Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Division of Biology staff details

The Division of Biology staff are detailed below.

Anatomy & Biology Staff

Department fo Anatomy & Division of Biology, June 2010

Associate Professor and Head of Biology Division

Professor Brendan Kavanagh

Brendan Kavanagh BA(Mod) PhD (Dubl)

Phone +353 1 4022212 ; Fax +353 1 4022458


Professor Kavanagh is a qualified Zoologist with a PhD in Ornithology. He conducts applied research in the fields of ecology, species conservation, habitat restoration and biodiversity. He works with many public and private agencies in developing conservation strategy and has significant expertise facilitating many diverse organisations to agree common goals and aspirations.

He has published over 40 scientific papers, book chapters or abstracts, in addition to 7 internal reports to Bord na Mona (The Irish Peat Exploitation Board) and 12 internal reports to the NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service). He has written on subjects as diverse as bird ringing, avian genetics, bird diversity in short rotation forestry, biodiversity of cutaway bogland and the evaluation of the impact of EU Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS) on biodiversity. In the application of research, he developed the national programme to prevent the extinction of the Irish Grey Partridge Perdix perdix, a bird he began researching in 1991, working closely with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Board na Mona. His research team conducted research into the population dynamics of the remaining birds and identified the requirements of the population in an Irish context. With the support of several state and semi-state bodies the species was successfully plucked from the jaws of extinction, increasing the population from a low of 24 birds to almost 1,000 birds by 2011.

From 2004- 2012 Professor Kavanagh was seconded to the Middle East, as part of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland’s senior management team, to establish an overseas University campus in Bahrain. As chairman of the Academic Board he oversaw the development and implementation of academic policy including the standardisation of educational programmes between the schools of Medicine and Nursing. As the Academic Director of Admissions he developed and implemented a new recruitment policy to evaluate the plethora of public and private second level leaving certificate qualifications by mapping performance against entry criteria. During his secondment period, he played a major part in the growth of the University which increased from 27 students to over 1,000 students who enrolled in one of 5 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate degree programmes. As part of Senior Management in the Bahrain Campus, his involvement in this process required exceptional leadership, analysis, management and motivational skills.  

In the Middle East he worked very closely with many stake holders including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Higher Education Council. As a new University he developed working relationships with sponsoring bodies and other governmental agencies in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

In Ireland he has collaborated successfully with many agencies including Teagasc (Irish Agricultural Research and Advisory Board), the EPA, Bord na Mona, NPWS and NGOs including Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Peatland Conservation Council and the National Association of Regional Game Councils. I have also collaborated with academics in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Teagasc in research on REPS and on the Grey Partridge.

Lecturer in Biological Sciences

Jacqueline S. Daly, Dip (Applied Biology), Bsc (Hons),PhD 
Phone +353 1 4022333; Fax +353 1 4022355

Jacqueline Daly is a graduate in Biochemistry (Hons) from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). After her degree she carried out research for her PhD ‘The role of the cytokine tumour necrosis factor-alpha in genetic susceptibility to coeliac disease’ in the Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Following her PhD she was a Wellcome Trust Post- Doctoral Fellow (1999-2001) with TCD, investigating the role of inflammatory markers in a variety of conditions including: coeliac disease, hepatitis c, colon cancer and oesophageal cancer. She continued this research as a Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre (DMMC) Post Doctoral Fellow with the Institute of Molecular Medicine, St James’ Hospital, Dublin (2002 –2003). Dr Daly also held a part-time lectureship with the Department of Biological Sciences DIT (1994-2003). In 2003 she took up a full time lectureship with DIT in Biomedical Biotechnology and Cell Biology.

In 2004 Dr Daly joined the Division of Biology in RCSI where she lectures Human Biology, Molecular Medicine, and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology to Medical, Physiotherapy, and Pharmacy undergraduate students. She also lectures on postgraduate courses internal and external to the college and acts as an external course reviewer.

Dr Daly’s current biomedical research group focuses on the area of molecular diagnostics and therapeutics in bone disease, most specifically osteoporosis. For research group details please click here.

Dr Daly was also appointed as an Associate Vice Dean for Student Affairs (2008-2010). Her medical education research interests include academic advising, multicultural education, peer led teaching, and novel educational teaching strategies.

Senior Technician

  • John O'Brien, BSc (Hons) MSc (NUI)
    Phone +353 1 402 8632;
    Fax +353 1 4022355 

Senior Demonstrator

  • L. Corrigan BSc (NUI) 

Demonstrators (part time)

  • J. O’Hara BA (Mod), MSc (Dublin)
  • T. Mc Fadden BSc (NUI)
  • E. Tierney BSc (DCU)
  • L. E. Mulcahy BSc, MSc (NUI)