Drug discovery, Disease Modelling, Cell Culturing, Microfluidics, Bioenergy and Biofuels Research
Finola has previously held positions as Research Scientist with Monaghan Biosciences Ltd., Research Assistant with the Molecular Glycobiotechnology Research Group at NUI, Galway, QC Engineering Technician with Vistakon Pharmaceuticals and as Environmental Laboratory Technician at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She also has experience in lecturing at the University of Limerick.
Her background covers a range of areas, particularly in mammalian, bacterial and fungal cell culturing, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical production, process optimisation, enzyme production, bioenergy/biofuels research and scale-up of processes. Her current position involves working as part of an interdisciplinary team of 10 people including engineers and scientists. Research activities include a number of thematic areas including cell culture (induced pluripotent stem (iPS), cancer and bacterial), disease modelling, compound screening, drug discovery, high-throughput screening and microfluidics
Finola was awarded her Ph.D. in Biopharmaceuticals in 2010 from the University of Limerick where she also obtained a B.Sc. in 2005 in Environmental Science. She is the author of 5 scientific publications and is a dedicated member of several societies including the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) and Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland (ESAI).
Cliffe, F.E. (2013) ‘Safety Norms and Regulations in Handling Fungal Specimens’ In: Laboratory Protocols in Fungal Biology: Current Methods in Fungal Biology . New York: Springer. http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-1-4614-2355-3
Ayyachamy, M, Gupta, V.K., Cliffe, F.E., Tuohy, M.G. (2013) ‘Enzymatic Saccharification of Lignocellulosic Biomass’ In: Gupta, V.K., Tuohy, M.G., Ayyachamy, M., Turner, K.M., O’Donovan, A (eds). Laboratory Protocols in Fungal Biology: Current Methods in Fungal Biology . New York: Springer. http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/plant+sciences/book/978-1-4614-2355-3
Ayyachamy,M., Cliffe,F.E., Coyne,J.M.,Collier, J. and Tuohy, M.G. (2013) ‘Lignin: untapped biopolymers in biomass conversion technologies’ Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery 3 (3):255-269. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13399-013-0084-4
O’Donovan,A., Cliffe, F.E., and Shier, M.C. (2012) ‘Fungal Metacaspases: An Overview’ In: Gupta, V.K. and Ayyachamy, M (eds). Biotechnology of Fungal Genes . Jersey: CRC Press.
Cliffe. F.E, Walsh, G., O’Dwyer, T.F. (2010) ‘Utilisation of phosphorus nutrient content in industrial scale plasmid DNA production: a waste minimisation study’. Journal Of Cleaner Production , 18 (10-11):1066-1072. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652610000600