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Kieran Meade

Teagasc Animal & Bioscience Department, Grange, Dunsany, Co. Meath, Ireland C15 PW93



Bovine Immunology ‘One Health’ Research Group

We investigate the induction, expression and manipulation of host defence peptides (HDPs) to breed cattle with superior disease resistance as well as their use in adjunct therapeutic and vaccination strategies.

Key to controlling zoonotic infections is to reduce the burden of disease at source, and enormous potential exists for research impact on bovine immunology to enhance sustainable livestock production and also to protect the food chain & human health.

Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application:

  • Mycobacterial efficacy of HDPs
  • Antiviral efficacy of HDPs
  • HDP copy number variation in the bovine genome
  • Immunomodulatory activity of HDPs
  • Epigenetic regulation of HDPs

Dr Meade leads a productive group consisting of postdoctoral researchers, 6 PhD students, 2 MSc students and a number of undergraduates.

A Marie Curie fellowship represents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to contribute to cutting edge projects, and develop their own distinct research career track. Teagasc have also established a postdoctoral development programme to enhance the acquisition of transferrable skills. Based in the new state of the art Bioscience Research Facility in Co. Meath, the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre is a major initiative to expand Teagasc’s capacity for advanced and translational research in animal bioscience. Collaborative expertise and training will also be available via a number of leading national and international scientists.