Michael J. Naughton, Boston College
Evelyn and Robert Ferris Professor
Michael J. Naughton is Evelyn and Robert Ferris Professor in the Department of Physics at Boston College. He received a B.S. in Physics from St. John Fisher College and a Ph.D. from Boston Univ. He served 12 years as Physics chair and 2 as VP for Research at BC, was an NSF Young Investigator Awardee (back when he was young) and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. A condensed matter experimental physicist with over 200 publications and 25 patents, Naughton’s research is on nanoscale properties of matter, including bio, chemical and neuroelectronic sensors, solar cells, and plasmonics.
Professor Naughton received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Ireland and conducted research with colleagues at Trinity College Dublin’s AMBER Centre (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research), in support of projects on bioelectronics and nanostructured photovoltaics using a perovskite mineral compound.
William Gallagher, UCD
Professor & Co-Lead AICRI
Professor William Gallagher is Full Professor of Cancer Biology at University College Dublin (UCD) and Deputy Director of Precision Oncology Ireland, a large-scale Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic Partnership Programme involving 5 academic institutions, 6 cancer charities and 8 companies (www.precisiononcology.ie). He previously led OPTi-PREDICT, an SFI Investigator Programme focused on identification and validation of prognostic biomarkers for early stage breast and prostate cancer.
Currently, Prof. Gallagher is a primary driving force behind the All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI), which is creating an overarching framework for cancer research across the entire island of Ireland (www.aicri.org). AICRI-linked programmes were recently awarded over 12 million euro under the recent HEA North-South Research Programme, including an all-island Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training Programme in Precision Cancer Medicine (AICRIstart) which Prof. Gallagher leads.
From 2016-2021, Professor Gallagher was Director of the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, one of Ireland’s largest biomedical research facilities. From 2013-2019, he was the Director of BREAST-PREDICT, which was the first Irish Cancer Society Collaborative Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) to be funded (www.breastpredict.com). This country-wide CCRC, which was supported to the level of 7.5 million euro and involved 6 academic institutions, as well as Cancer Trials Ireland, focused on developing more personalised treatment approaches for breast cancer.
Over the last 15 years, Prof. Gallagher has speared-headed several large-scale research infrastructure projects providing state-of-the-art instrumentation for researchers nationwide in the areas of cell, tissue and in vivo imaging, as well as molecular profiling (see www.npic.ie and www.aicri.org/naspro for recent examples).
Prof. Gallagher has received a number of awards for his research and innovation achievements in the oncology arena, including the NovaUCD 2011 Innovation Award, the inaugural Irish Association for Cancer Research Medal in 2017, the SFI Entrepreneurship Award in 2019 and the SFI Researcher of the Year Award in 2021. He has filed/been awarded multiple patents and has acted as consultant for a wide variety of industrial parties within the biomedical sphere. Prof. Gallagher has co-founded two molecular diagnostics companies, OncoMark Ltd. and OncoAssure Ltd., the former being acquired in March 2021 by the US company Danaher (Cepheid division).