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Professor Sean Arkins

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Interim)

Time of assuming the current leadership role

In January 2020, Professor Sean Arkins was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Interim) at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Education and Previous Experience

Sean graduated from UCD with an MVB (Veterinary Medicine) and, subsequently, worked with the Agriculture Research Institute, Moorepark and UCD as a Research Officer. He completed an MSc in Reproductive Physiology at the University of Illinois and, later, completed a PhD in Immunology on the effects of age on cellular immune function, also at the University of Illinois.  Following a post-doctoral research period, he was appointed as Research Assistant Professor in the Edward R. Madigan Biotechnology Centre at University of Illinois and, later, to Illinois State University as Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, where he continued his work on models of the effects of hormones on human immune function. In 1998, he was appointed Professor of Equine Science at the University of Limerick.   At the University of Limerick, he became Head of Department of Life Sciences in 2003, a role he held until 2018.  Sean has served as external examiner for programmes in the University of Ulster and the University of West England.   He has served as Head of the School of Natural Sciences from 2017 to 2018 and as Director of UL’s International Equine Institute from 2010 to 2014.  He has also served as Course Leader, a Member of Academic Council, Academic Programme Review Committee, Management Council and, is currently in his third term as a member of the Governing Authority.

Research/Professional interests

Sean’s current research interests focus on immune function in domestic animals.   He is particularly interested in innate immune defences and pro-inflammatory responses.   He has also published in the area of equine behaviour and has a particular interest in reduction of antibiotic usage in domestic animals.

For a full list of publications see: https://www.ul.ie/scieng/professor-sean-arkins

Areas of responsibility

  • Leadership, governance and management of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, which includes the following units:
    • School of Design
      • School of Architecture
    • School of Engineering
    • School of Natural Sciences
      • Department of Biological Sciences
      • Department of Chemical Sciences
      • Department of Physics
    • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
    • Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
    • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Bernal Institute
    • Flexible Learning Centre
  • Promoting and maintaining academic standards, quality of teaching and learning and the integration of research and teaching in the University’s learning environment
  • Development of a strategy for the Faculty, aligned with the University’s Strategic Plan
  • Staffing and resourcing the Faculty and associated units
  • Budgetary control
  • Accountable for the Faculty academic suite of programmes within the Faculty and the management and resourcing of new academic programmes
  • Support and development of new research programmes
  • Provide leadership and representation for the Faculty with internal and external stakeholders
  • Quality in research, teaching and associated processes
  • Risk Management
  • Member of the University’s Executive Committee and Academic Council
  • Chairs Faculty Board and Management Committee

Some Selected Publications

  1. Barrett E., Arkins. S Abnormalities detected at pre-purchase examination of National Hunt racehorses presented at sale. Equine Vet J. 2020 Mar; 52(2):281-289. doi: 10.1111/evj.13164. Epub 2019 Sep 8.
  2. Garvey M., Lyons R., Hector R.D., Walsh C., Arkins S., Cullinane A. Molecular Characterisation of Equine Herpesvirus 1 Isolates from Cases of Abortion, Respiratory and Neurological Disease in Ireland between 1990 and 2017. Pathogens. 2019 Jan 15;8(1). pii: E7. doi: 10.3390/pathogens8010007.
  3. McParland, S., Dillon, P., Flynn, J., Ryan, N., Arkins, S. and Kennedy, A. Effect of using internal teat sealant with or without antibiotic therapy at dry-off on subsequent somatic cell count and milk production. Journal of Dairy Science, 2019, 102(5), 4464-4475. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2018-15195
  4. Garvey, M., Suárez, N.M., Kerr, K., Hector, R., Moloney-Quinn, L., Arkins, S., Davison, A. J., Cullinane, A. Equid herpesvirus 8: Complete genome sequence and association with abortion in mares (2018) Roles Investigation Affiliation Virology Unit, The Irish Equine Centre, Johnstown, Naas, County Kildare, Ireland Published: February 7, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192301
  5. O'Brien, E,Garvey, M,Walsh, C,Arkins, S,Cullinane, A (2017) 'Genetic typing of bovine viral diarrhoea virus in cattle on Irish farms'. Research In Veterinary Science, 111 :14-20.
  6. Sayers, RG,Byrne, N,O'Doherty, E, Arkins, S (2015) 'Prevalence of exposure to bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) and bovine herpesvirus-1 (BoHV-1) in Irish dairy herds'. Research In Veterinary Science, 100 :21-30.
  7. Sayers, RG,Sayers, GP,Graham, DA,Arkins, S (2015) 'Impact of three inactivated bovine viral diarrhoea virus vaccines on bulk milk p80 (NS3) ELISA test results in dairy herds'. Veterinary Journal, 205 :56-61Galvin P, Gildea S, Nelly M, Quinlivan M, Arkins S, Walsh C, Cullinane A (2014) 'The evaluation of three diagnostic tests for the detection of equine influenza nucleoprotein in nasal swabs'. Influenza and other respiratory viruses, 8 (3):376-383.
  8. Galvin, P,Gildea, S,Nelly, M,Quinlivan, M,Arkins, S,Walsh, C,Cullinane, A (2014) 'The evaluation of three diagnostic tests for the detection of equine influenza nucleoprotein in nasal swabs'. Influenza And Other Respiratory Viruses, 8 :376-383.
  9. Galvin P, Gildea S, Arkins S, Walsh C, Cullinane A (2013) 'The evaluation of a nucleoprotein ELISA for the detection of equine influenza antibodies and the differentiation of infected from vaccinated horses (DIVA)'. Influenza and other respiratory viruses, 7 Suppl 4 :73-80.
  10. Gildea S, Arkins S, Walsh C, Cullinane A (2011) 'A comparison of antibody responses to commercial equine influenza vaccines following primary vaccination of Thoroughbred weanlings--a randomised blind study'. Vaccine, 29 (49):9214-9223.
  11. Gildea S, Arkins S, Walsh C, Cullinane A (2011) 'A comparison of antibody responses to commercial equine influenza vaccines following annual booster vaccination of National Hunt horses - a randomised blind study'. Vaccine, 29 (22):3917-3922
  12. Quinlivan, M; Maxwell, G; Lyons, P; Arkins, S; Cullinane, A (2010) 'Real-time RT-PCR for the detection and quantitative analysis of equine rhinitis viruses'. EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL, 42 (2):98-104.
  13. Chambers, TM; Quinlivan, M; Sturgill, T; Cullinane, A; Horohov, DW; Zamarin, D; Arkins, S; Garcia-Sastre, A; Palese, P (2009) 'Influenza A viruses with truncated NS1 as modified live virus vaccines: Pilot studies of safety and efficacy in horses'. EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL, 41 (1):87-92.
  14. Crispie, F; Alonso-Gomez, M; O'Loughlin, C; Klostermann, K; Flynn, J; Arkins, S Meaney, W; Ross, RP; Hill, C (2008) 'Intramammary infusion of a live culture for treatment of bovine mastitis: effect of live lactococci on the mammary immune response'. JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH, 75 (3):374-384.
  15. Moya, SL; Boyle, LA; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2008) 'Surgical castration of pigs affects the behavioural response to a low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge after weaning'. APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE, 112 (1-2):40-57
  16. Moya, SL; Gomez, M.A., Boyle, LA; Mee, J.F., O’Brien, B. and Arkins, S (2008). Effects of Milking Frequency on Phagocytosis and Oxidative Burst Activity of Phagocytes from Primiparous and Multiparous Dairy Cows During Early Lactation. J. Dairy Science, Volume 91, Issue 2, Pages 587–595
  17. Llamas Moya, S; Boyle, LA; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2006) 'STRESS BIOLOGY IN THE PIG'. THE PIG JOURNAL, 57 (*):8-29.
  18. Llamas Moya, S; Boyle, LA; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2006) 'THE ACUTE PHASE RESPONSE IN THE PIG'. THE PIG JOURNAL, 57 (*):30-56
  19. Llamas Moya, S; Boyle, LA; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2006) 'SICKNESS BEHAVIOUR AND STRESS SUSCEPTIBILITY IN THE PIG'. THE PIG JOURNAL, 57 (*):57-69.
  20. Moya, SL; Boyle, L; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2006) 'Pro-inflammatory cytokine and acute phase protein responses to low-dose lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge in pigs'. ANIMAL SCIENCE, 82 :527-534
  21. Moya, SL; Boyle, LA; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2006) 'Influence of teeth resection on the skin temperature and acute phase response in newborn piglets'. ANIMAL WELFARE, 15 (3):291-297
  22. Llamas Moya, S; Boyle, LA; Lynch, PB; Arkins, S (2006) 'SICKNESS BEHAVIOUR AND STRESS SUSCEPTIBILITY IN THE PIG'. THE PIG JOURNAL, 57 (*):57-69.