Marina Lynch received her PhD in 1980 from Trinity College Dublin Ireland. She undertook her post-doctoral training in Kings College, London (1981-1983) and in the National Institute of Medical Research, Mill Hill, London under the mentorship of Tim Bliss. She was appointed to a lectureship (Physiology) in Trinity College Dublin in 1992, was elected to Fellowship (Trinity College) in 1997 and was awarded a personal chair in Cellular Neuroscience in 2006. In 2006 she was the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Conway Review Lecturer and Silver medal recipient. She was a member of the Board of Trinity College from 2005 to 2009 and Director of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience from 2006 to 2009. She. She was elected as a member to the Royal Irish Academy in 2009.
Marina Lynch has published over 210 papers, has over 11000 citations and her H-index is 56, supervised 36 PhD students to completion, mentored 32 post-doctoral fellows, several of whom have academic positions and has been an SFI-funded PI investigator since 2008.
She is head of the Neuroinflammation Research Group in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and her research focuses on investigating the impact of the neuroinflammatory changes that occur with age on neuronal function, especially in models of Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore a particular interest is in understanding the causes underlying the age-related changes in microglial phenotype and function, and the group is currently assessing the effect of peripheral immune cells on microglia.