Professor Bernadette Connolly

Professor Bernadette Connolly
BSc (Hons), PhD

Deputy Director
Personal Chair

I am currently accepting PhDs in Biomedical Sciences.

Professor Bernadette Connolly
Professor Bernadette Connolly

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University of Aberdeen (1999 - present) Personal Chair

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) 


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

Memberships and Affiliations


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

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

Member of Senate (ex officio) (2007 - 2016)

University Teaching & Learning Committee (ex officio) (2007 - 2016)

Postgraduate Committee (ex officio) (Convener, 2010 - 2012)

Senate Business Committee (ex officio) (2010 - 2012)

Student Affairs Committee (ex officio) (2010 – 2012; 2015 - 2016)

EU Strategy Advisory Group (2010 - 2015)

Ethics and Research Governance working group (Convener, 2010 - 2012)

Curriculum Reform Commission (2007-2010)

Postgraduate Grade Spectrum Working Group (2007-2008)

VLE Evaluation Board (2007-2008)

University Art Advisory Committee (2005 - 2009)

School Postgraduate Research Coordinator (2005 - 2007)

Support Staff Liaison Group (2004 - 2007)

Biochemistry Degree Programme Coordinator (2004 - 2007)

Coordinator of exchange programme with University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (2002 - 2004)

Honours Year Coordinator (2000 - 2004)



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 (2018 – 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 Areas

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  • 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

Research Overview

I am interested in the biology of nematodes, with a particular interest in parasitic species.  I collaborate with Dr Jonathan Pettitt and Dr Berndt Muller to investigate the mechanism of spliced-leader trans-splicing in nematodes and with a view to exploting this as a target for novel anthelminthics. More information on specific projects can be found at The Aberdeen Worm Lab (


My current supervision areas are: Biomedical Sciences.





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