School of Biology and Environmental Science, Science Centre - West Belfield Dublin 4


Jeremy Simpson carried out his PhD work at the University of Warwick (UK), working on trafficking of protein toxins in mammalian cells under the supervision of Profs. Mike Lord and Lynne Roberts. After post-doctoral work at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego (USA) in the lab of Dr. Bill Balch and the ICRF in London (UK) in the lab of Dr. Rainer Pepperkok, he was awarded a long term EMBO fellowship allowing him to move to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg (Germany). For over 9 years he worked at EMBL developing and applying novel high-throughput imaging approaches to study protein localisation and membrane traffic. In 2008 he was appointed as Professor of Cell Biology at University College Dublin, Ireland. His lab currently applies high-throughput imaging technologies to study trafficking between the ER and Golgi complex, the internalisation pathways taken by synthetic nanoparticles on exposure to cells, and how cells responds to cellular exposure to nanomaterials and nanosurfaces. He is currently a funded investigator as part of the CURAM SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices ( His lab also develops novel software tools for image analysis. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, including articles in Nature Cell Biology and Nature Methods, and a number of book chapters. He is a Fellow of the UCD Conway Institute and runs the UCD Cell Screening Laboratory ( Additional academic roles within UCD include Head of Subject for the Cell and Molecular Biology Programme, and is currently Vice Principal (International) within the UCD College of Science. Between January 2014 and August 2019 he also also served as Head of the School of Biology and Environmental Science.


  • Vice Principal (International)
    University College Dublin, College of Science, Dublin, Ireland1 Dec 2011
  • Head of Subject, Cell & Molecular Biology
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland1 Aug 2012
  • Head of School
    University College Dublin, School of Biology & Environmental Science, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2014 - 31 Aug 2019


  • Full Professor of Cell Biology
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 May 2008
  • Research Scientist
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany1 Feb 2001 - 30 Apr 2008
  • EMBO Post-doctoral Fellow
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany1 Feb 1999 - 31 Jan 2001


  • BSc
    University of Warwick
  • PhD
    University of Warwick


  • English
    Can speak
  • French
    Can speak
  • German
    Can read, speak and understand