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    Head of Research and Technology Transfer

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    Patrick Murray, Ph.D.


    Department of Applied Science


    Dr. Patrick Murray is a lecturer in Department of Applied Science, Principal Investigator, Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre and senior researcher of CHIMERA (CHemIcal and Molecular microbial biotEchnology ReseArch) Research group at LIT. He graduated first in his in BSc. (Hons. 1.1 degree) Biochemistry class from NUI Glway. Dr Murray has been the strategic funding coordinator for LIT for the past 2 years leveraging researchers and companies both national and international to form strategic partnerships in FP7 and Horizon 2020 project opportunities.

    Dr. Murray has a strong track record of collaboration with industry specifically in identification of innovative ingredients and biological products from natural resources using novel state of the art processes to obtain lead molecules for drug development and value added food, flavour and medicinal products. Dr. Murray was the Scientific Coordinator and WP4 leader of an FP7 project "BAMMBO" on extraction of high-value bioactive molecules from marine plants and animals with specific interests on environmentally friendly and sustainable extraction processes (using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide).

    In his research field he has extensive knowledge of biochemical and microbiological techniques necessary for the maintenance of laboratory quality control standards, including sterility testing, microbiological library generation and storage, cell culturing, selective plating, extraction and enrichment. He has a proficient knowledge of molecular biology techniques including DNA/RNA isolation and manipulation; Gene cloning; PCR; Protein over expression in heterologous hosts and bioinformatics.

    Limerick Institute’s flagship research centre "Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre" (Shannon ABC) has an ongoing programme to explore natural products for novel bioactive substances of value to wide industry sectors. The Centre it is based on a symbiotic relationship between research and industry with industry driven research strategies at the forefront of the gateway ideal. Natural products embraces a diversity of materials derived from waste streams, marine, plant, animal, mammalian and microbial sources. Shannon ABC focuses on developing, enhancing and commercializing biotechnology by collaborating with industry to promote product diversification and enhancement, increase market growth and aid competitiveness.

    LIT expertise in bio-processing, extraction, purification and screening of derivatives from natural products and waste streams available at Shannon ABC will be a key effort in the project. As research coordinator at Shannon ABC Centre Dr. Murray was the principal investigator of an Enterprise Ireland funded project in partnership with an Irish SME "AlgaeHealth" involving the scale-up of indoor cultivation in photobioreactor systems and extraction of high value bioactive molecules from microalgae. Dr. Murray is currently principal investigator for four Industrial Innovation partnership projects funded by Enterprise Ireland. Dr. Murray has also directed projects involved in bioconversion of target biomass streams to fermentable feedstock’s for bioethanol/biodiesel production. Dr. Murray received his PhD in Fungal Glycobiotechnology, as part of the Molecular Glycobiotechnology Group at NUIG, and has previously worked as a visiting scientist at Wallenberg Wood Biotechnology Centre and at VTT research centre in Finland. He is supervising postgraduate students towards their masters and PhD degrees


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