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Professor Niall Barron


Niall Barron

Professor Of Biochemical Engineering
School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
01 716 1895
University College Dublin, School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4


Niall Barron obtained a BA(Mod) in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and PhD in Applied Microbiology/Biochemistry from the University of Ulster in 1997. He spent three years at Baylor College of Medicine in Dr.Bert O'Malley's lab as a postdoctoral scientist working on genome engineering strategies to study nuclear steroid receptor function. He then returned to Ireland to work with Prof.Martin Clynes on stem cell engineering at the National Cell and Tissue Culture Centre in DCU. Subsequently, as a senior scientist in the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), he was instrumental in growing the mammalian cell engineering group with a specific focus on the production of recombinant therapeutic proteins. He was Director of NICB from 2015 until 2017 and was a member of academic staff in the School of Biotechnology in DCU. He was appointed Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering in UCD and NIBRT Principal Investigator in 2017.


  • Postdoc
    Baylor College of Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Houston, TX, United States15 Sep 1997 - 15 Sep 2000
  • Research Scientist
    Dublin City University, National Cell and Tissue Culture Centre1 Oct 2000 - 1 Feb 2007
  • Program Leader
    Dublin City University, National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology2 Feb 2007 - 1 Sep 2014
  • Director of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology
    Dublin City University1 Aug 2015 - 30 Jun 2017
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer
    Dublin City University1 Dec 2014 - 30 Jun 2017
  • Principal Investigator
    National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, NIBRT, Ireland1 Jul 2017


  • BA (Mod)
    Trinity College Dublin
  • DPhil
    University of Ulster