MS Group Alumni

Graduate Students (2005-present)


  1. Dr Isabelle Ruppen (2006) “Development of isolation processes and mass spectrometric analytical methods for polyether marine biotoxins”
  2. Ms. Una Cuffe (2006) “Mass Spectrometric Methods to Study Homocysteine and Related Compounds”; Master of Science.
  3. Dr Orla Allis: EPA Microcystin project; (PhD) “The Development of LC-MS Methods for the Determination of Microcystins (MC) in Freshwaters, Cyanobacteria and Drinking Water”. Graduation 2007.   
  4. Mr Tony Byrd: MSc thesis ‘Characterisation of Particulate Matter in Urban, Rural and Background Conditions’. Research carried out in collaboration with Cork County Council, Graduation 2008.
  5. Mr Michael George Cahill: MSc thesis ‘The Application of LC-MS Technologies for the Analysis of Triazine Herbicides in Water’, Graduation 2008
  6. Dr Keith O’Callaghan: SFI/IRCSET funded PhD thesis ‘Application of multiple Mass Spectrometric Techniques in the Isolation, Determination and Characterisation of the Marine Toxins: Azaspiracids. Graduation 2009
  7. Dr Brian Kinsella; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship 2006; Novel Approach to Determine Untested Toxic Residues in Food; Graduation 2010
  8. Dr Daniel O’Driscoll (Graduation 2010) “Toxicodynamics and biotransformation of azaspiracids incorporating liquid chromatography-tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS.MS) techniques”.
  9. Dr Zuzana Škrabáková (Graduation 2011) “High Resolution Hybrid Mass Spectrometry for the Determination of Marine Biotoxins, Azaspriacids and their Biotransformation Products”.
  10. Dr Michael George Cahill; EPA Strive programme Priority Pollutants (2007-W-LS-1-S1); Novel LC-MS methods for the Determination of Environmental and Food Contaminants incorporating Analyte Confirmation using High Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Graduation 2011
  11. Dr Michelle Whelan; Teagasc Walsh Fellowship 2007; Development, Validation and Application of UHPLC-MS/MS Methods for the Detection of Veterinary Drug Residues in Food of Animal Origin; Graduation 2011
  12. Dr Merisa Moriarty; Embark IRSCET Awardee; Development of Mass Spectrometric Methods for the Analysis of Serotonin and Related Compounds in Biological Matrices. Graduation 2012
  13. Mrs. Siobhan Ryan: Moorepark Diary Production Research Centre, Teagasc; Investigation of factors influencing Trichloromethane levels in milk and the application of a strategy to reduce these levels. Co-supervisors: Dr Bernadette O’Brien and Dr Kieran Jordan. Graduation 2012
  14. Ms. Laura Keating: Graduate of Limerick Institute of Technology; An Investigation of Potentially Bioactive Compounds in Crataegus Species. Co-supervisors: Dr Siobhan Moane (LIT) and Dr Mary Lehane (CIT). Advisory supervisor and co-author in publications: Dr Ambrose Furey. Graduation 2012
  15. Ms. Eilish Shortle: (2013) Characterisation of Crataegus monogyna fractions and assessment of their functional properties (Start Date: 1st September 2009; Ratified: January 2013; Graduation: 22nd October 2013.
  16. Dr Bebhine Carey; (PRTLI IV Climate Change Project): Novel Liquid Chromatography - Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry and Triple Quadrupole MS Methods for the Determination of Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxins. Graduation 2013
  17. Ms. Elizabeth Hobb: Research carried out in collaboration with Pepsico Ireland: Investigation of Environmental Contaminants in Drinking Water using Ion Chromatography. Graduation 2013
  18. Dr Brian Dineen; PRTLI IV Climate Change Project): Novel Liquid Chromatography - Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry and Triple Quadrupole MS Methods for the Determination of Microcystin and Cylindrospermopsin Toxins in Water. Graduation 2014
  19. Dr Clare Power: Teagasc Walsh Fellowship 2010; “Depletion of Veterinary Drug Residues from Milk, their Transfer to Dairy Products”. Graduation 2014
  20. Dr Caroline Griffin; FIRM 2007 ‘Investigation of Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in food stuffs using LC-MS/MS technologies. Graduation 2015
  21. Dr Bríd Brosnan: FIRM 2008 ‘Isolation and characterisation of antifungal compounds from lactic acid bacteria and their application as natural antimicrobials’. Dr A. Coffey, Dept. Biological Sciences as co-supervisor. Graduation 2015
  22. Mr David Mannion: Teagasc Walsh Fellowship 2013, MSc project “Development and validation of gas chromatographic methods for free fatty acid determination in dairy products”. Graduation 2016
  23. Dr Vaishali Bane: Pharmatlantic project “Knowledge Transfer Network for Prevention of Mental Diseases and Cancer in the Atlantic Area” titled “Application of LC-MS technology for the detection of emerging toxins from the European region”. Graduation 2017
  24. Dr. Sarah Tuck: Teagasc walsh Fellowship 2012: “Development of Multi-class analytical methods for Agrochemical Contaminants”. Graduation 2018
  25. Dr Feras Abbas: CIT RÍSAM Research Awards 2012. “Cylindrospermopsin, anatoxin and microcystin cyanobacterial toxins in Singapore reservoirs and historical Irish freshwater; identifying progenitor species, their responses to environmental factors and spatial and temporal variations”. (Start Date: 7-1-2013; PhD viva voce: 14th January 2021 (online viva): Graduation: 30th June 2021).
  26. Mrs. Cristina Porojan: Singapore Project “Study of the cyanobacterial toxin producing species in Singapore’s Reservoirs; their toxin production rates and responses to environmental factors” (Start Date: 19-3-2013; PhD viva voce: 9th September 2021 (online viva); Approval:25th January 2022; Graduation: May 2022.
  27. Dr Melissa Di Rocco: Teagasc Walsh Felowship 2014 (Ref #:2014215). PhD project “Research on cephalosporin antibiotics in meat and dairy products”. Start date (2nd April  2014; PhD viva voce: 2nd February 2021 (online viva): Graduation: 30th June 2021).
  28. Dr Ciara Ruth Kenny: CIT RÍSAM Research Awards 2015. PhD title ‘Mining laboratory-proven botanicals for optimum potency against hospital pathogens including MRSA’. (Start Date: 1st October 2015; PhD viva voce: 2nd June 2021 (online viva): Graduation: Nov 2021. Biological Science Co-Supervisor: Dr Brigid Lucey - PhD defended July 2021.

Pre-2005 graduate students:

  1. Dr Sean Kelly,  1995 "The Analysis and Isolation of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Toxins"
  2. Dr Eoin Carmody 1996 "Acidic Marine Biotoxins Implicated in Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning"
  3. Dr Ian Sherlock, 1997
  4. Dr Mary Stack 1998
  5. Dr Ambrose Furey 1999 “Isolation and analysis of neurotoxins from cyanobacteria and shellfish, implicated in animal and human toxicosis”.
  6. Dr Alan Bishop 1999 "New polyether toxins from shellfish and marine phytoplankton: isolation studies and development of analytical methods"
  7. Dr Marion Gillman 2000
  8. Dr Cian Moroney (2002) “Aetiology and Distribution of Shellfish Toxins responsible for Azaspiracid Poisoning”
  9. Dr Sharon O’Connell (2002) “Applications of Novel Extraction Technologies in the Analysis of Micro-organic Contaminants”
  10. Dr Gillian Fitzgerald (2002) “New Methods For The Determination of Flavours and Contaminants in Foods and Beverages”
  11. Dr Mary Lehane (2005) “Elucidation of Toxins from Microalgae using Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry Techniques”
  12. Dr Patricia Fernández Puente (2004) “The Diarrheic Shellfish Poisoning Toxins in Marine Environment Determined using Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry Techniques”
  13. Dr Ana Braña Magdalena (2004) “Analysis of Phycotoxins and Mycotoxins, contaminants in Foods, using Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry Techniques”
  14. Dr Paloma Muñiz Ortea (2005) “Elucidation of the Mass Spectral Fragmentation Pathways of
  15. Toxic Cyclic Hepatopeptides, Microcystins”
  16. Dr Mónica Fernández Amandi (2005) “Exploring Marine Biotoxins using Analytical Techniques based on Mass Spectrometry”
  17. Dr María Jose Fidalgo Saez (2005) “Developing LC-MS/MS Methods for the analysis of Marine Biotoxins”
  18. Dr Janet Crowley (2005) “Analytical and Synthetic Methods for Anatoxins”
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