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Molecular and Comparative physiology

The theme of Molecular and Comparative Physiology encompasses a diversity of research subthemes including Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Infectious disease, Environmental Physiology and Genomics and aspects of comparative biology relating to Biodiversity and Phylogenetic History.

Links to other Schools including Biochemistry and Immunology, Genetics and Microbiology, Mathematics and Engineering.


  • Biodiversity and Phylogenetic History focuses on systematics approaches to several aspects of comparative biology relating to biodiversity including the phylogenetic history of organisms, taxonomy and adaptive traits that may contribute to species diversification.

Trevor Hodkinson

Natalie Cooper

  • Developmental Biology addresses fundamental questions in molecular embryology (e.g. limb and eye development) as well as the development of sustainable regenerative therapies through collaboration with the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering.

Paula Murphy

Michael Wride

  • Environmental Physiology and Genomics focuses on the physiological and pathophysiological and molecular effects of endocrine disruptors in the environment. Collaborators include Dr. Brian Quinn at the Irish Centre for Environmental Toxicology at GMIT.  See

Jim Wilson

Michael Wride

Michelle Giltrap

  • Infectious disease focuses upon the epidemiology and control of geohelminths. Recent work has focused upon the impact of anthelmintic treatment upon malaria and the development of an Ascaris model of early infection. The group are also interested in the development of an understanding of the immune responses to parasitic infections with a view to developing novel therapies for control that are more sustainable and avoid possible chemotherapeutic resistance. 

Celia Holland

  • Neurobiology investigates the development, physiology and pathophysiology of the nervous system, including retinal degeneration, circuit mechanisms of perception, learning and memory.

Michael Wride

Mani Ramaswami

Last updated 13 February 2012 Natural Sciences (Email).