Therese Kinsella received her B.S. (honors) (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees from the University College Cork, Ireland. She then took up a one-year postdoctoral post at the Biochemical Departmnet, UCC, and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salt Lake City, USA. From 1986 to 1989, she worked as a Senior Molecular Biologist at the Guinness Worldwide Research Centre, Dublin. 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 the critical aspects of signalling by p21ras and its superfamily, including of 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 ofBiomolecular & Biomed Research. A major focus of her research is in the role of prostanoids thromboxane A2 and prostaglandin I2/prostacyclin in haemostasis. There, she 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 and in the basis of their differential regulation and gene expression. Through parallel/complementary approaches, she also focuses on investigating the mechanisms of intracellular signalling and regulation of the prostacyclin receptor and of its gene. Moreover, Kinsella is currently an Associate Professor of biochemistry and the Deputy Head of UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science and is the Director of Research & Innovation there. 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 as a Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA). In 2008, she received the Gold Medal from the Biochemical Society (Irish area section).
Biography Updated on 10 January 2010