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Barry Boland, PhD

University College Cork

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Barry Boland, PhD
Cork, Ireland

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University College Cork



I received my B.Sc. degree in Pharmacology from University College Dublin in 1999 and a PhD in Physiology from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. During my PhD studies, I developed a keen interest in the role of dysfunctional catabolism in neurodegenerative diseases. As a Wellcome Trust postdoctoral fellow, I first trained with Dr. Ralph Nixon at the Nathan Kline Institute, New York University (2003-2005), with whom I identified hallmarks of impaired autophagic flux in neurons affected by Alzheimer's disease. I then trained with Prof. Frances Platt at the Pharmacology Dept., University of Oxford (2005-2007), where I characterised temporal impairments in endocytic and autophagic flux in mouse models of lysosomal storage diseases. In 2007, I returned to Ireland as a lecturer in Neuroscience at University College Dublin, and worked with Prof. Dominic Walsh as a Health Research Board postdoctoral fellow (2008-2012), where I developed expertise in the neuronal metabolism of amyloid precursor protein (APP). In early 2013, I became a lecturer in the Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at University College Cork, where I have established my own research group.