Dr Sharon Glynn is a Senior Lecturer in Pathology at NUI Galway. Her research involves investigating the impact of inflammation on the tumour microenvironment and its role in driving tumour progression, using a combination of in vitro 2D and 3D models, coupled with molecular epidemiological patient studies.
Dr Glynn’s research is focused on understanding the temporal impact aberrant tumour redox and inflammation on the tumour microenvironment during the development and treatment of cancer. In particular identifying differences in tumour microenvironment interactions and remodelling that occur in responders versus non-responders. This will allow us improve on patient classification and assignment to the most appropriate treatment strategy for their tumour. Targets of interest include inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2) and the human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs).
Dr Glynn received her PhD in 2003 from Dublin City University. She was an All-Ireland NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the US from 2006-2010. She was recruited to NUI Galway in 2010 as Director of Laboratory Research for the Prostate Cancer Institute, and appointed as Lecturer Above the Bar in Pathology in 2015 with promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2020. Dr Glynn’s research has led to collaborations with researchers at the US National Cancer Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital, Emory University, the Danish Cancer Institute, InProTher, University of Westminster and University of Brighton, in addition to colleagues at Queens University Belfast, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and CÚRAM, NUI Galway.
Dr Glynn has supervised numerous undergraduate and postgraduate research student projects, has published 55 articles in internationally peer-reviewed publications and holds a US patent (Licensed). She has received numerous grants from the Galway University Foundation, Breast Cancer Now and the Irish Cancer Society, and holds a Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Award, and a LifeTimeCDT PhD project. Dr Glynn is also the current Chair of the School of Medicine Research Committee.
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