Mike studied Industrial Chemistry at the University of Limerick (1990-1994) followed by a PhD in Biotechnology at Dublin City University (1994-1999). Thereafter, he spent 18 years at the University of Dundee in the laboratories of first Professor John Hayes and later Professor Roland Wolf. During this period, he published over 30 peer-reviewed papers revealing how organisms respond to chemical stress at the molecular, cellular, and system levels. Many of these papers are considered seminal and have been cited collectively over 8000 times.
After leaving academia in 2017, Mike joined Concept Life Sciences (CLS) as a Principal Scientist. By the time of his departure, he had risen to the position of Head of Science (Toxicology) in which capacity he was responsible for RnD strategy and delivery; and mentorship of the operational teams. Mike was also responsible for the design, delivery, and interpretation of bespoke client studies, for which purpose he frequently acted as GLP Study Director.
Throughout Mike’s career, he has particular expertise in the fields of Mechanistic Toxicology (Human Relevance) and Endocrine Disruption. In addition to numerous peer-reviewed publications, Mike has been an invited speaker at various Toxicology forums, including EUROTOX and BelTox. He is a review editor for the journal “Frontiers in Toxicology”.
In his spare time, Mike is an avid hill-climber, rambler, gardener, and amateur astronomer.