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Dr. Robin Flynn BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCHE

Title:

Graduate Studies Project Manager

School/ Department:

Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies

Campus:

Main Campus

OrcID Number:

0000-0001-5304-3088

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My Biography

Robin Flynn graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Hons) in zoology in 2004. He undertook an IRC funded PhD, supervised by Prof Grace Mulcahy, at UCD School of Veterinary Medicine between 2004-2007. During this period he worked on the impact of Fasciola hepatica infection on host immunity and immunoregulation during co-infection. Following his PhD he undertook a period of postdoctoral training with Dr Andrew McKenzie at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge. Here he was engaged in work attempting to identify the source and role of IL-25 in allergic airway disease and parasite infection. In 2009 he moved to the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine & Science where he became a Lecturer and established his own group working on the host immune response to parasite infection and understanding this for the purpose of improving vaccines and diagnostics. In 2014 he completed his post-graduate certificate in higher education and in 2015 he became an associate professor. In 2016 Robin moved to the Department of Infection Biology at IGH (now IVES) Liverpool where his group continued to work on the same themes, from 2018 until 2020 Robin was the Institute Director for Postgraduate Research at the same Insitute. 

In 2020 Robin returned to Ireland and in 2021 he took up his current post split between WIT and IT Carlow working on merging the Graduate Studies Offices of both Institutes in preparation for designation as a Technological University. 

Research

Research Interests:

From 2009-2020 I led a successful research group developing vaccines and diagnostic tools arising from in vivo/ex vivo immunological studies based in target and model species. This externally funded work was largely translational with industrial links on the majority of projects focusing on delivering impact through continuous engagement with stakeholders. I have secured competitively awarded funding totalling £1.9M from various research councils and charities.

To date I have supervised 5 PhD and 4 MSc research students to successful completion, alongside mentoring numerous technical and postdoctoral staff. 

Research Publications:

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5304-3088

5 key publications from 43 peer reviewed. 

  • Kobpornchai P, Tiffney, EA, Adisakwattana, P, and Flynn, RJ*. Trichinella spiralis cystatin, TsCstN, modulates STAT4/IL-12 to specifically suppress IFN-γ production. Cell. Immunol. 2021;362:104303.
  • Musah-Eroje, M, Hoyle, RC, Japa, O, Hodgkinson,JE, Haig, DM, Robin J Flynn, RJ*.A host-independent role for Fasciola hepatica TGF-like molecule in parasite development. Int. J Parasitol. 2021; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpara.2020.11.005
  • Sulaiman AA, Zolnierczyk K, Japa O, Owen JP, Maddison BC, Emes RD, Hodgkinson JE, Gough KC, Flynn RJ*. A Trematode Parasite Derived Growth Factor Binds and Exerts Influences on Host Immune Functions via Host Cytokine Receptor Complexes. PLoS Pathog. 2016;12(11):e1005991.
  • Poissonnier A, Sanséau D, Le Gallo M, Malleter M, Levoin N, Viel R, Morere L, Penna A, Blanco P, Dupuy A, Poizeau F, Fautrel A, Seneschal J, Jouan F, Ritz J, Forcade E, Rioux N, Contin-Bordes C, Ducret T, Vacher AM, Barrow PA, Flynn RJ*, Vacher P, Legembre P. CD95-Mediated Calcium Signaling Promotes T Helper 17 Trafficking to Inflamed Organs in Lupus-Prone Mice. Immunity. 2016;45(1):209-23.
  • Neill DR, Wong SH, Bellosi A, Flynn RJ, Daly M, Langford TK, Bucks C, Kane CM, Fallon PG, Pannell R, Jolin HE, McKenzie AN. Nuocytes represent a new innate effector leukocyte that mediates type-2 immunity. Nature. 2010;464(7293):1367-70.

In revision 2021:

  • Tiffney, EA, Coombes, JL, Legembre, PL, and Flynn, RJ*. Cleaved CD95L perturbs in vitro  macrophages responses to Toxoplasma gondii. Microbes and Infection – In revision/review

Teaching

At the University of Nottingham and Liverpool I gained extensive experience in the delivery of immunology, infectious disease, and biological sciences teaching at undergraduate level both on clinical and non-clinical degrees; this incorporated a blended style of delivery using problem-based learning, clinical relevance and traditional didactic lecturing and practical classes.  I have previously been a module convenor for taught programmes and also for undergraduate research modules and in addition to this have been part of teams that develop bespoke module content for external delivery. 

At a PGT level I have previously been a guest lecturer on the Dipolma in Bovine Reproduction at the University of Liverpool, alongside the delivery of research methods and topics in the MRes program at Liverpool.

While at the University of Nottingham I served as a Senior Tutor for Student Welfare for a number of years overseeing the delivery of pastoral care and professional development for undergraduates enrolled on the Veterinary Medicine Degree. 

Professional

I am currently a member of the Advance HE (formerly HEA UK) and have been an external examiner for the undergraduate degree at Royal Veterinary College (Y3) since 2018. Formerly, I was external examiner for immunology and parasitology at the School of Veterinary Medicine UCD. 

I currently serve as a sector editor for Parasitology Research and regularly review for journals in my field on an ad hoc basis. I am member of the European Veterinary Immunology Group (2018) and was previously president of the AVTRW (2015-2016).

I have been a member of the pool of experts for BBSRC Panel A since 2016.