James Keane, IRELAND

Dr. James Keane, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork

The role of the microbiota in disorders of the Gut-Brain axis

Dr James Keane is a molecular biologist and bioinformatician who currently holds a postdoctoral position at APC Microbiome Ireland, a research institute based at University College Cork. He graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Sports Science and Health from Dublin City University and completed his Master’s degree in Bioinformatics with Computational Biology at University College Cork. In 2013, James received his Ph.D from Bond University, located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia where his primary research interest was on examining the effects induced by the growth hormone / insulin-like growth factor axis on mitochondrial physiology. He continued his research into growth hormone at Bond University in a postdoctoral capacity, utilising gene profiling as a means of identifying potential biomarkers of its exogenous administration. His research is currently focused on understanding the role played by the brain-gut-microbiota axis in mediating the adverse birth and child neurodevelopmental outcomes associated with maternal prenatal stress.