Dr Fergal Waldron

Dr Fergal Waldron
Dr Fergal Waldron
Dr Fergal Waldron

BSc MSc MRes PhD (Cantab.)

Advanced Research Fellow

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5.15.5 Institute of Medical Sciences
Foresterhill Campus
Ashgrove Road West
AB25 2ZD

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School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


My research focuses on the role of inflammation and interferon activation in ALS. My work involves a combination of experimental, histological, bioinformatics and meta-analytical approaches to answer fundamental questions in ALS research.

I obtained my PhD in Evolutionary Genetics from the University of Cambridge before undertaking postdoctoral work at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh. My past research has focused on the evolutionary genetics of antiviral immunity in invertebrate animal models, and the evolution of antiviral immunity across invertebrates.


  • BSc Zoology 
    2003 - National University of Ireland, Galway 
  • MRes Zoology 
    2006 - National University of Ireland, Galway 
  • MSc Evolutionary Genetics and Genome Analysis 
    2008 - University of Edinburgh 
  • PhD Evolutionary Genetics 
    2013 - University of Cambridge 

Internal Memberships

The Genetics Society

The Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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Funding and Grants

A Laboratory Model for Antiviral Immunity in Molluscs (co-writer); £201,732 | 2018-06 to 2021-10 | Grant | The Leverhulme Trust (London, GB)

Establishment of a Laboratory Model for Antiviral Immunity in Molluscs (co-writer); £44,364 | 2017-04 to 2017-12 | Grant | Wellcome Trust ISSF (London, GB)

Antiviral immune expression in the mollusc Lymnaea stagnalis (co-writer); £1,791 | 2017-02 to 2017-06 | Grant | University of Edinburgh Moray Endowement Fund (Edinburgh, GB)

Next Generation Sequencing workshop hosted by the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics Registration and Travel Award; €1,000 | 2011-05 to 2011-06 | AwardEuropean Science Foundation (Strasbourg, FR)

St. John’s College, Cambridge Learning and Research Fund; £1,000 | 2010-06 to 2010-07 | Award | St. John's College, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, GB)

Summer Institute in Statistics and Modelling in Infectious Diseases workshop hosted by The University of Washington Registration and Travel Award; $4,000 | 2010-06 to 2010-07 | Award | National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland, US)

Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellowship; £24,055 | 2007-09 to 2008-08 | Salary award | Marie Curie (London, GB)

Embark Initiative Thermadapt Programme Research Fellowship; €38,012 | 2003-09 to 2005-08 | Salary award | Irish Research Council (Dublin, IE)


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