DR SANDRA O’NEILL graduated with an Honours BSc in Applied Biology from Brunel University, UK and a PhD in Parasite Immunology from DCU in 1999. She obtained a permanent lecturing position in Dublin City University in 2000 and is now Head of the School of Biotechnology. She has secured >€2.5M in external research funding from national (SFI), UK (Welcome Trust) and EU funding agencies. She is President to the Irish Society for Parasitology, a committee member on the Irish Society of Immunology and an Associate Editor on the Journal of Immunology. She has published 53 manuscripts (45 peer-reviewed papers and a number leading chapters in her field, Total citations 1871, H index 22).