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Assoc Professor Tara McMorrow

Assoc Professor

Tara McMorrow

Associate Professor

School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

BIO

Tara McMorrow (BSc, PhD, Grad Dip UTL, ERT) is an associate professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Conway Research Fellow. She graduated from University College Galway in 1995 with an Enterprise Ireland funded PhD in molecular biology. She subsequently undertook an EU post-doctoral fellowship at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in Cell Biology and Genetics, under Professor Frank Grosveld. She was awarded a Conway Research Fellowship in 2001 in Pharmacology in UCD and was appointed lecturer in Pharmacology in 2005. She is currently the Associate Dean of Science in the UCD College of Science. She is also director of the UCD Centre for Toxicology (https://toxicology.ucd.ie/). Her research focus is in the area of toxicology and the development of alternatives methods in toxicity testing. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications, reviews for numerous international journals and grant funding agencies, and has been an invited speaker at several conferences. She has also been on the organizing committees of several international conferences in Ireland, including the ERCSG2016 and ICOH2018. Tara is actively involved in teaching to undergraduate students in Science, Medicine and Nursing as well as graduate students in Toxicology, Regulatory Affairs, Biotechnology, Occupational Health and Safety. She completed a graduate diploma in university teaching and learning in 2013 and has won several teaching awards. She was also the Curriculum Review and Enhancement Project Champion for graduate taught programmes in the College of Science from 2015-2017, as part of the university review project. She is the academic director of graduate and continuing professional development programmes in Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs, and was previously the academic director of the graduate programmes in Biotechnology and Business in the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. She is also a European and Irish Registered toxicologist (ERT&RTI)and provides expert reports and consultations in all areas of toxicology regulatory affairs. She is a member of the Irish Society of Toxicology and was previously President of the IST from 2016-2018. She is also currently an expert member of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Chemical Safety sub-committee. She has been a member of the European Society of Toxicologists since 2013 and is also currently a member of the EUROTOX Education Sub-committee.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Dean of Science
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2019
  • Vice Principal Research, Innovation and Impact, College of Science
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandApr 2018 - Sep 2019
  • Curriculum Review Project Champion Taught Graduate Programmes, College of Science
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandSep 2015 - Aug 2017

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • Associate Professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Ireland1 Jan 2016
  • Director of MSc and CPD Programmes in Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, IrelandSep 2014
  • Director of UCD Centre For Toxicology
    University College Dublin, Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, IrelandSep 2014
  • Head of Research, Innovation and Impact
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, IrelandSep 2015 - Mar 2018
  • Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, IrelandSep 2014 - Jan 2016
  • Head of Taught Graduate Programmes
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, IrelandSep 2011 - Aug 2014
  • Director of MSc Programmes in Biotechnology and Biotechnology & Business
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, IrelandSep 2011 - Aug 2014
  • Lecturer in Pharmacology
    University College Dublin, School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Ireland1 Jan 2005 - 1 Jan 2014
  • DMMC Senior Research Fellow
    Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Department of Pharmacology, Conway Institute, UCD., IrelandSep 2002 - Aug 2005
  • Conway Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Department of Pharmacology, Conway Institute, IrelandMay 2000 - Aug 2002
  • Enterprise Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    University College Dublin, Department of Medical Microbiology, Biotechnology Centre, IrelandSep 1998 - Apr 2000
  • EU Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Department of Cell Biology, NetherlandsSep 1995 - Aug 1998

DEGREES

  • GDip
    University College Dublin
  • BSc
    NUI Galway IRL
  • PhD
    NUI Galway IRL

CERTIFICATIONS

  • ERT
    Federation of European Toxicologists and European Societies of Toxicology EUROTOX2013
    European Registered Toxicologist ERT
  • IRT
    Irish Register of Toxicologists1 Jan 2013
    Irish Registered Toxicologist IRT