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Dr. Eoin Gunnigle

Biography

I completed my BSc in Microbiology at NUI Galway before obtaining a MSc at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (NOCS). Thereafter, I returned to NUI Galway and completed a PhD under the guidance of Prof. Vincent O'Flaherty. During my PhD research I investigated protein expression patterns of microbial groups, particularly methanogens, in low temperature anaerobic digestion biofilms. After completing my PhD, I undertook postdoctoral research focusing on hot desert edaphic microbial ecology in South Africa at the Centre of Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), University of Pretoria. I recently started a lecturing position in the department of Chemical & Environmental Science.

My research interests lie primarily in the field of microbial ecology. Specifically, characterising microbial diversity and functional relevance within environmental habitats (e.g. soil) and industrial applications (e.g. AD bioreactors). This involves using modern molecular approaches to provide data that can be used in applied contexts such as biotechnology.

Research Interests

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Microbial community fingerprinting (T-RFLP, DGGE, clone libraries)

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Next-generation sequencing (454-pyrosequencing, Illumina) of marker/functional genes and data analysis.

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Meta-omics approaches (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics).

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Wastewater treatment process optimization.

Teaching Interests

I will be teaching within the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry course LM064 with initial Involvement in:

Introduction to Industrial Biochemistry – BC4401

Microbial Technology 1A – BC4803

Microbial Technology 2 – BC4825

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2013 NUI Galway, Ireland - PhD
  • 2008 National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK - MSc (Honours)
  • 2007 NUI Galway, Ireland - BSc (Hons)

Employment

  • Medtronic Vascular, Galway - Microbiology Laboratory Technician
  • Vistakon, Limerick - QC Technician
  • Abbott Diagnostics, Sligo - QC Technician

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2015

Ecology and biogeochemistry of cyanobacteria in soils, permafrost, aquatic and cryptic polar habitats
Makhalanyane, TP, Valverde A, Velaquez, D, Gunnigle E, van Goethem MW, Quesada A, Cowan DA
(2015) Ecology and biogeochemistry of cyanobacteria in soils, permafrost, aquatic and cryptic polar habitats
In Biodiversity And Conservation;
DOI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10531-015-0902-z

2015

Draft genomic DNA sequence of the multi-resistant Sphingomonas sp. strain AntH11 isolated from an Antarctic hypolith
Gunnigle E, Ramond J-B, Guerrero L, Makhalanyane, TP, Cowan DA
(2015) Draft genomic DNA sequence of the multi-resistant Sphingomonas sp. strain AntH11 isolated from an Antarctic hypolith
In Fems Microbiology Letters;
DOI: http://femsle.oxfordjournals.org/content/362/8/fnv037.long

2015

Low-temperature anaerobic digestion is associated with differential methanogenic protein expression
Gunnigle E, Siggins A, Botting CH, Fuzard M, O'Flaherty V, Abram F
(2015) Low-temperature anaerobic digestion is associated with differential methanogenic protein expression
In FEMS microbiology ecology;
DOI: http://femsle.oxfordjournals.org/content/362/10/fnv059.long

2015

Microbial ecology of hot desert edaphic systems
Makhalanyane, TP, Valverde A, Gunnigle E, Frossard A, Ramond J-B, Cowan DA
(2015) Microbial ecology of hot desert edaphic systems
In Fems Microbiology Reviews;
DOI: http://femsre.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/01/23/femsre.fuu011

2014

A sequential co-extraction method for DNA, RNA and protein recovery from soil for future system-based approaches
Gunnigle E, Ramond JB, Frossard A, Seeley M, Cowan D
(2014) A sequential co-extraction method for DNA, RNA and protein recovery from soil for future system-based approaches
In Journal Of Microbiological Methods;
DOI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167701214001596

2013

A functional approach to uncover the low-temperature adaptation strategies of the archaeon Methanosarcina barkeri
Gunnigle E, Abram F, McCay P, Fuzard M, Botting CH, O'Flaherty V
(2013) A functional approach to uncover the low-temperature adaptation strategies of the archaeon Methanosarcina barkeri
In Applied and environmental microbiology;
DOI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23645201

2012

Exploring mixed microbial community functioning: recent advances in metaproteomics
Siggins A, Gunnigle E, Abram F.
(2012) Exploring mixed microbial community functioning: recent advances in metaproteomics
In Fems Microbiology Ecology;
DOI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22225547

2009

Optimisation of protein extraction and 2-DE for metaproteomics of microbial communities from anaerobic wastewater treatment biofilms
Abram F, Gunnigle E, O'Flaherty V.
(2009) Optimisation of protein extraction and 2-DE for metaproteomics of microbial communities from anaerobic wastewater treatment biofilms
In Electrophoresis;
DOI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19960479

Conference Contributions

2011

4th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS)
Eoin Gunnigle, Florence Abram and Vincent O'Flaherty
(2011) 4th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS)
Geneva, Switzerland

2010

20th Environmental Association of Ireland Annual Colloquium
Eoin Gunnigle, Alma Siggins, Florence Abram and Vincent O'Flaherty
(2010) 20th Environmental Association of Ireland Annual Colloquium
Limerick, Ireland

2010

13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME)
Eoin Gunnigle, Florence Abram and Vincent O'Flaherty
(2010) 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology (ISME)
Seattle, WA, USA

2009

19th Environmental Association of Ireland Annual Colloquium
Eoin Gunnigle, Florence Abram and Vincent O'Flaherty
(2009) 19th Environmental Association of Ireland Annual Colloquium
Waterford, Ireland