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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Professor Taggart is open to wide-ranging PhD applications from candidates with a basic science or clinical background. His fields of interest include: - acute and chronic lung disease eg. Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - Respiratory Innate Immunity - Protease and protease inhibitor function in lung disease Previous research experience is desirable although not essential.

1994 …2020

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Personal profile

Research Statement

My research focuses on evaluating mechanisms of excessive inflammation in lung disease and how this may predispose to infection in the lung. My primary disease interests are Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. I am interested in how the innate immune response becomes dysregulated during excessive inflammation as a result of elevated protease activity. Findings from our group have been published in high-ranking Respiratory journals including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and the European Respiratory Journal. My research brings me in to contact with Pharma and Diagnostics companies, from whom I receive funding for translational studies. I have also been funded by the Medical Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EU H2020, EU FP7, Innovate UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I am actively involved in the European Respiratory Society (ERS) as a member of Assembly 3. In addition, I was previously the Chair and Secretary of the Airway Cell Biology group of ERS (2011-17) and currently serve as a member of the ERS College of Experts.

Research Focus

Respiratory Disease


Innate Immunity

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)

    At the forefront of cystic fibrosis Basic Science research: 16th ECFS Basic Science Conference

    Taggart, C. C., Weldon, S. & Mall, M. A., 13 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 19, 2, p. 169-170

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Cathepsin S: investigating an old player in lung disease pathogenesis, comorbidities, and potential therapeutics

    Brown, R., Nath, S., Lora, A., Samaha, G., Elgamal, Z., Kaiser, R., Taggart, C., Weldon, S. & Geraghty, P., 12 May 2020, In : Respiratory Research. 21, 111.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 18 Downloads (Pure)

    Lack of IL-1 Receptor Signaling Reduces Spontaneous Airway Eosinophilia in Juvenile Mice with Muco-Obstructive Lung Disease

    Brown, R., Paulsen, M., Schmidt, S., Schaterrny, J., Frank, A., Hirtz, S., Delaney, R., Doherty, D., Hagner, M., Taggart, C., Weldon, S. & Mall, M. A., Mar 2020, In : American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 63, 3, p. 300-309 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)
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    Chair of the Airway Cell Biology Group, European Respiratory Society

    Taggart, Cliff (Recipient), 01 Oct 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Member, European Respiratory Society College of Experts

    Taggart, Cliff (Recipient), 01 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Romain Pauwels Award

    Taggart, Cliff (Recipient), 05 Oct 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Secretary of the Airway Cell Biology Group, European Respiratory Society

    Taggart, Cliff (Recipient), 01 Oct 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    PhD External Examiner

    Cliff Taggart (Examiner)

    01 Jan 202001 Feb 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Journal of cystic fibrosis : official journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (Journal)

    Cliff Taggart (Peer reviewer)

    01 Apr 201906 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Publishing in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis

    Cliff Taggart (Invited speaker)

    27 Mar 201930 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Journal of Cystic Fibrosis presentation

    Cliff Taggart (Invited speaker)

    05 Jun 201908 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    European Respiratory Society International Congress 2019

    Cliff Taggart (Contributor)

    28 Sep 201902 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Queen's University researchers make pneumonia breakthrough

    Cliff Taggart


    3 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Research


    Cliff Taggart


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    DNA of Innovation Volume 1

    Cliff Taggart


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Romain Pauwels Award

    Cliff Taggart


    1 item of Media coverage, 2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Research