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Orla Keane

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



Orla’s research focuses on infection biology with an emphasis on host-pathogen interactions. An understanding of such interactions is increasingly important due to societal concern regarding the emergence of antibiotic and anthelmintic resistance, and the effect of climate change on pathogen epidemiology. Her research group aims to understand the role of host and pathogen genomic variation in controlling infection outcome and disease progression and in antibiotic/anthelmintic treatment failure. Pathogens of interest include bovine-associated Staphylococcus aureus and Teladorsagia circumcincta in sheep.

Research areas of interest for MSCA IF application:

  • The ovine immune response to gastrointestinal nematodes
  • The molecular basis of Staphylococcus aureus intramammary infection

Orla has supervised 3 PhD students to completion.  Her research group currently consists of 1 post-doc, 3 PhD students and 1 MSc student.