Skip to main content

Dr. Kieran Mcgourty


Kieran McGourty is currently a lecturer below the bar in the Chemical Sciences department at the University of Limerick (UL). Kieran undertook his undergraduate studies at UL, in Industrial Biochemistry, where he worked with Dr. Jakki Cooney and Dr. Todd Kagawa. In 2006, motivated by these experiences, he went on to attain a Wellcome Trust funded PhD working with Prof. David Holden FRS, Imperial College London, studying the molecular basis of infection. During this time, Kieran published several high impact papers on the intracellular interaction of Salmonella Typhimurium with the host before changing field from cellular microbiology to cell biology.

Kieran took a post-doctoral research position in 2012 with Dr. Emmanuel Boucrot at University College London (UCL), with a primary research focus on the cell cycle and extracellular matrix (ECM) biology. Kieran's work here resulted in an extensive study into how ECM interaction evoke specific intracellular signalling profiles in quiescent cells. These findings are currently in preparation for publication.

Kieran's research aims to understand the signals that govern cell behaviour in the niche, especially the intestinal, muscular and epidermal niche. Kieran employs a number of high-throughput techniques to achieve this including; transcriptomics, phosphoproteomics, antibody signalling protein arrays and high content imaging, in addition to standard biochemical techniques. @kieranmcgourty


Research Interests

Kieran is one of the founding groups within the Bernal BioSciBER lab research space. The BioSciBER lab aims to carry out interdisciplinary research at the interface of Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology and Microfluidics. They hope to reference in vivo systems and use that knowledge to inform in vitro experimentation and medical device design in areas such as the circulatory system, stem cell niche reconstitution, blood brain barrier research and tissue mechano-characterisation.

Specifically, Kieran's group aims to fuse biomedical engineering, ECM and cell biology to reconstitute the stem cell tissue niche in vitro by referencing and endeavouring to understand the in vivo system with a particular focus on the intestinal, muscular and epidermal niche.

Specific Research Areas

  • Stem cell differentiation
  • Stem cell niche
  • Extracellular matrix biology
  • Cell cycle
  • Intracellular trafficking
  • Cell signalling
  • Infection and immunity
  • Microbiome
  • Proteomics, transcriptomics, pathway analysis
  • Microscopy, especially high throughput imaging and confocal microscopy



Professional Activities


  • 2016 - Gordon research conference poster winner
  • 2010 - Best PhD talk winner


  • 2007 Imperial College London - PhD
  • 2006 Imperial College London - Masters by research
  • 2001 University of Limerick - BSc (Hons)


  • Ethics Committee Member UL,


  • Pfizer, GE Healthcare, University College Cork, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Limerick - Various


  • French


Book Chapter


Chapt 9: Metallic-based nanocarriers: Methods employed in nanoparticle characterization and assessing the interaction with the blood-brain barr
Ross, AM; Grabrucker, AM; McGourty, KD; Mulvihill, JE
Advances and Avenues in the Development of Novel Carriers for Bioactives and Biological Agents 1st Edition.

Conference Contribution


Signal Transduction by Engineered Extracellular Matrices,
McGourty K, (Poster, Winner) Boucrot E.


Fibronectins Integrins and Related Molecules
McGourty K, (Poster) Boucrot E.


EIMID 7th Annual Meeting
McGourty K (Speaker), Holden DW


Workshop: Emerging Themes in Infection Biology
McGourty K, (Speaker) Holden DW


Wellcome Trust PhD Molecular basis of infection seminar
McGourty K, (Speaker, Winner) Holden DW.


UK Membrane Trafficking Meeting
McGourty K, (Speaker) Holden DW


EIMID 6th Annual Meeting
McGourty K, (Poster) Holden DW

Other Journal


Signalling mediated survival in quiescence cells
McGourty K, Mendes-Pereira A, McMahon HT, Boucrot E
Under review

Peer Reviewed Journal


Measuring endocytosis during proliferative cell quiescence
C Hinze, McGourty K, Boucrot E
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)


Combinatorial effects of matrix stiffness and ECM proteins on cell behaviour and morphology
S Malijauskaite, V Boomsma, C O'Connor, K McGourty
International Journal Of Experimental Pathology


Understanding the role and regulation of newly synthesized Annexin A2 in the progression of breast cancer
AF Mahdi, B Malacrida, J Nolan, K McGourty, AJ Lowery, PA Kiely
Cancer Research


Using in vitro models to identify newly synthesised proteins involved in the progression of breast cancer
Amira F. Mahdi, Beatrice Malacrida, Kieran McGourty, Aoife J. Lowery and Patrick A. Kiely
Cancer Research


Regional mechanical and biochemical properties of the porcine cortical meninges.
Walsh DR;Ross AM;Malijauskaite S;Flanagan BD;Newport DT;*McGourty KD;*Mulvihill JJE; * = Corresponding Author
Acta Biomaterialia DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2018.09.004


Reduced insulin signaling maintains electrical transmission in a neural circuit in aging flies.
Augustin H;McGourty K;Allen MJ;Madem SK;Adcott J;Kerr F;Wong CT;Vincent A;Godenschwege T;Boucrot E;Partridge L;
Plos Biology DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001655


Myostatin-like proteins regulate synaptic function and neuronal morphology.
Augustin H;McGourty K;Steinert JR;Cochemé HM;Adcott J;Cabecinha M;Vincent A;Halff EF;Kittler JT;Boucrot E;Partridge L;
Development (Cambridge) DOI: 10.1242/dev.152975


PLEKHM1 regulates Salmonella-containing vacuole biogenesis and infection.
McEwan DG;Richter B;Claudi B;Wigge C;Wild P;Farhan H;McGourty K;Coxon FP;Franz-Wachtel M;Perdu B;Akutsu M;Habermann A;Kirchof A;Helfrich MH;Odgren PR;Van Hul W;Frangakis AS;Rajalingam K;Macek B;Holden DW;Bumann D;Dikic I;
Cell Host & Microbe DOI: 10.1016/j.chom.2014.11.011


Modulation of apoptosis and pro-inflammatory signalling by vaccinia virus protein N1
Maluquer de Motes, Carlos Cooray Samantha, Ren Hongwei, Gabriel MF Almeida, McGourty Kieran, Mohammad W Bahar, David I Stuart, Jonathan M Grimes, Stephen C Graham, Geoffrey L Smith


Inhibition of apoptosis and NF-κB activation by vaccinia protein N1 occur via distinct binding surfaces and make different contributions to virulence.
Maluquer de Motes C;Cooray S;Ren H;Almeida GM;McGourty K;Bahar MW;Stuart DI;Grimes JM;Graham SC;Smith GL;
Plos Pathogens DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002430


pH sensing by intracellular Salmonella induces effector translocation.
Yu XJ;McGourty K;Liu M;Unsworth KE;Holden DW;
Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1189000


HorB (HP0127) is a gastric epithelial cell adhesin
Snelling, WJ; Moran, AP; Ryan, KA; Scully, P; McGourty, K; Cooney, JC; Annuk, H; O'Toole, PW
Helicobacter DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-5378.2007.00499.x