Dr Michelle Kilcoyne

Dr Michelle Kilcoyne

Investigator

Dr Michelle Kilcoyne is a Lecturer Above The Bar in Glycosciences at NUI Galway. Dr Kilcoyne has had a significant contribution in establishing the Glycoscience Group at NUI Galway.

 As part of her work Dr Kilcoyne has developed lectin and glycan microarray platforms, the first and only Irish one to date. These arrays have been used for profiling cells in disease states, bacteria, and glycoproteins. She has also developed and published a mammalian mucin microarray platform for studying bacterial-host interactions in the gut, an international first (Kilcoyne, et al., Anal. Chem., 2012), as well as having developed a mammalian lectin microarray platform for studying of receptor interactions (presented at EuroCarb 17, Tel Aviv, July 2013; Peres-da Silva, et al., Sci. Rep., 2015). In addition, Dr Kilcoyne has identified novel surface markers to allow cell types of the intervertebral disc to be distinguished (presented at Symposium of AO Exploratory Research, Davos, Switzerland, September 2013; Collin, et al., Sci. Rep., 2016). She has taken part in an international project comparing glycan microarray platform performance across laboratories. Other work includes the profiling of neuronal cell surface glycosylation alterations during injury and repair strategies.

Dr Kilcoyne completed her PhD in Organic Chemistry in the National University of Ireland, Galway (2004) before taking a post-doctoral position in Arizona State University. Michelle returned to NUI Galway in 2007 where she joined the Alimentary Glycosciences Research Cluster, SFI-Strategic Research Cluster, and EU-PF7 funded consortium GlycoHIT. Michelle is associated with a number of patent applications and is involved with a number of industrial collaborations. Michelle is a reviewer for a number of international scientific journals including Analytical Chemistry, PLoS ONE, Carbohydrate Research, and Lab on a Chip.