Niall Byrne

    Niall Byrne

    Research Fellow

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    Research Interests

    Niall 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

    Frequent Journals

    • British Journal of Cancer

      ISSNs: 0007-0920, 1532-1827

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1532-1827

      Nature Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.52 SJR 2.848 SNIP 1.654


    • Journal of Cellular Physiology

      ISSNs: 0021-9541

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1097-4652

      Wiley-Liss Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.89 SJR 1.445 SNIP 1.07


    • Chemical Communications

      ISSNs: 1359-7345

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1364-548X

      Royal Society of Chemistry

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 6.12 SJR 2.177 SNIP 1.133


    • Clinical Cancer Research

      ISSNs: 1078-0432

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1557-3265, 1078-0432

      American Association for Cancer Research Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 8.32 SJR 4.965 SNIP 1.847


    • JBMR plus

      ISSNs: 2473-4039

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2473-4039


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