Adiba Promoted to Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic

Congratulations to Adiba Azad who got promoted to Assistant Professor at Mayo Clinic!

Lydia Awarded CIS-Luminex John R. Kettman Award

The 2022 ICIS-Luminex John R. Kettman Award for Excellence in Cytokine & Interferon Research Mid-career recognizes Lydia Lynch’s outstanding contributions to the field of cytokine biology, innate lymphoid cells, and established leadership in the field of immunometabolism.

Claire awarded CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Claire who was awarded the CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her research seeks to clarify how dietary factors, particularly high-fat and high-cholesterol diets, contribute to tumor growth and immune responses, potentially offering insights into cancer prevention and treatment through dietary interventions.

Sven Gard’s Scholarship award for Katie Healy

A huge honour for Kerry native Katie Healy as she is granted the Sven Gard’s scholarship award. This is awarded to the best dissertation in virology in the Karolinska Institute. Her dissertation was titled the ‘Potential role of MAIT cells in cancer immunotherapy and viral infection’.

Harry and Genna Kane Wedding

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Room 632 is home to a bunch of wonderful female scientists from all corners of the globe.

Lydia receives the Early Career Mentoring Award

Lydia was the recipient of the 2020 Department of Medicine Early Career Mentoring Award. Thanks for all your support Lydia!

Roisin is awarded the Irish Cancer Society 2019 biomedical research fellowship!

Roisin Loftus was recently awarded the Irish Cancer Society 2019 biomedical research fellowship to advance obesity-associated cancer research in Ireland. Recent research from the Lynch lab has shown that obesity blocks the normal functions of Natural Killer cells, which may contribute to the increased risk of cancer in obesity. The focus of Roisin’s ICS fellowship is to investigate how the type of dietary fat we eat differentially shapes the metabolism and function of Natural Killer cells.

Roisin would like to thank the Irish Cancer Society for funding this important research and all the volunteers and supporters for their contributions to help raise awareness about obesity-associated cancers.

Metabolic reprogramming of natural killer cells in obesity limits anti-tumor responses

Posing for a photo!

A recent publication by the Lynch Lab on how cancer-fighting natural killer cells are inactivated during obesity has been picked up by several news outlets!

Well done guys!

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NK cell cartoon

Thank you Pedromics for the cartoon based on our recent paper in ‘Nature Immunology’ – “Metabolic Reprogramming of Natural Killer cells in obesity limits anti-tumor responses. Looks great!

See it here:

Congratulations to Dr. Ayano Kohlgruber!

Congratulations to Dr. Ayano Kohlgruber PhD!

Congratulations to Dr. Ayano Kohlgruber!

Lydia meets with the President!

Lydia met with President Michael D. Higgins at the SFI President of Ireland Future Research Leader Awards!

Ayano Kohlgruber wins poster prize at CD1-MR1 international conference Napa 2017

Congratulations to Ayano Kohlgruber on her prize-winning poster ‘Gamma-delta T cells producing IL-17A regulate adipose Treg Homeostasis and thermogenesis‘.

Immunity publication, commentary by Emilie Narni-Mancinelli and Eric Vivier

Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) residing in adipose tissue participate in the pathogenesis of obesity, but their contribution toward adipose tissue homeostasis in the lean state is unclear. Boulenouar et al. (2017) now report that heterogenous type 1 ILCs in adipose tissues regulate macrophage homeostasis through cytotoxicity.

Ireland’s 40 under 40 you should know

From business to politics and sport to science, they’re the next generation talents putting Ireland on the map. Andrea smith rounds up 40 Irish people under 40, whose names you’ll want to drop.


Dr. Lydia Lynch selected for Women on Walls

There’s a severe dearth of women in portaits on Irish walls, and the Royal Irish Academy is doing its bit to redress the balance.


Irish Women of the World: Health adviser Liz Shanahan and other science success stories

At the coalface of groundbreaking scientific and health research all over the world are these eight pioneering women…


Lynch Honored with Junior Faculty Career Development Award

Lydia Lynch, PhD, of the Division of Endocrinology, was recently awarded a Junior Faculty Career Development Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for her work investigating the positive role of iNKT cells in diabetes and obesity.

The Junior Faculty Career Development Award is given to new principal investigators working in the field of diabetes and provides scientists with $550,000 in funding over four years to continue their work researching the disease.


Beefing up a protective cell to tackle diabetes and obesity

Prof Lydia Lynch has secured ERC funding to look at how immune cells can tackle obesity and diabetes.

Harvard Gazette

Study finds that natural killer T-cells in fat tissue guard against obesity

Researchers at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have found that a type of immune system cell once thought rare in humans is actually plentiful in fat cells and protects against obesity and the metabolic syndrome that leads to diabetes.