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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - Endocrine disruptors - Toxicological analysis of endocrine disruptors - In vitro bioassay development/analysis of chemicals - Chemical food safety - Investigating the effects of chemicals on mammalian and environmental health


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Research Interests

Lisa obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences at The University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, in 1994. In 1999 she was awarded a PhD in Biological Sciences specialising in cancer research, multiple drug resistance and immunodiagnostics at Dublin City University, Ireland. In 2000 Lisa took up a postdoctoral research position at the Veterinary Sciences Department of Queen’s University Belfast where she worked on a number of projects concerned with developing and applying new technologies for the detection of harmful contaminants in food. In 2006 she was appointed as Lecturer of Food Toxin Safety within The Institute of Global Food Security where she is currently leading a vital research programme focusing on endocrine disrupting environmental and food based toxins resulting from modern day industrial, agricultural or natural sources and assessing the effects that these contaminants may have on human health. Dr Connolly and her team primarily utilise in vitro bioassays for the screening of endocrine disruptors in food and feed and assessing their adverse biological effects. This work also covers horizon scanning for emerging endocrine disruptors, assessing their mode of action and mixture effects. The overall aim of this research is to identify risk and provide information to aid exposure prevention.

She has been involved in many projects involving complementary national and international expertise including a project to identify levels of hormone contamination in sport supplements available to the consumer on the island of Ireland as part of the Safe and Healthy Foods project (direct link to project website). Further information on this story is published in the SafeFood eNewsletter. Dr Connolly is participating in an international collaborative project, Mycotoxin contamination in Norwegian food and feed,investigating the endocrine disrupting effects of mycotoxins and their real-life mixtures. She is an active collaborator in the project Stress POPs which aims to assess the effects of environmental factors and contaminants on reproductive health. She is also an active member of The Environmental Reproductive Toxicology (ERT) network coordinated by Prof Erik Ropstad, The Norwegian Veterinary School, Oslo.


Administrative Responsibilities

Manager of mammalian cell culture facility

Module Co-ordinator BIO3301 Food Supply Chain Safety and Security


BIO1302 Food Biochemistry and Human Physiology

BIO3301 Food Supply Chain Safety and Security

BIO3302 Project

BIO3308 Advances in Crop and Animal Science and Technology

ALU8001 Food Safety, Health and Disease

ALU8002 Advanced Food Bioanalysis



FSN Seminar Series Organiser

Member, School Differentiation Panel

IGFS Cell Culture Facility Manager

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Research Output

Investigation of In Vitro Endocrine Activities of Microcystis and Planktothrix Cyanobacterial Strains

Mallia, V., Ivanova, L., Eriksen, G. S., Harper, E., Connolly, L. & Uhlig, S., 04 Apr 2020, In : Toxins. 12, 4, 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)

    Safeguarding Female Reproductive Health against Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals-The FREIA Project

    Duursen, M. B. M. V., Boberg, J., Christiansen, S., Connolly, L., Damdimopoulou, P., Filis, P., Fowler, P. A., Gadella, B. M., Holte, J., Jääger, K., Johansson, H. K. L., Li, T., Mazaud-Guittot, S., Parent, A-S., Salumets, A., Soto, A. M., Svingen, T., Velthut-Meikas, A., Wedebye, E. B., Xie, Y. & 1 others, Berg, M. V. D., 01 May 2020, In : International journal of molecular sciences. 21, 9, 13 p., 3215.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    A Human Relevant Defined Mixture of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Affects In Vitro Secretion of Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 (GLP-1), but Does not Affect Translocation of its Receptor

    Shannon, M., Xie, Y., Verhaegen, S., Wilson, J., Berntsen, H. F., Zimmer, K. E., Ropstad, E., Green, B. & Connolly, L., Dec 2019, In : Toxicological Sciences. 172, 2, p. 359-367 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A mixture of persistent organic pollutants relevant for human exposure inhibits the transactivation activity of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor in vitro

    Doan, Q. T., Berntsen, H. F., Verhaegen, S., Ropstad, E., Connolly, L., Igout, A., Muller, M. & Scippo, M-L., 28 Aug 2019, In : Environmental Pollution . 113098.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    56 Downloads (Pure)



    Connolly, Lisa (Recipient), 28 Jun 2017

    Prize: National/international honour

  • Elected Honorary Secretary of the Ulster Immunology Group

    Connolly, Lisa (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Election to learned society

    First prize poster

    Monika Plotan (Recipient) & Connolly, Lisa (Recipient), 21 May 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • First prize poster

    Amber, Mazia (Recipient) & Connolly, Lisa (Recipient), 22 May 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    External PhD Examiner Wageningen University and Research (Confirmed)

    Lisa Connolly (Examiner)

    01 Aug 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Epitope Mapping of Human Ubiquitin and a structural homologue from Bacteroides fragilis

    Jamie English (Speaker), , Lisa Connolly (Presenter), , Garry Blakely (Presenter), , Sheila Patrick (Presenter), & Linda Stewart (Presenter)

    Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    External PhD Examiner University of Liege (Confirmed)

    Lisa Connolly (Examiner)

    01 Sep 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    The Metabolism Disruptor (MET) Interest Group (External organisation)

    Lisa Connolly (Member)

    01 Jul 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    Lisa Connolly (Reviewer)

    01 Dec 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    Press / Media

    Research Excellence in Europe

    Lisa Connolly


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Other

    QUB awarded €6.1 million to address fertility issues

    Lisa Connolly


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Estrogenic and androgenic endocrine disrupting activity and risk assessment of phytoestrogens in Kenyan soya-based weaning flours

    Author: Ngoda, P., Dec 2012

    Supervisor: Connolly, L. (Supervisor) & Elliott, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy