Biography

Dr O'Grady gained his B.Sc. in Microbiology, his M.Sc. (Res) in infectious diseases molecular diagnostics and his Ph.D. in molecular diagnosis of bacterial pathogens in food all at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).  He stayed at NUIG for his first post-doc, continuing his food microbiology research. This was followed by a two year stint in industry (Beckman Coulter) developing real-time PCR based molecular diagnostics assays for infectious diseases including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Dr O’Grady then returned to academia, taking up a post-doc position at University College London on TB diagnostics. In January 2013 he was appointed Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at UEA and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2016. His research continues to focus on the molecular diagnosis of pathogens with the aim of translating this research broadly, in different sectors and diseases, to maximise community/patient benefit.

Career

  • 2006-2008      Postdoctoral Researcher at the National University of Ireland Galway
  • 2008-2010      Research Scientist at Beckman Coulter
  • 2010-2011      Research Associate at University College London
  • 2011-2012      Senior Research Associate at University College London
  • 2013-2016      Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at UEA
  • 2016-Present   Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology at UEA

Academic Background

  • 1994-1998   B.Sc. in Microbiology, National University of Ireland Galway
  • 1998-2000   M.Sc. (Res) in infectious diseases molecular diagnostics, National University of Ireland Galway
  • 2003-2007   Ph.D. in the molecular diagnosis of Listeria species in food, National University of Ireland Galway

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