Department of Life Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Life Sciences

In this department, we focus on the medical and pharmaceutical industry, as well as forensic investigation and analysis. We provide cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art laboratories, and work closely within industry to bring the latest research and developments into our programmes.

Our students will primarily spend their time on practical work and gaining first-hand experience in their chosen field, through work placements and specialised, interactive modules. Our programmes in this department, ranging from level 7 to level 8 are: Pharmaceutical Science and Drug Development, Forensic Investigation and Analysis, Biomedical Science and Medical Biotechnology. To learn more about your programme of interest see below.

What type of student are you?

You are intrigued by the latest advances in technology and how these are being used in developing life-saving medicines around the world. You want a challenging but rewarding career that put your problem-solving skills to the test.


Meet the Head of Department

Professor Neville McClenaghan
Professor Neville McClenaghan

Professor Neville McClenaghan joined IT Sligo in November 2020 as Head of Department of Life Sciences, having previously served as Vice-President for Mayo Campus of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, and Professor and Head of School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. He is a Chartered Biologist (CBiol) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS); and Fellow of The Linnean Society (FLS).

A personal sustained record of teaching and research leadership, management and delivery, supported and helped drive Neville’s engagement in multi-disciplinary academic enterprise activities, including authorship of patents and over 190 publications. He is an internationally recognised expert in diabetes research, and has been recipient of awards that include: the University of Ulster Distinguished Research Fellowship Award; The Physiological Society Sharpey-Schafer Prize and Lecture; University of Ulster Distinguished Business Fellowship Award; Coleraine Borough Chamber Innovation in Business Award; and European ACES Academic Enterprise Award for Innovation in Life Sciences.

Contact us

Professor Neville McClenaghan
Head of Department of Life Sciences
+353 (0) 719305232

Department Staff

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Staff NamePositionDepartment
Armstrong, Dr Eileen Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Barrett, Dr Sharon Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Bird, Dr Jeremy HEAD OF SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Life Sciences
Bodeker, Dr Macdara Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Breen, Dr Ailish Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Butler, Ms Mary Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Cadogan, Dr Aodhmar Jt Assistant Registrar Life Sciences
Campion, Dr Eva Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Daly, Dr Stephen Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Dowling, Dr Geraldine Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Duignan, Ms Geraldine Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Graceffa, Miss Valeria Jt Assistant Lecturer Life Sciences
Hehir, Dr Sarah Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Heneghan, Dr Mary Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Khan, Dr Umar Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Lang, Dr Yvonne Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Larkin, Dr Annemarie Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Manolakis, Dr Ioannis Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
McArdle, Dr Fiona Jt Sl1(T) Life Sciences
McCabe, Dr Anthony Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Mcclenaghan, Prof Neville Jt Head of Dept of Life Sciences Life Sciences
O'reilly, Dr Shane Jt Assistant Lecturer Life Sciences
Sherlock, Dr Richard Jt Lecturer Life Sciences
Solovyev, Dr Nikolay Jt Assistant Lecturer Life Sciences
Stevens, Ms Victoria ASSISTANT LECTURER Life Sciences
Warren, Ms Orla ASSISTANT LECTURER Life Sciences