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New Head of Teagasc Animal and Bioscience Research Department

Teagasc has appointed Professor David Kenny as head of its Animal and Bioscience Research Department. He takes over from Michael Diskin who retired last year. The Teagasc Animal and Bioscience Research Department (ABRD) was founded in 2008.

It rapidly expanded, linking Animal Bioscience with previously existing animal science research areas in Teagasc. The main animal bioscience facilities are located at the Teagasc research centre, Grange in County Meath from where Professor Kenny will lead the Department. The Department also comprises facilities and staff spread across two other Teagasc research centres; Teagasc Moorepark in County Cork, and Teagasc Athenry in County Galway.

Professor Kenny qualified with a first class honours B.Agr.Sc. (Animal Science) from University College Dublin, followed by a PhD. in nutrition and reproductive physiology of cattle, also at UCD. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Molecular Medicine from Trinity College Dublin, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development from Irish Management Institute/University College Cork.

Professor Kenny has worked as a Principal Research Officer in Teagasc since November 2011. Prior to that he was a Lecturer at the School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin. In his early career he worked for the Department of agriculture and as an adviser with Teagasc.

Speaking following his appointment, Professor David Kenny said; “I look forward to working with colleagues in Teagasc and in partner research organisations, to effectively tackle the many biologically based issues that face the livestock sector, in an integrated and focussed manner. “

Head of the Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation programme, Professor Pat Dillon said; “During his time in Teagasc Professor Kenny has demonstrated strong leadership, having mentored 17 PhD and 8 Masters degree postgraduate students to completion, as primary supervisor and a further 13 PhD students as co-supervisor. He also has a strong publication record, having published 176 full length peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, four book chapters and more than 250 abstracts at national and international conferences.”