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The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) is a world class institute that provides research and training solutions for the bioprocessing industry and is located in the University College Dublin campus. NIBRT is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. NIBRT is funded by the Industrial Development Agency of Ireland (IDA) with a mandate to support the development of the existing bioprocessing industry in Ireland and to attract additional bioprocessing companies by ensuring the availability of highly skilled personnel and conducting world class research in key areas of bioprocessing.

Prof. Pauline M. Rudd is the NIBRT Professor of Glycobiology at UCD and is an expert in the fields of glycobiology and glycan analysis. In 2006 her research team relocated from the Oxford Glycobiology Institute and are currently located at NIBRT in the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and has seventeen postdoctoral fellows, three research assistants and one PhD student.

Role in the Project

Prof. Rudd and her team (Dr Radka Fahey) will participate in WP2. They will select and optimise new sub 2μm HILIC stationary phases for high throughput glycan analysis. They will also tailor their technology for HTP use in the validation of the candidate glycobiomarkers.

Qualifications and Expertise

Prof. Pauline M. Rudd is the Principle Investigator of the NIBRT Dublin-Oxford Glycobiology Laboratory and is also a Professor of Glycobiology at University College Dublin. She obtained her PhD from the Open University and was then based in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford as a Reader in Glycobiology. Prof. Rudd has authored in excess of 150 publications and is a recognised expert in the field of protein glycosylation.

Prof. Rudd will be supported by Dr. Mark Hiliard who is an expert in liquid chromatographic separations with mass spectrometric detection and stationary phase design, Dr. Weston Struwe who is highly experienced in the area of glycan mass spectrometry and Dr. Niaobh McLoughlin who is expert in proteomics.

The NIBRT Dublin-Oxford Glycobiology Laboratory has provided state of the art technology for glycan analysis that is now used in many laboratories worldwide and hosts an impressive range of modern analytical instrumentation including HPLC, UPLC, CE, 2-DE and LC-MS instruments.