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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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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 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

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.

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    Alginate/Chitosan Particle-Based Drug Delivery Systems for Pulmonary Applications

    Hill, M., Twigg, M., Sheridan, E. A., Hardy, J. G., Elborn, J. S., Taggart, C. C., Scott, C. J. & Migaud, M. E., 02 Aug 2019, In : Pharmaceutics. 11, 8, 12 p., 379.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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., 09 Sep 2019, In : American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Protein Phosphatase 2A Reduces Cigarette Smoke-Induced Cathepsin S and Loss of Lung Function

    Doherty, D. F., Nath, S., Poon, J., Foronjy, R. F., Ohlmeyer, M., Dabo, A. J., Salathe, M., Birrell, M., Belvisi, M., Baumlin, N., Kim, M. D., Weldon, S., Taggart, C. & Geraghty, P., 14 Jan 2019, In : American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    287 Downloads (Pure)

    Respiratory viral infection: A potential “missing link” in the pathogenesis of COPD

    Linden, D., Guo-Parke, H., Coyle, P. V., Fairley, D., McAuley, D. F., Taggart, C. C. & Kidney, J., 31 Mar 2019, In : European Respiratory Review. 28, 151, 14 p., 180063.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    176 Downloads (Pure)


    Chair of the Airway Cell Biology Group, European Respiratory Society

    Cliff Taggart (Recipient), 01 Oct 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Member, European Respiratory Society College of Experts

    Cliff Taggart (Recipient), 01 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Romain Pauwels Award

    Cliff Taggart (Recipient), 05 Oct 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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

    Cliff Taggart (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

    NI Science Festival 2019

    Cliff Taggart (Participant)
    23 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition

    Work Experience/Work Shadowing AS/A level student

    Cliff Taggart (Recipient)
    02 Dec 201904 Dec 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

    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