IT Sligo Staff Profiles

Dr Owen Kenny

Jt Assistant Lecturer

Contact Details

Lecturer
Health & Nutritional Sciences
B2209

T: +353719305515
E: kenny.owen@itsligo.ie
W: https://www.linkedin.com/in/owen-kenny-lecturer-human-nutrition-it-sligo/
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Kenny received a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from University College Dublin (2009).  Afterwards, Owen undertook a Walsh Fellowship PhD position with Teagasc, where he was later awarded his PhD in Natural Product Chemistry & Pharmacognosy by University College Dublin (2014). Since then, Owen has worked in various research and academic roles within Teagasc Food Research Centre, University College Dublin and the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast. At IT Sligo, Owen is responsible for the coordination of modules related to Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Science, Final Year Projects & Industrial Placement. His research interests include; natural product chemistry, food & nutritional analysis, food sustainability and antimicrobial resistance.

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
Using food product waste streams as a sustainable source of natural components capable of enhancing the efficacy of antibiotics against resistant bacteria. Supervisor n/a 01-JAN-21
Circular eating: Revalorisation of food waste for the production of healthy, nutritionally-dense and sensory-acceptable food products. Co-Supervisor n/a 01-JAN-21
SEASOLUTIONS: Seaweeds and seaweed-ingredients to reduce enteric methane emissions from pasture-based sheep, cattle and dairy cows. Supervisor n/a 01-JAN-21
The use of protein hydrolysates to generate high protein foods acceptable to older adults. Co-Supervisor n/a 01-SEP-20
Reinstating the importance of medicinal foods: A viable pathway to discovering novel drug therapies against the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Supervisor n/a 01-SEP-17

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2016) 'In vitro protocols for measuring the antioxidant capacity of algal extracts'
Kenny, O., Brunton, N.P., & Smyth, T.J. (2016) 'In vitro protocols for measuring the antioxidant capacity of algal extracts' In: Stengel, D.B. & Connan, S (eds). Natural products from marine algae. Methods in Molecular Biology. New York: Springer Science & Business Media. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Sinapinic and protocatechuic acids found in rapeseed: isolation, characterisation and potential benefits for human health as functional food ingredients'
Quinn, L., Gray, S.G., Meaney, S., Finn, S., Kenny, O. & Hayes, M (2017) 'Sinapinic and protocatechuic acids found in rapeseed: isolation, characterisation and potential benefits for human health as functional food ingredients'. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 56 (1):104-119 [Details]
(2017) 'Evaluating the Antibacterial Properties of Polyacetylene and Glucosinolate Compounds with Further Identification of Their Presence within Various Carrot (Daucus carota) and Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) Cultivars Using HPLC-DAD and UPLC-MS analysis'
Hinds, L., Kenny, O., Hossain, M.B., Walsh, D., Sheey, E., Evans, P., Gaffney, M., Rai, D.K. (2017) 'Evaluating the Antibacterial Properties of Polyacetylene and Glucosinolate Compounds with Further Identification of Their Presence within Various Carrot (Daucus carota) and Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) Cultivars Using HPLC-DAD and UPLC-MS analysis'. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 65 (33):7186-7191 [Details]
(2016) 'The chemical and antioxidant stability of isolated low molecular weight phlorotannins'
Kirke, D.A., Smyth, T.J., Rai, D.K., Kenny, O., Stengel, D.B. (2016) 'The chemical and antioxidant stability of isolated low molecular weight phlorotannins'. Food Chemistry, 221 :1104-1112 [Details]
(2015) 'Characterisation of antimicrobial extracts from dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) using LC-SPE-NMR'
Kenny, O., Brunton, N.P., Walsh, D., Hewage, C.M., McLoughlin, P., & Smyth, T.J. (2015) 'Characterisation of antimicrobial extracts from dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) using LC-SPE-NMR'. Phytotherapy Research, [Details]
(2014) 'Investigating the potential of under-utilised plants from the Asteraceae family as a source of natural antimicrobial and antioxidant extracts'
Kenny, O., Smyth, T.J., Walsh, D., Kelleher, C.T., Hewage, C.M., & Brunton, N.P. (2014) 'Investigating the potential of under-utilised plants from the Asteraceae family as a source of natural antimicrobial and antioxidant extracts'. Food Chemistry, 161 :79-86 [Details]
(2014) 'Quantification of caffeoylquinic acid derivatives in bioactivity-guided fractions of an antioxidant ethyl acetate extract from dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root'
Kenny, O., Smyth, T.J., Hewage, C.M., & Brunton, N.P (2014) 'Quantification of caffeoylquinic acid derivatives in bioactivity-guided fractions of an antioxidant ethyl acetate extract from dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root'. International Journal of Food Science and Technology, [Details]
(2014) 'Anti-inflammatory effects of wild Irish mushroom extracts in RAW 264.7 mouse macrophage cells'
O’Callaghan, Y.C., O’Brien, N.M., Kenny, O., Harrington, T., Brunton, N.P., & Smyth, T.J. (2014) 'Anti-inflammatory effects of wild Irish mushroom extracts in RAW 264.7 mouse macrophage cells'. Journal Of Medicinal Food, [Details]
(2014) 'Antioxidant properties and quantitative UPLC-MS/MS analysis of phenolic compounds in dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root extracts'
Kenny, O., Smyth, T.J., Hewage, C.M., & Brunton, N.P (2014) 'Antioxidant properties and quantitative UPLC-MS/MS analysis of phenolic compounds in dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root extracts'. 4 (1):55-61 [Details]
(2013) '4-hydroxyphenylacetic acid derivatives of inositol from dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root characterised using LC-SPE-NMR and LC-MS techniques'
Kenny, O., Smyth, T.J., Hewage, C.M., & Brunton, N.P., McLoughlin, P. (2013) '4-hydroxyphenylacetic acid derivatives of inositol from dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root characterised using LC-SPE-NMR and LC-MS techniques'. Phytochemistry, 98 :197-203 [Details]
(2013) 'Antioxidant properties and quantitative UPLC-MS analysis of phenolic compounds from extracts of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds and bitter melon (Momordica charantia) fruit'
Kenny, O., Smyth, T.J., Hewage, C.M., & Brunton, N.P. (2013) 'Antioxidant properties and quantitative UPLC-MS analysis of phenolic compounds from extracts of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds and bitter melon (Momordica charantia) fruit'. Food Chemistry, 141 (4):4295-4302 [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Planning & Coordination Member 2019 /
Research & Innovation Member 2019 /
Academic Council Member 2019 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
IT Sligo Asst. Lecturer 01-SEP-17 /
Queen's University Belfast Postdoctoral Researcher 01-SEP-16 /
UCD Lecturer - Food Chemistry 01-OCT-15 /
Helsinn Birex QC Analyst 01-JUL-15 /
Teagasc Postdoctoral Researcher & Analyst 01-JUL-14 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2009 University College Dublin BSc Biochemistry
2014 University College Dublin PhD Natural Product Chemistry

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
202000 Nutrition Research Project 38724Nutrition Research Project
202000 Nutrition placement 38742Nutrition placement
202000 Research Methods 40494Research Methods
202000 Food Science 38681Food Science
202000 Nutritional Biochemistry 1 40459Nutritional Biochemistry 1