Research Profile

John Morrissey

Biography

John Morrissey graduated in 1990 from University College Cork with a BSc in Microbiology. He subsequently moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany to carry out research for his PhD in the area of yeast cell biology and was awarded a PhD for this research in 1994. His post-doctoral research career brought him first to the University of California, Berkeley, USA (1995-1997) and then to the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich, UK (1998-2000). In 2000, he took up research and teaching positions at UCC and since 2003 has led his own research group of postgraduate and post-doctoral scientists working in the area of yeast biotechnology. He has published extensively and his work has been widely cited in the field (2020; Scopus, h-index 39). His contribution to the scientific field and yeast community is exemplified by extensive paper and grant reviewing activity and membership of International committees and Boards. He is the current Editor in Chief of FEMS Yeast Research, represents Ireland on the International Commission for Yeasts (ICY), is a Board Member of Microbial Biotechnology Division of the European Federation of Biotechnology, and is an elected Council Member of the Microbiology Society.


Research Interests

Research Overview  
·      Yeast Biotechnology
·      Yeast Biodiversity and Ecology
·      Sustainability and Industrial Biotechnology

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Hexose transport in Torulaspora delbrueckii: identification of Igt1, a new dual-affinity transporter'
Pacheco A.;Donzella L.;Hernandez-Lopez M.;Almeida M.;Prieto J.;Randez-Gil F.;Morrissey J.;Sousa M. (2020) 'Hexose transport in Torulaspora delbrueckii: identification of Igt1, a new dual-affinity transporter'. FEMS yeast research, 20 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Rational engineering of Kluyveromyces marxianus to create a chassis for the production of aromatic products'
Rajkumar, AS;Morrissey, JP (2020) 'Rational engineering of Kluyveromyces marxianus to create a chassis for the production of aromatic products'. Microbial Cell Factories, 19 [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Stress-induced expression is enriched for evolutionarily young genes in diverse budding yeasts'
Doughty T.W.;Domenzain I.;Millan-Oropeza A.;Montini N.;de Groot P.A.;Pereira R.;Nielsen J.;Henry C.;Daran J.M.G.;Siewers V.;Morrissey J.P. (2020) 'Stress-induced expression is enriched for evolutionarily young genes in diverse budding yeasts'. Nature Communications, 11 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Expansion and Diversification of MFS Transporters in Kluyveromyces marxianus'
Varela, JA;Puricelli, M;Montini, N;Morrissey, JP (2019) 'Expansion and Diversification of MFS Transporters in Kluyveromyces marxianus'. Frontiers In Microbiology, 9 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Biological Parts for Kluyveromyces marxianus Synthetic Biology'
Rajkumar, AS;Varela, JA;Juergens, H;Daran, JMG;Morrissey, JP (2019) 'Biological Parts for Kluyveromyces marxianus Synthetic Biology'. Frontiers In Bioengineering And Biotechnology, 7 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Origin of Lactose Fermentation in Kluyveromyces lactis by Interspecies Transfer of a Neo-functionalized Gene Cluster during Domestication'
Varela, JA;Puricelli, M;Ortiz-Merino, RA;Giacomobono, R;Braun-Galleani, S;Wolfe, KH;Morrissey, JP (2019) 'Origin of Lactose Fermentation in Kluyveromyces lactis by Interspecies Transfer of a Neo-functionalized Gene Cluster during Domestication'. Current Biology, 29 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Innovative training networks: Overview of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD training model'
Doonan F.;Taylor L.;Branduardi P.;Morrissey J. (2018) 'Innovative training networks: Overview of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD training model'. Fems Microbiology Letters, 365 (19) [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Genome editing in Kluyveromyces and Ogataea yeasts using a broad-host-range Cas9/gRNA co-expression plasmid'
Juergens, H;Varela, JA;de Vries, ARG;Perli, T;Gast, VJM;Gyurchev, NY;Rajkumar, AS;Mans, R;Pronk, JT;Morrissey, JP;Daran, JMG (2018) 'Genome editing in Kluyveromyces and Ogataea yeasts using a broad-host-range Cas9/gRNA co-expression plasmid'. FEMS yeast research, 18 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'A Yeast-Based Biosensor for Screening of Short- and Medium-Chain Fatty Acid Production'
Baumann, L;Rajkumar, AS;Morrissey, JP;Boles, E;Oreb, M (2018) 'A Yeast-Based Biosensor for Screening of Short- and Medium-Chain Fatty Acid Production'. ACS Synthetic Biology, 7 :2640-2646 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Ploidy Variation in Kluyveromyces marxianus Separates Dairy and Non-dairy Isolates'
Ortiz-Merino, RA;Varela, JA;Coughlan, AY;Hoshida, H;da Silveira, WB;Wilde, C;Kuijpers, NGA;Geertman, JM;Wolfe, KH;Morrissey, JP (2018) 'Ploidy Variation in Kluyveromyces marxianus Separates Dairy and Non-dairy Isolates'. Frontiers In Genetics, 9 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Transcriptional Response to Lactic Acid Stress in the Hybrid Yeast Zygosaccharomyces parabailii'
Ortiz-Merino, RA;Kuanyshev, N;Byrne, KP;Varela, JA;Morrissey, JP;Porro, D;Wolfe, KH;Branduardi, P (2018) 'Transcriptional Response to Lactic Acid Stress in the Hybrid Yeast Zygosaccharomyces parabailii'. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2013)'Marine Sponges- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology'
Jackson, S.A., Kennedy, J., Margassery, L.M., Flemer, B., O’Leary, N.P., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2013) 'Marine Sponges- Molecular Biology and Biotechnology' In: Handbook of Marine Biotechnology. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. [Details]
(2013)'Marine sponges –Molecular Biology and Biotechnology'
Jackson S.A., Kennedy, J. Margassery, L. M., Flemer, B., O’ Leary, N. D., Morrissey, J. P., O’ Gara, F. and Dobson, ADW (2013) 'Marine sponges –Molecular Biology and Biotechnology' In: Handbook of Marine Biotechnology. NY: Springer. [Details]
(2013)'Metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes with biotechnological application from marine ecosystems'
Kennedy, J., Margassery, L.M., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W (2013) 'Metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes with biotechnological application from marine ecosystems' In: Marine Enzymes for Biocatalysis. UK: Woodhead. [Details]
(2013)'Encyclopedia of Metagenomics Vol. IV, Animal Metagenomics'
Kennedy, J., Jackson, S.A., Morrissey, J.P., O'Gara, F., Dobson A.D.W. (2013) 'Encyclopedia of Metagenomics Vol. IV, Animal Metagenomics' In: Marine Invertebrate Animal Metagenomics, Porifera. New York: Springer Reference. [Details]
(2013)'Marine Invertebrate Animal Metagenomics, Porifera'
Kennedy, J., Jackson. S.A., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2013) 'Marine Invertebrate Animal Metagenomics, Porifera' In: Encyclopedia of Metagenomics. USA: Springer. [Details]
(2008)'Biological activity of plant secondary metabolites. In (Ed AE Osbourn). Kluwer Press, Dordrecht. In Press'
Morrissey JP ; (2008) 'Biological activity of plant secondary metabolites. In (Ed AE Osbourn). Kluwer Press, Dordrecht. In Press' In: Biological activity of plant secondary metabolites. In (Ed AE Osbourn). Kluwer Press, Dordrecht. In Press. *: *. [Details]
(2004)'Biosynthesis of antifungal metabolites by biocontrol strains of Pseudomonas'
Morrissey, JP., Abbas, A., Mark, L., Cullinane, M., and O'Gara, F.; (2004) 'Biosynthesis of antifungal metabolites by biocontrol strains of Pseudomonas' In: The Pseudomonads, Vol. III. London: Kluwer Press. [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2008)5th International Aspergillis Meeting (Asperfest)
Power, T., Dobson, AD and Morrissey JP. ; (2008) Investigating the link between TORC1 signalling and Nitrogen metabolism in Aspergillus fumigatus 5th International Aspergillis Meeting (Asperfest) [Details]
(2006)FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Mark G.;Morrissey J.;Higgins P.;O'Gara F. (2006) Molecular-based strategies to exploit Pseudomonas biocontrol strains for environmental biotechnology applications FEMS Microbiology Ecology , pp.167-177 [DOI] [Details]
(2005)Annual Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology (July 2005)
Mark, G.L., Abbas, A., Kiely, P., Haynes, J., Higgins, H., Morrissey, J., and O'Gara, F. ; (2005) Systems biology approaches to investigate plant-microbe interactions relevant to biocontrol inoculants. In: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Vol. 141(3): Suppl. 1 Annual Main Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology (July 2005) Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, , 11-JUL-05 - 15-JUL-05 , pp.S219-S219 [Details]
(2004)11th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (2003)
Mark, G.L., Morrissey, J., Baysse, C., Sweeney, P., and O'Gara, F. ; (2004) Molecular ecology strategies to investigate the behaviour of GM and non-modified biocontrol inoculants in the rhizosphere. In: Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Vol. 4, IS-MPMI (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA) . In: T. Tikhonovich, B. Lugtenberg, and N. Provorov eds. 11th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (2003) St. Petersburg, Russia, , 18-JUL-03 - 27-JUL-03 , pp.585-588 [Details]
(2004)SGM Irish Branch Meeting, Galway
Gleeson, O., Mc Alester, G., O¿Gara, F and Morrissey, JP; (2004) Applying chemical genomics in yeast to understanding bacterial fungal interactions SGM Irish Branch Meeting, Galway [Details]
(2003)OECD Workshop
Mark, G.L., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F. ; (2003) Designing improved GM bacteria for application in environmental biotechnology. In: Ecological Impact of GMO Dissemination in Agro-Ecosystems . In: Eds. T. Lelley, E. Balázs, and M. Tepfer (Facultas Verlags- und Buchhandels AG, Vienna) eds. OECD Workshop Grossrussbach, Austria, , pp.11-24 [Details]

Abstract

 YearPublication
(2018)Adaptation of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus to a biotechnological niche.
Morrissey, J;Varela, J;Ortiz, R;Wolfe, K (2018) Adaptation of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus to a biotechnological niche. AMSTERDAM: Abstract [DOI] [Details]
(2012)Interspecies signaling between Pseudomonas and Candida.
Morrissey, JP;Reen, J;Holcombe, L;de Vasconcelos, FNL;O'Gara, F (2012) Interspecies signaling between Pseudomonas and Candida. HOBOKEN: Abstract [Details]
(2005)Systems biology approaches to investigate plant-microbe interactions relevant to biocontrol inoculants.
Mark, GL;Abbas, A;Kiely, P;Haynes, J;Higgins, H;Morrissey, J;O'Gara, F (2005) Systems biology approaches to investigate plant-microbe interactions relevant to biocontrol inoculants. NEW YORK: Abstract [Details]
(2005)Systems biology approaches to investigate plant-microbe interactions relevant to biocontrol inoculants.
Mark, GL,Abbas, A,Kiely, P,Haynes, J,Higgins, H,Morrissey, J,O'Gara, F (2005) Systems biology approaches to investigate plant-microbe interactions relevant to biocontrol inoculants. Abstract [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(2020)Editorial: Microbial Stress: From Sensing to Intracellular and Population Responses.
De Biase D.;Morrissey J.P.;O'Byrne C.P. (2020) Editorial: Microbial Stress: From Sensing to Intracellular and Population Responses. Editorship [DOI] [Details]
(2017)Networking and collaboration: a stronghold of the yeast research community.
Morrissey, JP (2017) Networking and collaboration: a stronghold of the yeast research community. OXFORD: Editorship [DOI] [Details]
(2004)Are microbes at the root of a solution to world food production? Rational exploitation of interactions between microbes and plants can help to transform agriculture.
Morrissey, JP;Dow, JM;Mark, GL;O'Gara, F (2004) Are microbes at the root of a solution to world food production? Rational exploitation of interactions between microbes and plants can help to transform agriculture. LONDON: Editorship [DOI] [Details]

Reviews

 YearPublication
(2018)Innovative training networks: overview of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD training model.
Doonan, F;Taylor, L;Branduardi, P;Morrissey, JP (2018) Innovative training networks: overview of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD training model. OXFORD: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2015)Cell factory applications of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus for the biotechnological production of natural flavour and fragrance molecules.
Morrissey, JP;Etschmann, MMW;Schrader, J;de Billerbeck, GM (2015) Cell factory applications of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus for the biotechnological production of natural flavour and fragrance molecules. HOBOKEN: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Functional genomics analysis of plant growth-promoting rhizobacterial traits involved in rhizosphere competence.
Barret, M;Morrissey, JP;O'Gara, F (2011) Functional genomics analysis of plant growth-promoting rhizobacterial traits involved in rhizosphere competence. NEW YORK: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Implications of interspecies signaling for virulence of bacterial and fungal pathogens.
Holcombe, LJ;O'Gara, F;Morrissey, JP (2011) Implications of interspecies signaling for virulence of bacterial and fungal pathogens. LONDON: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2011)Functional metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes and biosurfactants with biotechnological applications from marine ecosystems.
Kennedy, J;O'Leary, ND;Kiran, GS;Morrissey, JP;O'Gara, F;Selvin, J;Dobson, ADW (2011) Functional metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes and biosurfactants with biotechnological applications from marine ecosystems. MALDEN: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2010)Marine Metagenomics: New Tools for the Study and Exploitation of Marine Microbial Metabolism.
Kennedy, J;Flemer, B;Jackson, SA;Lejon, DPH;Morrissey, JP;O'Gara, F;Dobson, ADW (2010) Marine Metagenomics: New Tools for the Study and Exploitation of Marine Microbial Metabolism. BASEL: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2010)Kluyveromyces marxianus: A yeast emerging from its sister's shadow.
Lane M.;Morrissey J. (2010) Kluyveromyces marxianus: A yeast emerging from its sister's shadow. Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2006)Molecular-based strategies to exploit Pseudomonas biocontrol strains for environmental biotechnology applications.
Mark, GL;Morrissey, JP;Higgins, P;O'Gara, F (2006) Molecular-based strategies to exploit Pseudomonas biocontrol strains for environmental biotechnology applications. HOBOKEN: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2004)What can bacterial genome research teach us about bacteria-plant interactions?.
Puhler, A;Arlat, M;Becker, A;Gottfert, M;Morrissey, JP;O'Gara, F (2004) What can bacterial genome research teach us about bacteria-plant interactions?. LONDON: Reviews [DOI] [Details]
(2001)Pseudomonas for biocontrol of phytopathogens: from functional genomics to commercial exploitation.
Walsh, UF;Morrissey, JP;O'Gara, F (2001) Pseudomonas for biocontrol of phytopathogens: from functional genomics to commercial exploitation. LONDON: Reviews [Details]

Professional Activities

Other Activities

 Description

John Morrissey has served as an expert evaluator for multiple grant-awarding bodies, including inter alia ERC, ERANET, FCT, Marie-Curie and the NSF. Notably, in 2014 he was a panel member for the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) and the ERANET (ERASYSAPP). He has served on several society committees, is currently the commissioner representing Ireland on the International Commission for Yeasts (ICY), and is the chair-elect of the eukaryotic division of the Society for General Microbiology (SGM). He is active in European research currently co-ordinating the 13-partner Marie-Curie training network, YEASTCELL, and a member of the management committee of COST Actions FA1006 and FA0907. He reviews papers for multiple journals and is a member of the FEMS Yeast Research editorial board.

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Society for General Microbiology Eukaryotic Microbiology Division Chair Elect (2013-2015); Chair (2015-2017)2013 / 2017
CK402 Programme Board Microbiology Delegate2013 / 2017
SEFS Graduate Studies Committee: 2011-2014 Committee Member2011 / 2014
Society for General Microbiology: Eukaryotic Microbiology Division Committee Member2010 / 2013
Extern PhD Examiner 2006 / 2006
External Examiner 2006 / 2006
University Research Ethics Board (UREB): 2005 - 2009 Oversight of research ethics policy in UCC. Increasing awareness of ethics among researchers.2005 / 2009
External Grant reviewer: EU 6th Framework Marie Curie RTN programme 2005 / 2005
Science Faculty Research and Postgraduate Studies: 2004-2007 Committee Member2004 / 2007
External Grant reviewer: Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme 2004 / 2004
External Grant reviewer: Enterprise Ireland / European Young Investigator Award Scheme 2004 / 2004
External Grant reviewer for National and International funding agencies Expert Evaluator2003 / 2014
International Commission on Yeasts Commissioner representing Ireland2014 / 2020

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Applied Environmental Microbiology Referee-
Bmc Microbiology Referee-
Fems Microbiology Ecology Referee-
Canadian Journal Of Microbiology Referee-
Phytopathology Referee-
Fems Yeast Research Editor01-JAN-19 - 31-DEC-24
Microbiology Editor-
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions Referee-
Fems Yeast Research Member of Editorial Board01-OCT-14 - 31-DEC-17
Fems Yeast Research Editor01-JAN-19 - 31-DEC-24
Journal Of Applied Microbiology Referee-

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2006UCC Postgraduate DiplomaTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
1994European Molecular Biology Laboratory PHDMolecular Biology
1990UCC BSCMicrobiology

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2014)Drugs from the Sea,
Jackson, S., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2014) Metagenomic and genomic approaches to exploit the biodiversity of coastal and deep sea sponges. [Poster Presentation], Drugs from the Sea, Tel-Aviv,Israel , 09-FEB-14 - 14-FEB-14. [Details]
(2013)Genomic analysis of bioactive-producing Bacillus subtilis marine sponge isolates,
. Phelan, R.W., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F. and Barbosa, T.M (2013) . SGM Autumn Conference, University of Sussex, United Kingdom. [Oral Presentation], Genomic analysis of bioactive-producing Bacillus subtilis marine sponge isolates, UK , 02-SEP-14 - 04-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013)SGM Spring Conference,
Kennedy, J., Margassery, L.M., O’Brien, C., O’Neill, I., Edrada-Ebel R.A., Veigelmann, C., O’Gara, F., Morrissey, J.P. and Dobson, A.D.W (2013) Genomic mining of bioactive marine sponge Streptomyces strains SM2 and SM8 uncovers novel cryptic clusters with antimicrobial activity. [Oral Presentation], SGM Spring Conference, Uk . [Details]
(2012)Royal Society of Chemistry, Directing Biosynthesis III conference,,
Kennedy, J., Margassery, L.M., O’Brien, C., O’Neill, I., Edrada-Ebel, R., Veigelmann, C., O’Gara, F., Morrissey, J.P. and Dobson, A.D.W (2012) Genomic mining of bioactive marine Streptomyces sp. [Oral Presentation], Royal Society of Chemistry, Directing Biosynthesis III conference,, Nottingham UK , 19-SEP-12 - 21-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology,
Jackson, S., Flemer, B., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W (2012) Archaea dominate the microbial communities in the deep sea sponge Inflatella pellicula as revealed by pyrosequencing. [Oral Presentation], Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology, Cork , 14-NOV-12 - 16-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Society for General Microbiology,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., Edrada-Ebel, R, O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J (2012) Biodiscovery in the marine environment to identify new bioactive metabolites. [Oral Presentation], Society for General Microbiology, Dublin Ireland , 06-MAY-12 - 09-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012)Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology,,
Margassery, L., O’Brien, C., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., and Morrissey, J.P (2012) Genomic mining of a marine Streptomyces sp. to identify novel bioactive molecules. [Oral Presentation], Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology,, Cork , 14-NOV-12 - 16-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology,
Flemer, B., Jackson, S.A., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., O’Gara, F., and Dobson, A.D.W (2012) Bacterial diversity and spatial distribution within deep sea sponges via pyrosequencing. [Oral Presentation], Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology, Cork , 14-NOV-12 - 16-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology,
Mooij, M., Harrington, C., O’Halloran, J., Phelan, R., Barbosa, T., Morrissey, J., Dobson, A.D.W. and O’Gara, F (2012) New therapeutic options for treating lung infections: marine-derived bioactive compounds. [Oral Presentation], Joint SGM/FEMS Irish Division Symposium, Marine Microbiology and Biotechnology, Cork , 14-NOV-13 - 16-NOV-13. [Details]
(2011)1st Irish Fungal Society Meeting,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J. ( (2011) ). Development and validation of a high-throughput assay to screen for calcineurin inhibitors in yeast from marine sponge-associated microbes. [Oral Presentation], 1st Irish Fungal Society Meeting, Trinity College Dublin , 16-JUN-11 - 17-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)SGM Irish Division Meeting,
Phelan, R.W., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F. and Barbosa, T. ( (2011) Characterisation of the antimicrobial activity associated with Bacillus subtilis strain MM7 isolated from marine sponge Haliclona simulans. [Oral Presentation], SGM Irish Division Meeting, Queens University Belfast , 19-APR-11 - 20-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)1st International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology,
Jackson, S.A., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W (2011) Pyrosequencing reveals diverse and distinct sponge-specific microbial communities in sponges from a single geographical location in Irish waters. [Oral Presentation], 1st International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology, Wartzburg, Germany , 21-MAR-11 - 23-MAR-11. [Details]
(2011)1st International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology,
Kennedy, J., Edrada-Ebel, R., Flemer, B., Morrissey, J., O’Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W (2011) Chemical and genomic based approaches to identify genes encoding novel bioactive metabolites from sponge associated microorganisms. [Oral Presentation], 1st International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology, Wartzburg, Germany , 21-MAR-11 - 23-MAR-11. [Details]
(2011)1st International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology,,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J. (2011) Development and validation of a high-throughput assay to screen for calcineurin inhibitors in yeast from marine sponge-associated microbes. [Oral Presentation], 1st International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology,, Wartzburg, Germany , 21-MAR-11 - 23-MAR-11. [Details]
(2010)Irish Fungal Genetics Meeting,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F., and Morrissey, J.P. (2010) ). Screening marine sponge-associated microbes to identify novel bioactive metabolites. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Irish Fungal Genetics Meeting, UCD Ireland . [Details]
(2010). Society for General Microbiology-Spring Meeting,
Barbosa, T.M., Phelan, R.W., Blake, B., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D.W. and O’Gara, F. (2010) Sporeformers from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans with potential biotechnological and biopharmaceutical applications. [Oral Presentation], . Society for General Microbiology-Spring Meeting, Edinburgh,Scotland . [Details]
(2010)SGM Galway,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., McCarthy, F., O’ Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., and Morrissey, J.P (2010) Identification of novel bioactive metabolites with anti-fungal activities from marine sponge associated microbes. [Oral Presentation], SGM Galway, Galway Ireland . [Details]
(2010)9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference,
Mooij, M.J., O'Halloran, J., Barbosa, T., Morrissey, J., Dobson, A., and O'Gara, F. ; (2010) Identification of Marine-derived Modulators of Microbial Signalling. [Oral Presentation], 9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference, Qingdao (CN) , 08-OCT-10 - 12-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)ESF-COST Research Conference. “Marine Biotechnology: Future Challanges,
Flemer, B., Kennedy, J., Edrada-Ebel, Ru-An., Meyer, A.M., Morrissey, J.P., O’ Gara, F. and Dobson, A.D.W (2010) Antimicrobial activities from marine sponges and sponge derived microbes. [Oral Presentation], ESF-COST Research Conference. “Marine Biotechnology: Future Challanges, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy , 20-JUN-10 - 24-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference,
Mooij, M.J., O’Halloran, J., Barbosa, T., Morrissey, J., Dobson, A,D.W. and O’Gara, F (2010) Identification of marine-derived modulators of microbial signalling. [Oral Presentation], 9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference, Quingdao, China , 08-OCT-10 - 12-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)Society for General Microbiology-Spring Meeting:,
Dobson, A.D.W. Kennedy, J., Lejon, D.P.H., Morrissey, J.P. and O’Gara, F. (2010) ). Identification of novel bioactive molecules and biocatalysts from marine sponge microbiota using Metagenomic based approaches. [Oral Presentation], Society for General Microbiology-Spring Meeting:, Edinburgh,Scotland , 29-MAR-10 - 01-APR-10. [Details]
(2010)Irish Fungal Meeting,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., McCarthy, F., O’ Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W., and Morrissey, J.P. (2010) Bioactive compounds from marine endosymbionts. [Oral Presentation], Irish Fungal Meeting, UCC CORK , 17-JUN-10 - 18-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference,
Dobson, A.D.W., Kennedy, J., Lejon, D.P.H., Morrissey, J. and O’Gara, F. (2010) Identification of novel bioactive molecules and biocatalyst from marine sponge microbiota using metagenomic based approaches. [Oral Presentation], 9th International Marine Biotechnology Conference, Quingdao, China , 08-OCT-10 - 12-OCT-10. [Details]
(2010)Society for General Microbiology-Spring Meeting,
Margassery, L.M., Flemer, B., Jackson, S.A., Edrada-Ebel, R., Kennedy, J., McCarthy, F., O’Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J.P. (2010) Identification of bioactive metabolites from marine sponge-associated microbe. [Oral Presentation], Society for General Microbiology-Spring Meeting, Edinburgh,Scotland , 29-MAR-10 - 01-APR-10. [Details]
(2009)2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop,
Barbosa, T.M., Phelan, R.W., Blake, M., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J., Dobson, A.D.W., and O'Gara, F.; (2009) Isolation and Characterisation of Spore-forming Bacteria from the Marine Sponge Haliclona Simulans with Promising Bioactive Properties. [Poster Presentation], 2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop, Queen's University, Belfast (UK) , 10-DEC-09 - 11-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop,
Mooij, M.J., O'Halloran, J., Barbosa, T., Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J., Dobson, A., and O'Gara, F.; (2009) Mechanisms of cell signalling in microorganisms relevant to marine environments. [Oral Presentation], 2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop, Queen's University, Belfast (UK) , 10-DEC-09 - 11-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop,
Kennedy, J., Morrissey, J., O'Gara, F., and Dobson, A.D.W.; (2009) Metagenomic Strategies to exploit Marine Molecular Biodiversity. [Oral Presentation], 2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop, Queen's University, Belfast (UK) , 10-DEC-09 - 11-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)SGM Irish Division Spring Meeting,
J. Morrissey; (2009) SGM Irish Division Spring Meeting. [Conference Organising Committee Member], SGM Irish Division Spring Meeting, UCC , 01-JAN-09 - 01-JAN-09. [Details]
(2009)Irish Fungal Genetics Meeting SGM Irish Branch Meeting,
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., Dobson, A.D.W., O’Gara, F., and Morrissey, J.P. (2009) Screening marine sponge-associated microbes to identify novel bioactive metabolites. [Oral Presentation], Irish Fungal Genetics Meeting SGM Irish Branch Meeting, UCC CORK , 23-APR-09 - 24-JUN-09. [Details]
(2009)2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop,
Flemer, B., Kennedy, J., Edrada-Ebel, R.A., Morrissey, J., O'Gara, F., and Dobson, A.D.W.; (2009) Culture Dependent Approaches to Identify Bioactive Compounds from Marine Sponges. [Poster Presentation], 2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop, Queen's University, Belfast (IE) , 10-DEC-09 - 11-DEC-09. [Details]
(2009)2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop,
Margassery, M.L., Kennedy, J., Eldrada-Ebel, R.A., O'Gara, F., Dobson, A., and Morrissey, J.; (2009) Anti-Fungal Activity from Marine Sponge Microbiota. [Poster Presentation], 2nd Annual Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Workshop, Queen's University, Belfast (UK) , 10-DEC-09 - 11-DEC-09. [Details]
(2008)Irish Fungal Network Meeting,
J. Morrissey; (2008) Signalling in pathogenic fungi. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Fungal Network Meeting, NUIG, Galway , 08-JUN-08 - 08-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology,
J. Morrissey; (2008) Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology. [Invited Oral Presentation], Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology, New Hampshire, USA , 30-JUN-08 - 30-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)3rd Irish Fungal Meeting,
Morrissey, J., Power, T. and Dobson, A.D.W. (2008) The link between TORC1 signalling and nitrogen metabolism in the human fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. [Oral Presentation], 3rd Irish Fungal Meeting, NUI Galway , 13-JUN-08. [Details]
(2007)American Society for Microbiology, Pseudomonas Meeting, Seattle, USA,
J. Morrissey; (2007) Evolution and mode of action of the Pseudomonas fluorescens secondary metabolite 2,4 diacetylphloroglucinol. [Invited Oral Presentation], American Society for Microbiology, Pseudomonas Meeting, Seattle, USA, Seattle, USA , 30-AUG-07 - 30-AUG-07. [Details]
(2006)159th Society for General Microbiology Meeting, York, UK,
J. Morrissey; (2006) Fungal responses to microbial and environmental cues. [Poster Presentation], 159th Society for General Microbiology Meeting, York, UK, York, UK , 15-SEP-06 - 15-SEP-06. [Details]
(2006)Inter-species Communication in the Microbial World,
J. Morrissey; (2006) Inter-species Communication in the Microbial World. [Invited Oral Presentation], Inter-species Communication in the Microbial World, Trinity College Dublin , 13-DEC-06 - 13-DEC-06. [Details]
(2006)8th European Conference on Fungal Genetics,
Power, T., Ortoneda, M., Morrissey, J.P. and Dobson, A.D.W.; (2006) Differential expression of genes involved in iron metabolism in Aspergillus fumigatus. [Poster Presentation], 8th European Conference on Fungal Genetics, Vienna, Austria , 08-APR-06 - 11-APR-06. [Details]
(2005)Society for General Microbiology Irish Branch Meeting,
Power, T.M., Ortoneda, M., Morrissey, J. and Dobson A.D.W.; (2005) Differential gene expression in the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus under iron stress conditions. [Poster Presentation], Society for General Microbiology Irish Branch Meeting, University College Cork , 28-APR-05 - 29-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)Irish Society for Clinical Microbiology Meeting,
Power, T.M., Ortoneda, M., Morrissey, J. and Dobson A.D.W.; (2005) Differential gene expression in the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus under iron stress conditions. [N/A], Irish Society for Clinical Microbiology Meeting, University College Cork , 30-APR-05 - 30-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain,
J. Morrissey; (2005) Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain. [Poster Presentation], Society for Experimental Biology, Annual Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona, Spain , 12-JUL-05 - 12-JUL-05. [Details]
(2005)Systems biology approaches to study plant-microbe interactions,
J. Morrissey; (2005) Systems biology approaches to study plant-microbe interactions. [Poster Presentation], Systems biology approaches to study plant-microbe interactions, Barcelona, Spain , 12-JUL-05 - 12-JUL-05. [Details]
(2004)Annual Meeting of German Microbiological Society,
Mark, G.L., Baysse, C., Foley, T., Morrissey, J., and O'Gara, F.; (2004) Molecular Ecology of Microbial-Host Interactions. [Invited Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting of German Microbiological Society, Braunschweig (DE) , 28-MAR-04 - 30-MAR-04. [Details]
(2003)Society for General Microbiology (SGM) 152nd Meeting, University of Edinburgh,
Finnan, S., Morrissey, J., O'Gara, F., and Boyd, E.F.; (2003) Genomic analysis of the mechanism of genome plasticidy among Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates. [Poster Presentation], Society for General Microbiology (SGM) 152nd Meeting, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh (UK) , 07-APR-03 - 11-APR-03. [Details]
(2003)XI Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions,
Mark G.L., Morrissey J., Baysse C., Sweeney P., and O'Gara F.; (2003) Molecular Ecology Strategies to Investigate the Behaviour of GM and Non-Modified Biocontrol Inoculants in the Rhizosphere. [Invited Oral Presentation], XI Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, St. Petersburg (SU) , 18-JUL-03 - 26-JUL-03. [Details]
(2002)Society for General Microbiology (SGM), Irish Branch Symposium on 'Sensing and Signalling in Microbial Populations',
Adams, C., Baysse, C., Cullinane, M., Morris, S., Morrissey, J., and O'Gara, F.; (2002) Molecular signalling in Pseudomonas-host interactions. [Invited Oral Presentation], Society for General Microbiology (SGM), Irish Branch Symposium on 'Sensing and Signalling in Microbial Populations', Dublin City University (IE) , 05-SEP-02 - 06-SEP-02. [Details]
(2002)Society for General Microbiology (SGM), Irish Branch Symposium on 'Sensing and Signalling in Microbial Populations',
Abbas, A., Morrissey, J.P., Carnicero Marquez, P., Sheehan, M., Delany, Isabel R., and O'Gara, F.; (2002) Characterisation of interactions between the transcriptional repressor PhlF and its binding site at the phlA promoter in Pseudomonas fluorescens F113. [Poster Presentation], Society for General Microbiology (SGM), Irish Branch Symposium on 'Sensing and Signalling in Microbial Populations', Dublin City University (IE) , 05-SEP-02 - 06-SEP-02. [Details]
(2002)Environmental Research Colloquium, UCC,
Sweeney, P., O¿Flaherty, J., Mark, L., Higgins, P., Morrissey, J., Walsh, U., Grogan, D., Broderick, J., and O'Gara, F.; (2002) Influence of plant diversity on microbial populations in relation to ecosystem functioning. [Poster Presentation], Environmental Research Colloquium, UCC, Cork (IE) , 25-JAN-02 - 25-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Society for General Microbiology (SGM), Irish Branch Meeting,
Abbas, A., Carnicero Marquez, P., Sheehan, M., Morrissey, J., Delany, I., and O'Gara, F.; (2002) Characterisation of interactions between the transcriptional repressor phlF and its binding site at the phlA promoter on Pseudomonas fluorescens F113. [Oral Presentation], Society for General Microbiology (SGM), Irish Branch Meeting, Institute of Technology, Carlow (IE) , 26-MAR-02 - 27-MAR-02. [Details]
(2002)7th Int. Symposium on the Biosafety of GMOs,
O'Gara, F., Morrissey, J., Mark, L.G., Sweeney, P., and Walsh, U.; (2002) Exploitation of Genetically Modified Pseudomonas for Industrial Ecology Applications. [Invited Oral Presentation], 7th Int. Symposium on the Biosafety of GMOs, University of Peking, Beijing (CN) , 11-OCT-02 - 16-OCT-02. [Details]
(2002)Signalling in Microbial Communities,
J. Morrissey; (2002) Signalling in Microbial Communities. [Invited Oral Presentation], Signalling in Microbial Communities, National University of Ireland, Galway, , 14-NOV-02 - 14-NOV-02. [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

John Morrissey teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules across a range of programmes.

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2014Robert Phelan UCCPHDEXPLOITING THE BIOACTIVE POTENTIAL OF MARINE SPONGE MICROBIOTA.
2013Lekha Margarassey PHDBIODISCOVERY OF NATURAL PRODUCTS FROM MICROBES ASSOCIATED WITH IRISH COASTAL SPONGES
2013Iwona Kozak UCCMScUsing the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism to study Aspergillus fumigates genes
2013Danielle Troppens UCCPHDInvestigating the Molecular and Physiological Effects of the Antifungal Bacterial Metabolite, 2, 4-Diacetylphloroglucinol in Yeast and Fungi.
2013Stephen Jackson UCCPHDEXPLOITING THE DIVERSE MICROBIAL ECOLOGY OF MARINE SPONGES
2011Jennifer Moynihan UCCPHD
2011Patrick Browne UCCPHDMolecular Microbial Ecology Strategies to Investigate the Role of Pseudomonas spp. in Inorganic Phosphate Solubility in Soil
2009Tracy Power UCCPHD
2008Ronan Murphy UCCMSc

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Akinola Joel Abidemi Doctoral Degree (Structured)
Montini Noemi Doctoral Degree
Fenton Darren Anthony Doctoral Degree
Donzella Lorena Doctoral Degree (Structured)
Huff Franziska Michaela Doctoral Degree (Structured)

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2021Critical Appraisal of Biotechnology Research MB7002Critical Appraisal of Biotechnology Research
2021Disseminating Research Results to a Scientific Audience MB7001Disseminating Research Results to a Scientific Audience
2021Biotechnology Industry Placement MB7003Biotechnology Industry Placement

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