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Dr. Jean O'Dwyer


Jean is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. She completed a BSc in Environmental Science in 2011 and a PhD in environmental fate modelling in 2014, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Adley. Upon completion of her Doctoral Studies, Jean has undertaken post-doctorate roles on national (DAFM, IRC/GSI) and international (EU FP7) projects.

Jean has been actively researching in the area of environment and health for over 5 years, having developed valuable collaborations with both the HSE and other academic institutions. She has been a collaborator on several successful grant applications providing expertise in the area of climate and health as well as geo-statistical modelling of contaminants. In 2017, Jean was awarded a highly competitive Irish Research Council Post-doctoral fellowship to continue her research.

Jean has been an invited speaker at several national conferences, presented at over 30 national and international conferences and has published over a dozen ISI peer reviewed research papers and several book chapters in collaboration with UL, DIT and the HSE since 2014. She is a reviewer for a number of international journals and a selected member of the Public Water Forum.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

-Environmental Fate Modelling:The fate of microbiological contamination and pharmaceutical agents in the subsurface environment.

-Environment and Health: Environmental epidemiology and geo-statistical analysis of infectious disease, with a particular interest in climate change and infectious diseases.

-Antibiotic resistance: Elucidation of environmental factors affecting the proliferation of antibiotic resistance in the environment.

Teaching Interests

Guest Lecturer in:

Pollution Biology (UL)
Geo Science (UL)
Sustainability Impact Assessment (UCD)

Training provided in:

Statistical analysis for scientists (UL, GSI)
Geographical Information Systems (UL)

Professional Activities


  • 2017 - Nominated as delegate onto the Management Committee (MC) of COST Action CA16114: Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy.
  • 2017 - Postdoctoral Research Fellowship- Irish Research Council
  • 2017 - Best Oral Presentation- Infectious Disease Society of Ireland
  • 2015 - Transnational Access Grant
  • 2015 - Best Education Blog
  • 2011 - Postgraduate Scholarship


  • Member, Environmental Science Association of Ireland
  • Member, Society of General Microbiology
  • Selected Member, Public Water Forum


Book Chapter


The impact of climate change on the incidence of infectious waterborne disease.
O'Dwyer, J; Dowling, A; Adley, C
The Urban Water Reuse Handbook


Alternatives to antibiotics: Future trends
Dowling,A; O'Dwyer, J; Adley, C
Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: science, technology and education

Conference Publication


Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
O'Dwyer, J., ÓhAiseadha, C., Hynds, P.


Paediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference
ÓhAiseadha, C., Hynds, P., O'Dwyer, J.


Safefood VTEC Knowledge Networks Annual Conference
ÓhAiseadha, C., Hynds, P., O'Dwyer, J., Fallon, U.

Peer Reviewed Journal


The microbial sampling regime and quality of water in a milk production plant
Burke, N., O'Dwyer, J., Southern, M., Adley, C.
Lwt-Food Science And Technology


Lime in the limelight
Dowling, A; O'Dwyer, J; Adley, C
Journal Of Cleaner Production


Bacteria that Travel: The Quality of Aircraft Water
Handschuh, H; O'Dwyer, J; Adley, C
International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health