Ronan gained his Bachelor of Science in Genetics with first class honours from University College Cork, Ireland in 2010 and was awarded the title of College Scholar. In autumn 2010, Ronan was awarded an Irish Research Council PhD Scholarship to study novel biofilm inhibition strategies against the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the lab of Professor Fergal O’Gara. In 2014, Ronan joined the research group of Professor Alain Filloux at the MRC Centre for Bacteriology and Infection at Imperial College London. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ronan interrogated the second messenger signalling cascades that govern the biofilm mode of growth in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Following on from his time at Imperial College Ronan joined the Microbiology Department at the Animal and Plant Health Agency where he used host transcriptomics and pathway analysis to profile the host response to infection. He joined the Biosciences Division in Brunel University to continue his analysis of the regulatory networks that govern pathogenicity, antimicrobial resistance and biofilm formation in the Gram negative opportunistic pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii.
BB2716- Medical Microbiology- Lecturer
BB2802- Primary Literature Interrogation and Synthesis
Newest selected publications
Evgenia, M., Shi, Y., Sjöberg, F., Azevedo, HS., David, W. and McCarthy, R. (2020) 'An invertebrate burn wound model that recapitulates the hallmarks of burn trauma and infection seen in mammalian models.'. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11. pp. 1 - 27. ISSN: 1664-302X Open Access Link
McCleary, S., Strong, R., McCarthy, RR., Edwards, JC., Howes, EL., Stevens, LM., (2020) 'Substitution of warthog NF-κB motifs into RELA of domestic pigs is not sufficient to confer resilience to African swine fever virus'. Scientific Reports, 10 (1). pp. 8951. ISSN: 2045-2322 Open Access Linket al.
Reen, J., Gutierrez Barranquero, JA., McCarthy, R., Scarciglia, S., Woods, DF., Fog Nielsen, K., (2019) 'Quorum sensing signalling alters virulence potential and population dynamics in complex microbiome-host interactomes'. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1664-302X Open Access Linket al.
McCarthy, RR., Ullah, MW., Booth, P., Pei, E. and Yang, G. (2019) 'The use of bacterial polysaccharides in bioprinting'. Biotechnology Advances, 37 (8). pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 0734-9750 Open Access Link
McCarthy, R., Everett, H., Graham, SP., Steinbach, F. and Crooke, HR. (2019) 'Head Start Immunity: Characterising the early protection of C strain vaccine against subsequent classical swine fever virus infection'. Frontiers in Immunology, 10. pp. 1 - 34. ISSN: 1664-3224 Open Access Link