Professor Colum Dunne (BSc (Hons), PhD, MBA, LLM) was educated at University College Cork (UCC). Colum has held senior research roles at Ireland's National Food Biotechnology Centre, and UCC's BioMerit Research Centre & Departments of Microbiology and Medicine. Following a period as General Manager of a cancer research centre focused on development of gene-/chemotherapies and innovative medical devices, Colum joined Glanbia plc as Director of Research and served as a member of the Boards of the Glanbia Nutritionals group of companies. Colum was also Director of Westgate Biologicals Ltd, a start-up antimicrobial business. Colum has published extensively and is an inventor on a number of commercialised patents.

He is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and the Royal Society of Medicine (London).

He is currently Director of Research at the School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity (4i) at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Colum served for two terms on the University’s Governing Authority (Board).


Kiernan, M.G., Coffey, C.J., Sagebally, S.M., Tibbitts, P., Lyons, E.M., O’Leary, E., Olowabi, F., Dunne, C.P. (2020) Systemic molecular mediators of inflammation differentiate between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, implicating threshold levels of IL-10 and relative ratios of pro-inflammatory cytokines in therapy. J Crohn’s Colitis 2020 Jan 1;14(1):118-129. doi: 10.1093/ecco-jcc/jjz117

Miranda G Kiernan, J Calvin Coffey, Kieran McDermott, Paul D Cotter, Raul Cabrera-Rubio, Patrick A Kiely, Colum P Dunne (2018); The Human Mesenteric Lymph Node Microbiome Differentiates Between Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, jjy136.

Colum P. Dunne and Suzanne S. Dunne, ‘Personalized medicine should not be restricted to the wealthy’, Nature. 2018 Jul;559(7712):32. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05609-9.

Calvin J Coffey, Miranda G Kiernan, Shaheel M Sahebally, Awad Jarrar, John P Burke, Patrick A Kiely, Bo Shen, David Waldron, Colin Peirce, Manus Moloney, Maeve Skelly, Paul Tibbitts, Hena Hidayat, Peter N Faul, Vourneen Healy, Peter D O’Leary, Leon G Walsh, Peter Dockery, Ronan P O’Connell, Sean T Martin, Fergus Shanahan, Claudio Fiocchi, Colum P Dunne; Inclusion of the Mesentery in Ileocolic Resection for Crohn’s Disease is Associated With Reduced Surgical Recurrence, Journal of Crohn's and Colitis, Volume 12, Issue 10, 9 November 2018, Pages 1139–1150.

Donnchadh O’Sullivan, Barry Linnane, Amanda Mostyn, Nteimam Jonathan, Marie Lenihan, Nuala H. O’Connell, Colum P. Dunne; Detection of Neisseria meningitidis in a paediatric patient with septic arthritis using multiplexed diagnostic PCR targeting meningitis/encephalitis (ME), Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials (2018), 17:14.

Kevin J. O’Sullivan, Louise Collins, Deirdre McGrath, Barry Linnane, Leonard O’Sullivan, Colum P. Dunne; Children With Cystic Fibrosis May Be Performing Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy Incorrectly, Chest (2018), 154:1.