REPRO FREE: 08th July 2014:  Minister Sherlock has today announced €23 million in SFI funding to Ireland's most promising young research talent. 40 new projects have received funding.
Pictured at the announcement are (l-r) Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock, Professor Mark Ferguson Director General of SFI and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Irish Government. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

Computational Biologist in Teagasc.
Principal Investigator at SFI research centre VistaMilk
Funded Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland

Orla O'Sullivan, PhD

Orla O’Sullivan is a Senior Computational Biologist in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ireland and Principal Investigator with VistaMilk and APC Microbiome Ireland (Science foundation Ireland Research Centres). Orla graduated from UCC with a BSc in Biochemistry and subsequently a PhD in Bioinformatics. She is scientific advisor with SeqBiome and sits on the scientific advisory board of Open Research Europe. Orla has a H-Index of 55 with over 16000 citations leading to a list as a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. In 2019, she was awarded the highly prestigious SFI Early Career Researcher of the Year.

Her research focuses on elucidating the microbiome from various environments including human gut and lung, soil, rumen and food. Of particular interest to her is the role of fitness and diet, specifically whey protein, on the human gut microbiome both in healthy and diseased cohorts. This research has led to collaborations with many sporting bodies including the Irish Rugby Football Union, Cricket Ireland, Sports Ireland and English Premiership teams.