IMSS Committee 2021

Experienced Application Chemist with a demonstrated history of working in the biotechnology industry. Skilled in Method Development, Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS), ICP-MS, Validation, GC-MS, and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). Strong research professional with a PhD via the Employment Based Postgraduate Programme scholarship funded by the Irish Research Council. Currently managing a high throughput analytical lab while incorporating project management techniques. 

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Dr. Patrick Ward

European Applications Manager


Patrick has been chair of the IMSS since 2019. He has been responsible for the launch of one IMSS meeting in 2019 in NIBRT, UCD. This conference served to re-ignite interest in Mass Spectrometry across Ireland. On the back of this success Patrick is to remain chair for the upcoming virtual IMSS conference in 2021 where he will continue to deliver a dynamic and lively event showcasing the best of Mass Spectrometry in Ireland. It is the aim of the IMSS to be a truly all-Ireland community and represent the activities and interests within industry and academia alike. Join us at our 2021 meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Chair 2019-2021

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Dr. Edel Mullen

Associate Director

Horizon Therapeutics

A PhD biochemist with extensive pharmaceutical industry experience in analytical/process development, process analytical technology,  documentation/management. Edel has extensive experience in R&D, Biopharmaceutics, DMPK, API and working in regulated environments (both in Ireland and in the USA). This has given her a broad skill-set around LCMS method development, and maintenance allowing her to find solutions to complex problems.  Her analytical tooolkit of techniques includes, SEC, HILIC, RP, CEX, CGE, iCE as well as LC-MS and LC/MS/MS. Edel is currently the Associate Director for Horizon Therapeutics.

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Conor Noone B.Sc

Chemist III

The State Laboratory

Conor graduated from Dublin institute of technology in 2015 with a Bsc. In Forensic and Environmental Chemistry. Since 2016 Conor has worked at the national reference laboratory for persistent organic pollutants in food and animal feed, located at the State Laboratory Backweston. 

Conors' area of expertise is in the use and method development of high resolution Mass Spectrometry, specifically high resolution double focusing magnetic sector mass spectrometers. He joined the IMSS in 2018, and has acted as treasurer since.

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Dr. Diego Cobice

Director of MS

Ulster University

Dr. Cobice has been in the field of Mass Spectrometry for more than 20 years. He obtained his BSc in Medicinal Chemistry in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He then headed-up the MS facility at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, Argentina. From there he relocated to Edinburgh to pursue a MSc in applied MS, specifically, Mass Spectrometry Imaging or MSI. He continued at Edinburgh to complete his PhD in MSI. Dr Corbice then re-located once more to work as a Senior Research Scientist in AstraZeneca Cambridge, UK using MSI. He is currently the Director of the Mass Spectrometry Centre at the Biomedical Research Institute at Ulster University, where he continues to use MSI in his research.

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Dr. John Bradley

Senior Analyst


Initially educated/trained as a Protein Biochemist, John transitioned to working as a Forensic Toxicologist in the MBRS, UCD, where he has been for the last 8 years. In his role as toxicologist he is responsible for performing routine analysis of drugs of abuse from blood/urine samples provided by An Garda Síochána. This analysis is largely LCMS based and focuses on small molecule MS. He has extensive troubleshooting experience with QQQ MS instruments, aswell as experience in Matrix Effects studies, Sample Preparation, HPLC and working to ISO-17025. John joined the IMSS in 2019 and is responsible for designing/managing the website.

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Prof. Lorraine Brennan

School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD

Professor Lorraine Brennan (UCD) leads a research team at the forefront of nutrition and metabolomics research. She is involved in a number of European consortia such as FoodBall and SusFood.  Professor Brennan was a member of the EU Food2030 expert group and is currently Editor in Chief of Nutrition and Metabolism and Associate Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. She has published over 170 research articles.  She has an active Outreach programme engaging with the local community in areas relating to Food and Nutrition.

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Dr. Susan Joyce

APC Microbiome Institute UCC

Dr. Susan Joyce is a lecturer in Biochemistry at UCC and Head of Mass Spectrometry at the APC Faculty, UCC. Her research focuses on host microbe interactions relevant to the gut. Mass spectrometry plays an essential role in her research activities, allowing her to address diverse topics such as antibiotic characterization, cell signalling, bacterial statin utilization, and the role of steroids in health and disease. Her team specializes in  developing MS based solutions to understanding microbial/metabolic interrelated processes. She has developed system biology approaches for analysis of large "omics" datasets relating to the microbiome/metabolite/host setting. 

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Prof. Stephen Pennington

President of Human Proteome Organization

Steve is a Professor of Proteomics in the Conway Institute (UCD).  His team's current research and development efforts are focused on bringing protein biomarkers to clinical utility and value. He is currently President of HUPO and following the cancellation of the HUPO 2020 Congress in Stockholm, he chaired a virtual organising committee to produce and deliver a highly successful HUPO2020 Connect virtual Congress that had 1,000 delegates.

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Dr. Jonathan Bones

Principal Investogator 


Dr. Bones obtained his BSc in Analytical Science (Chemistry) and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from DCU. Currently working as a PI in NIBRT, Jonathan has previously worked in Northeastern University in Boston, USA. His research activities have been internationally recognised being in the top 100 most influential scientists in the field of biopharmaceutical manufacturing and analysis.

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Dr. Mike Kinsella

Lecturer in Science


Dr. Mike Kinsella holds a PhD in Organic & Analytical Chemistry from WIT. He completed a postdoc in UCC, developing methods for QQQ LCMS and TOF LCMS instruments. He re-joined WIT in 2013 where he managed two large EU funded projects before commencing a lecturing role teaching the pharmaceutical science program there. His research interests are in sustainable organic synthesis, catalysis, biocatalysts and analytical chemistry supporting novel research.

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Prof. Kieran Kilcawley

Principal Research Officer


Prof Kieran Kilcawley is a Principal Research Officer in the Department of Food Quality and Sensory Science at the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Cork, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Food and Nutritional Science at UCC, Ireland. The main focus of his research is the flavour of foods and beverages with a focus on dairy products. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Dairy Research, a member of the RSC, the American Dairy Science Association and the International Dairy Federation. He has published 87 peer reviewed publications and 16 book chapters.

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Dr. Paula Meleady

Associate Director


Dr. Paula Meleady is a Principal Investigator and Associate Director at the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), DCU. She holds a PhD in Cell Biology from DCU. She leads the Proteomics MS Core Facility at the NICB, which is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for protein MS applications. Her research interests are on the application of advanced proteomic and MS based methods to understand biological systems. Specifically, the characterisation of recombinant mammalian cell lines in order to gain insights to improving the efficiency of biopharmaceutical production. She's also interested in clinical proteomics, relating to uveal melanoma and pancreatic cancer.