Professor Ursular Fearon in her lab. Photo by Trevor Butterworth

New Research

The Mystery of Innate Immunity to COVID

A collaboration between TBSI and St. James led by Trinity Professor of Comparative Immunology, Cliona O’Farrelly, is part of a global project to understand why some people don’t get COVID. Here, Professor O’Farrelly talks explains the background to the research and its connection to the Anti D scandal, when hundreds of Irish women were infected with hepatitis C in the 1970s.

By Trevor Butterworth


Three TBSI Researchers Recognized as “Pioneers in their fields over the last decade” in  Annual Citation Survey

David Loane, Assistant Professor in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology.

Padraic Fallon, Professor of Translational Immunology in Trinity’s School of Medicine.

Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry in Trinity’s School of Biochemistry and Immunology, based in TBSI.

Professor O’Neill is ranked twice for citations in two separate categories. Overall, seven academics from Trinity were recognized. Read the college press release here

Scientific Illustration

Illustrating the Innate Immune Response to SARS-CoV-2

By Tianai Lou, Cliona O’Farrelly, and Trevor Butterworth

Recent Events

The Trinity COVID-19 Project and INITIATE collaborated on three live events over Facebook and YouTube for European Researcher’s Night on Friday Sept 24. You can watch a recording of the events here.

Professor Ursular Fearon in her lab. Photo by Trevor Butterworth


Laying the Foundation for Innovation in Immunology

TSBI collaborates in a pan-European programme to train the next generation of viral immunometabolism experts

By Aisling Cameron

Professor Ursular Fearon in her lab. Photo by Trevor Butterworth

New Research

The Eureka Chain

Subtle changes in the membrane of a bacterial cell could help it evade the immune system; a new paper from TBSI researchers in Nature Communications explains its molecular structure and function

By Trevor Butterworth

Professor Ursular Fearon in her lab. Photo by Trevor Butterworth

New Research

Research Breakthrough May Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis

Collaboration between Molecular Rheumatology, Trinity Biomedical Science Institute and St. Vincent’s University Hospital seeks to identify people at risk of developing the disease

By Trevor Butterworth

Science Communication

Behind the Lab Coat

Conceived in lockdown, Dr Megan Hanlon’s podcast illuminates the lives of Irish scientists

By Aisling Cameron

From the Academic Director

A Message from the Academic Director

By Professor Kingston Mills

From the Operations Manager

TBSI has a Golden Opportunity

New Operations Manager sets out his vision for TBSI

By Trevor Butterworth


NMR Spectrometry in TBSI

Lower access costs to broaden user base and encourage more experimentation

By Dr Keith Alden 

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