Dr Kevin Kavanagh (Chief Scientific Officer)

Kevin Kavanagh is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Kevin has a long standing interest in the immune systems of insects and in studying structural and functional similarities with the innate immune systems of mammals. Kevin has a PhD in Fungal Biotechnology.

His recent research has focused on the similarities between immune cells of insects (haemocytes) and one of the main immune cells of mammals (neutrophils).

Kevin has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and has attracted funding of approximately €5 million from national and international agencies in his academic career. He has an extremely active research group, and has graduated 17 PhD students since his appointment in 1995. The quality of his research has been recognised internationally, and he has been invited to sit on many grant bodies. He has also been asked to edit key textbooks for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.