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Jakki Cooney

Dr Jakki Cooney studied at Trinity College Dublin (B.A. Mod. Biochemistry, & Ph.D. Molecular Microbiology). Since 2007 she has been a Lecturer in Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Limerick. Dr Cooney has over 25 years’ experience as a Microbiologist and Protein Chemist. Her research interests lie in the analysis of protein structure, function, and catalysis, specifically relating to the role of proteases in bacterial-host interactions. She has attracted >€2M in funding from both National (including SFI, EI and IRC) and International (Sweden, New Zealand) funding agencies. Her career is built on her international experience within the University of Limerick; Lund University, Sweden; University of Victoria, Canada; Massey University, New Zealand and GSK, US. She has published highly cited, high impact papers in both microbiology and biochemistry.

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Zhihong Sun , Hugh M.B. Harris, Angela McCann, Chenyi Guo, Silvia Argimón, Wenyi Zhang, Xianwei Yang, Ian B. Jeffery, Jakki C. Cooney, Todd F. Kagawa ,Wenjun Liu  ,Yuqin Song, Elisa Salvetti, Agnieszka Wrobel, Pia Rasinkangas, Julian Parkhill, Mary C. Rea, Orla O’Sullivan, Jarmo Ritari, François P. Douillard, R. Paul Ross, Ruifu Yang , Alexandra E. Briner, Giovanna E. Felis, Willem M. de Vos,, Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer, Page W. Caufield, Yujun Cui , Heping Zhang, Paul W. O’Toole.  Expanding the biotechnology potential of lactobacilli through comparative genomics of 213 strains and associated genera.  Nat. Commun. 6:8322 doi: 10.1038/ncomms9322 (2015).

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Thornton RF, Murphy EC, Kagawa TF, O’Toole PW, Cooney JC. The effect of environmental conditions on expression of Bacteroides fragilis and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron C10 protease genes. BMC Microbiol. 2012 Sep 3;12:190. doi:10.1186/1471-2180-12-190. PubMed PMID: 22943521; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC3462683.