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Biography

Dr. David Scanlon is a Lecturer in Biology & Biopharmaceutical Science in the Department of Science, WIT.

He completed his PhD in Biochemistry with Professor Paul Engel in University College Dublin in 2007. Prior to that he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry (Hons) from UCD (2003) and a National Certificate in Applied Biology (Hons) from WIT (2000). After being awarded his PhD, Dr. Scanlon worked in the Development department of Wyeth Biotech (later Pfizer), specialising in downstream processing.

Subsequently he spent 7 years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Associate with Dr. Mike Salter at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (aka SickKids). During his tenure at SickKids he ran multiple projects to identify biotherapeutic targets for chronic pain in the CNS, with a particular focus on characterising protein-protein interactions of NMDA and P2X7 receptors.

 

Research Interests

Dr. Scanlon’s primary research area is the identification and characterization of ion channel complex interactors in the Central Nervous System. He is also interested in the role that mitochondria play in synaptic function and dysfunction, as well as novel biotherapeutics discovery and translational medicine.

Research Interests

- Identification of ion channel protein-protein interactions

- The role of mitochondria in synaptic function and dysfunction

- BioID & Proteomics 

- Export of mitochondrial proteins - understanding their route, target and function

- Chronic pain and neurodegenerative conditions

- Novel biotherapeutics discovery & translational medicine

Teaching

Modules taught

- Introductory Biology (1st yr) - Practicals

- Good Laboratory Practice & Core Skills (1st yr) - Practicals

- Organic Chemistry & Biomolecules (2nd yr) - Practicals

- Pharmaceutical Biology (3rd yr) - Practicals

- Introduction to Research Methods (3rd yr) - Lectures

- Research Methodology and Literature Review (4th yr) - Lectures

- Physiology and Pharmacology (4th yr) - Lectures

- Biopharmaceutical Technology (4th yr) - Practicals

- Cell Biology & Biochemistry (1st yr) - Practicals. Laboratory component co-ordinator

- Microbial Biotechnology & Genetics (2nd yr) - Lectures and Practicals. Module co-ordinator

- Chromatographic & Electrophoretic Techniques (2nd yr) - Practicals

- Research Projects (3rd and 4th year) - Supervisor

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University College Dublin

20032007

Bachelors Degree, University College Dublin

20002003

Waterford Institute of Technology

19982000

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