Scientific Advisory Board

PrecisionBiotics draws on the advice and counsel from some of the world’s most distinguished academics and scientists:


Eamonn Quigley, MD Chairman

Professor Eamonn Quigley is Chief of Gastroenterology at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and a Principal Investigator at the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork, Ireland. He has served as president of both the American College of Gastroenterology and the World Gastroenterology Organisation and is a past editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
A graduate of UCC, Professor Quigley trained in internal medicine in Glasgow and Manchester and in gastroenterology in Glasgow, the Mayo Clinic and Manchester. He has also served as Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and as Dean of the Medical School at UCC. 


Ted Dinan, MD

O'Mahony, Shanahan? Or Shanahan next? 

Professor Ted Dinan is Professor of Psychiatry in University College Cork and a Principal Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland. He was previously Chair of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor of Psychological Medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London and has worked in research laboratories on both sides of the Atlantic. He has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Ted has published over 200 papers and numerous books on the pharmacology and neurobiology of affective disorders. His primary research focus is on immune and endocrine aspects of depression and irritable bowel syndrome.


Declan Doogan, MD

Dr. Doogan has over 30 years experience in the global pharmaceutical industry and sits on the Boards of several biotechnology companies. He retired from Pfizer in 2007 as the SVP Head of World Drug Development and subsequently became Head of R&D at Amarin where, along with the CEO, he raised $100m to transform the company to reach a $1 billion capitalisation.
He has also held professorships positions at Harvard School of Public Health, Glasgow University Medical School and Kitasato University (Tokyo).

Declan received his medical degree from Glasgow University in 1975. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty Pharmaceutical Medicine and holds a Doctorate of Science at the University of Kent in the UK.


Liam O’Mahony, PhD




Prior to this he was head of Molecular Immunology at the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research, University of Zürich, Switzerland. He was a a Principal Investigator at the APC in UCC from 2003 to 2008.

He received his BSc in Microbiology from University College Cork and his PhD in Immunology from Trinity College Dublin. He completed post-doc research in UCC and UCLA.

He is a co-author on more than 80 published articles and is a co-inventor on 7 granted patents.  .



Fergus Shanahan, MD

Fergus is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at University College Cork and a Director of APC Microbiome Ireland. He is a UCD medical graduate and was awarded the gold medal in medicine from the Mater Hospital, Dublin. After internship and residency in internal medicine in Dublin, he trained in Clinical Immunology at McMaster University, Canada and in Gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been awarded Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Canada and the United Kingdom and the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians. Before returning to Ireland in 1993 he was Associate Professor of Medicine with tenure at UCLA. He has published over 450 peer reviewed scientific articles and several books.
As well as being Director of the APC, Fergus is also a Principal Investigator in the Host -Microbe Dialogue research spoke. He was recently named to the “Irish Life Science 50” a list of the top 50 Irish and Irish Americans in the life science industry. In 2013, Science Foundation Ireland named him as its Researcher of the Year.