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Professor Stephen Pennington, PhD, ARCS

Professor Stephen Pennington, PhD, ARCS


  • Group Leader, Proteomics, University College Dublin, UCD Conway Institute


  • PhD at University of Cambridge
  • BSc, ARCS at Imperial College, University of London



Prof Pennington graduated from Imperial College of Science and Technology (University of London) with a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry before completing a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.  

During his PhD he was awarded an Elmore Medical Research Fellowship.  It was during this fellowship that his interests in the regulation of the mammalian cell cycle began. The subject of his research that was continued when he moved the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool to take up a post as a Wellcome Trust funded lecturer.  

While working as a Lecturer and later as a Senior Lecturer, his research included the use of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE), which was subsequently combined with mass spectrometry for protein characterisation.  

Prof Pennington has been active in the practical implementation of collaborative proteomics projects and set up a multi-user proteomics facility at the University of Liverpool that served as a 'prototype' for the facility he established when he moved to the Conway Institute in 2003. His vision for the development of proteomics in UCD has been to use his expertise and experience to apply proteomics (in its broadest definition) to a diverse range of research programmes. Of particular interest are the development of translational clinical translational projects that align research results to the clinical setting and the development of methods for the discovery and subsequent quantitative measurement of proteomic biomarkers.

Prof Pennington received a Sir Henry Wellcome Commemorative Award for Innovative Research, and has been Director of Research and member of the Board of a Cambridge-based seed-corn funded fledgling biotech company. He has served in small scale consultancy capacities for a number of commercial organizations, and has given many presentations in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia, including two industry funded lecture tours of Asia, where he gave presentations in Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

He is on the editorial board of several journals, including in a more senior capacity for 'Proteomics' and the 'Journal of Proteomics' and regularly reviews manuscripts and grants for a number of international organisations.

Proteomics, Laser Capture, Biomarkers, Systems Biology, Protein Networks.

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