DR James Murphy

Jt Lecturer

Contact Details

School of Science
Dept Health and Nut Sciences
IT Sligo
Ash Lane

T: 00353719155239
E: murphy.james@itsligo.ie
W: http://www.itsligo.ie/


Lecturer in Human Biochemistry in the Dept Health and Nutritional Sciences as well as head of the Cellular Health and Toxicology Group. 

Dr Murphy has a long publication history in the area of mitochondrial biology that has enabled him develop research interests and subsequently contribute to a number of research disciplines using mitochondrial biology as the platform. He is active in the area of novel skin cancer and skin damage diagnostics as well as measuring the impact of physical training intensity, both of which employ mitochondrial marker development. He has an interest also in radiation biology (both ionising and non-ionising) relating to environmental and occupational exposure as well as radiotherapy exposure. Dr Murphy’s interest in cancer therapy and by extension non-targeted radiation damage to normal cells during radiotherapy has been extended to the evaluation of novel anti-tumour compounds. This research is made possible though collaborating with Medicinal Chemists in TCD and TUD. Dr Murphy’s research has recently expanded to include the evaluation of nutraceuticals and functional foods (as Dr Murphy contributes to the Human Nutrition undergraduate programme), initially focusing on cancer cells, though also extending to their impact on cell tolerance to stress and impact on the inflammatory response. This research marries nutrition with health and medicine Dr Murphy’s research capability and potential has been recognised in a number of awards over his career: (2008-2013) Awarded an SFI Stokes Lectureship to transfer his research from DIT to IT Sligo; (2002) Awarded an Arnold Graves Scholarship, Dublin Institute of Technology; (1998) Awarded a University College Dublin Open Post-Graduate Scholarship. He has won over 2 million euro in funding from public and private sources, including SFI, Invest NI and the Irish Research Council. He is senior author (first or last) in over 20 peer-reviewed publications. 8 PhD and 1MSc student have completed under his supervision (as of Q4 2020)

Dr Murphy collaborates with Sligo University Hospital; Beaumont Hospital Dublin; Mater Hospital Dublin; Newcastle University; Technological University Dublin; Trinity College Dublin; McMaster University Canada; ; ISHGA  Stornoway Scotland and previously with 
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil; University of Ulster Coleraine; Islander Kelp Co..Antrim and PBC Biomed Co. Clare

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2001 PhD University College Dublin
1995 BA(Mod) Hons Biochemistry Trinity College Dublin


  Committee Function From / To
GMM Committee Ordinary member /
Research & Innovation Committtee Ordinary member /

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
1/3 Advanced Nutrition NUTR07001Human Nutrition
2/2 Nutritional Biochemistry 2 NUTR06003Human Nutrition