Niall Barron was appointed NIBRT Principal Investigator and Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering in UCD in 2017. He obtained a BA(Mod) in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin and PhD in Applied Microbiology/Biochemistry from the University of Ulster in 1997. He spent three years at Baylor College of Medicine in Dr.Bert O’Malley’s lab as a postdoctoral scientist working on genome engineering strategies to study nuclear steroid receptor function. He then returned to Ireland to work with Prof.Martin Clynes on stem cell engineering at the National Cell and Tissue Culture Centre in DCU. Subsequently, as a senior scientist in the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB), he was instrumental in growing the mammalian cell engineering group with a specific focus on the production of recombinant therapeutic proteins.