Research at NIBRT

Our research programmes cover all aspects of the biopharma manufacturing process

NIBRT Research

NIBRT performs world class, industry-aligned research in all areas of biopharmaceutical manufacturing with the overarching aim of delivering practical solutions for the biopharma industry.

Driving integration of the key components of manufacturing (process, facilities and infrastructure) to enable greater degrees of productivity and “right first time” product quality is a key deliverable of this research.

The NIBRT strategy in manufacturing research focuses on enhanced product quality and productivity. To achieve this, there are four central strands of research that are interconnected by NIBRT’s Principal Investigators. These elements; Cell Biology and Engineering, Bioanalytics, Advanced Manufacturing and Bioinformatics and Data Analytics span the disciplines of molecular biology, bioprocess engineering, protein analytics and bioinformatics.

Many biopharmaceutical themes are supported by the NIBRT research strategy such as technology innovation, cell line development, continuous processing and single use technologies. These areas of research along with many others are reinforced by the numerous relationships that NIBRT has developed with funding institutions, academic partners and industry associations.

NIBRT Science Advisory Board:

Dr Robert Baffi, Prof Martin Clynes, Prof. Charles Cooney,  Dr Matt Croughan, Prof Gavin Davey, Prof Alan Dickson, Prof. Brian Glennon, Dr Brendan Hughes, Prof Barry Karger, Barry McCarthy, Prof. Pauline Rudd

The NIBRT Research Team

Our research team cover all aspects of the biopharma manufacturing process

Elizabeth Topp

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Topp holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (BChE) from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in engineering (ME) from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan.

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Michael Butler

Principal Investigator

Michael Butler is Principal Investigator the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), Adjunct Full Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, Canada.

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Pauline Rudd

Principal Investigator

Professor Pauline M. Rudd PhD, MA (Oxon), BSc, LRIC, FISSR is the NIBRT Professor of Glycobiology at University College, Dublin.

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Jonathan Bones

Prinicipal Investigator

Dr. Bones obtained his BSc in Analytical Science (Chemistry) and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Dublin City University (DCU) under the guidance of Prof. Brett Paull.

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Niall Barron

Principal Investigator

Niall Barron was appointed NIBRT Principal Investigator and Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering in UCD in 2017.

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Colin Clarke

Principal Investigator

Dr. Clarke graduated with a PhD in Bioinformatics from Cranfield University, UK, and specialises in the application of multivariate statistics and machine learning algorithms to high dimensional data.

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Radka Fahey

Starting Investigator

Dr Fahey joined the GlycoScience group in May 2005 as a Research Assistant and defended her PhD at the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague in November 2007.

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NIBRT Research Office

Jennifer Byrne

Research Programme Manager

Ciara McManus

Senior Research Contracts and IP Officer

Lara Gibney

Research Support Administrator



Research Integrity NIBRT

NIBRT is committed to promoting the performance of research to the highest standards of
professionalism and rigour by its staff and students, and to the accuracy and integrity of the research
record in publications and elsewhere. NIBRT aims to promote integrity in research through good
example, training and open discussion of issues of research integrity.

Case Studies

Tyndall National Institute

Working with theTyndall National Institute Tyndall National Institute, Cork, and the National Institute for Bioprocessing…

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

  NIBRT & ThermoFisher Scientific NIBRT are developing workflows using ThermoFisher Scientific technology including the…

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