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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

Degree Board Co-ordinator: BSc Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition

Module Co-ordinator ALU3003 Food Quality and Safety


ALU1050 Food Biochemistry and Human Physiology

ALU3003 Food Quality and Safety

ALU3001 Project

ALU3032 Advances in Crop and Animal Science and Technology

ALU8001 Food Safety, Health and Disease

ALU8002 Advanced Food Bioanalysis

BBC3013 The Immune System


FSN Seminar Series Organiser

Member, School Differentiation Panel

IGFS Cell Culture Facility Manager

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Mycotoxins Medicine & Life Sciences
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Genes Chemical Compounds
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Projects 2010 2019

Research Output 1997 2019

Glucagon-Like Peptide 1
Organic pollutants
Enteroendocrine Cells
Environmental Exposure

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

Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptors
Organic pollutants
Transcriptional Activation
Polychlorinated biphenyls
Open Access
Androgen Receptors

Human blood-based exposure levels of persistent organic pollutant (POP) mixtures antagonise androgen receptor transactivation and translocation

McComb, J., Mills, I., Muller, M., Berntsen, H. F., Elisabeth Zimmer, K., Ropstad, E., Verhaegen, S. & Connolly, L., 27 Aug 2019, In : Environment International. 132, 105083, p. 132 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access



Lisa Connolly (Recipient), 28 Jun 2017

Prize: National/international honour


Elected Honorary Secretary of the Ulster Immunology Group

Lisa Connolly (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2009 2019

World Cancer Day Conference

Lisa Connolly (Keynote speaker)
04 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International Scientific Advisory Board

Lisa Connolly (Board Member)
01 Jan 201931 Dec 2024

Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Anteneh Desalegn

Lisa Connolly (Host)
01 Aug 201801 Sep 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Primary Health Sciences 2018

Lisa Connolly (Organiser)
29 May 2018

Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

Elizabeth Goya George

Lisa Connolly (Host)
01 Jun 201801 Jul 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

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., Aug 2012

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy