Professor Bernadette Connolly
Professor Bernadette Connolly

Professor Bernadette Connolly

BSc (Hons), PhD

Personal Chair

Accepting PhDs


Room 4.31
Institute of Medical Sciences
University of Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD
Scotland, UK


University of Aberdeen (1999 - present) Personal Chair

Deputy Director, Institute of Medical Sciences (2015 - 2021)

Director of College of Life Sciences & Medicine Graduate School (2007 - 2016)

University of Bern, Switzerland, Group Leader (1994-1999) and Marie-Heim Vögtlin Fellow (1997-1999)

Post-doctoral Researcher, Imperial College London (1990-1993)

Post-doctoral Researcher, Imperial Cancer Research Fund (1987-1990) 

Post-doctoral Researcher, Brandeis University, Massachusetts (1983-1987) 

PhD (Genetics), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (1984) 

BSc (Hons), NUI Maynooth, Ireland (1980) 


  • BSc Biology & Chemistry 
    1980 - NUI Maynooth 
  • PhD Genetics 
    1984 - Trinity College Dublin 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships


External Memberships

Member of the International Commission on Trichinellosis since 2007 

EASTBIO-BBSC Doctoral Training Partnership, Deputy Academic Lead (2012 – 2020)

University of Bristol; External Examiner, MRes Programme (2017 – 2021)

University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Health Sciences; International Evaluation Panel of the Graduate School (2016)

University of Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences; Review Panel for the Postgraduate Programmes (2010)

University of Newcastle, Medical Sciences Graduate School; Internal Subject Review of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2011)

Imperial College London, Department of Life Sciences; Periodic Review of Postgraduate Masters’ Courses (2013)

University of Edinburgh, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Postgraduate Taught Programme validation panel (2011- 2014)

MASTS Graduate School Steering Committee (2010 - 2015)

Vitae Scotland & Northern Ireland Hub Advisory Group (2007 - 2014)


Research Overview

I am interested in the biology of nematodes, with a particular interest in parasitic species.  I collaborate with Profs Jonathan Pettitt and Berndt Muller to investigate the mechanism of spliced-leader trans-splicing in nematodes and with a view to exploiting this as a target for novel anthelmintics.

For more information on specific projects have a look at The Aberdeen Worm Lab webpage: (

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Biomedical Sciences

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Parasitology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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