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Dr Niall M Byrne graduated from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland with a First Class Honours in Biomedical Science (with Diploma in Professional Practice) in 2009. He subsequently completed his PhD at the University of Ulster in 2014 in the laboratory of Prof Stephanie McKeown and Dr Jenny Worthington, investigating the role of the tumour microenvironment in the treatment response of prostate tumours. During the course of his PhD Niall developed a keen interest in intravital imaging techniques and the role of tumour hypoxia in malignant progression.

In September 2014 Niall relocated to Sydney, Australia to continue his research interests in prostate cancer, joining the laboratory of Prof Peter Croucher and Prof Mike Rogers in the Bone Biology Division at the world-renowned Garvan Institute of Medical Research. During this time he worked as part of the multi-institutional ProMis program, investigating the role of the bone microenvionment in controlling the fate of dormant tumour cells in prostate cancer bone metastasis; utilising single cell technologies and intravital imaging techniques.

Niall returned to the UK in September 2019 to take up a research fellow position in the laboratory of Dr Jonathan Coulter in the School of Pharmacy at Queens University Belfast. Furthering his research interests in prostate cancer, he is currently investigating nanotherapeutics, specifically functionalised gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) for the treatment of prostate cancer.


Prostate cancer
Functionalised gold nanoparticles
Bone metastasis
Bone biology
Molecular biology



PhD, University of Ulster – Northern Ireland
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with DPP (First Class), University of Ulster – Northern Ireland


May 2017: CABS International Conference, Young Investigator Travel Award
Aug 2016: St Vincent’s Precinct Postdoc Symposium: Runner-up poster prize winner
Jan 2012: Cancer Translational Research Group Young Investigator Travel Award
Dec 2011: CTRG Annual Retreat 2011: 1st prize for poster presentation
Nov 2010: Biochemistry society annual meeting: Runner-up poster prize winner

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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