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Irish Research Council supports Bioinformatics Research

Irish Research Council supports Bioinformatics Research

30 May, 2012

CIT student, Jurate Daugelaite, who is currently studying for an MSc in Computational Biology has secured a prestigious scholarship  from the Irish Research Council for PhD research entitled “A cloud computing approach to developing rapid molecular based detection systems for bacterial pathogens of clinical significance” 

This is a bioinformatics based project involving the development and analysis of powerful computer algorithms to help rapidly diagnose and treat pathogens of clinical importance. Out of the 486 applications submitted, just 150 were successful in the 2012 round of scholarships under the IRC Embark Initiative, with 6 of those awarded to CIT. This truly interdisciplinary project will be carried out under the joint supervision of Aisling O’Driscoll (Computing) and Dr. Roy Sleator (Biological Sciences), building on the success of the CIT informatics team to date.


(L-R): Aisling O’ Driscoll, Department of Computing, CIT, Jurate Daugelaite, IRC Scholar, Dr. Roy Sleator, Department of Biological Sciences, CIT.


Jurate, a native of Lithuania, who has lived in Ireland for 11 years, obtained an honours degree in Pharmaceutical Biology in 2011 and has secured a €74,000 grant which will help fund her PhD research as well as research equipment, attendance at conferences and publication in peer reviewed publications.

The 25 year old said “The vast amount of biological data generated since the human genome project means that it’s now more costly to store and analyse a genome than it is to sequence it. Using cutting edge cloud computing technology to manage and store genomic data and to identify patterns within that data could be revolutionary in this field”.