B. Therese Kinsella
B. Therese Kinsella received her B.S. (honor) (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees from the University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. She then took up a Postdoctoral post in the Biochemistry Department, UCC, including a short stay at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. From 1986 to 1989, she worked as a Senior Molecular Biologist at the Guinness Worldwide Research Centre, Dublin, Ireland. From 1989 to 1992, she took up a Senior Scientist position at the Weis Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, Geisinger Clinic, PA, USA, affiliated with Hershey Medical School. There, she was involved in elucidating the role of protein isoprenylation in regulating key aspects of signaling by p21ras, including members of the Rab and Rho subfamilies. In 1992, she took up an academic post at the University College Dublin (UCD), where she continues to run a research program at the Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research. A major focus of her research is on the role of prostanoids thromboxane A2 and prostacyclin in haemostasis and on other disease etiologies. Her research has been particularly concerned with dissecting the functional roles of the TPalpha and TPbeta isoforms of the human thromboxane A2 receptor in elucidating their mechanisms of signaling on the basis of their differential regulation and gene expression. Through parallel approaches, she also focuses on investigating the mechanisms of signaling and regulation of the prostacyclin receptor and of its gene. Professor Kinsella is currently an associate professor of biochemistry and has served as Deputy Head of UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science as the Director of Research and Innovation there (2005–2012). In recognition of her research achievements to date, she was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Medal for Biochemistry in 2000 and, in 2006, was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA). In 2008, she received the Gold Medal from the Biochemical Society (Irish area section).
Biography Updated on 20 April 2014