Dr Brid Quilty


Senior Lecturer, DCU and 3U Global Health Researcher

Dr. Bríd Quilty is the Research Director of the Microbial Ecology Group at DCU and has been working in the area of Environmental Biotechnology for more than 20 years. During that time she has supervised many projects leading to the award of PhDs and MScs by research.She is external representative on the Biological Safety Committee, Pfizer, Grange Castle, Dublin.


She was Head of the School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University from 2002 – 2005 and during 2006 was a Research Scholar at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA and a Visiting Professor at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has a particular interest in the microbiology of water and wastewater treatment and current projects include a study of drinking water quality in rural Uganda. For list of Research Publications click here.


Q&A with Brid


Briefly describe what your current job entails?
I teach a range of courses in microbiology to undergraduate and postgraduate students and lead a multinational and interdisciplinary group of researchers with interests in many aspects of microbiology. Current research projects include the development of innovative ways to treat drinking water, improving the treatment of waste streams using selected microorganisms and testing novel compounds and novel materials for antimicrobial activity. I am a member of the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) and the Water Institute at DCU and am the DCU lead representative in 3U Global Health. I work closely with industry and am a member of the biological safety committee for Pfizer. Currently I am external examiner at Athlone Institute of Technology and I have been a judge at the BT Young Scientist and Technology competition since 1999.


Have there been any recent developments in your career?
My recent research in Uganda on the project Water Is Life: Amazzi Bulamu (http://waterislife.ie/) was very rewarding and has led to many further interesting opportunities in research and teaching in developing countries.


Why did you choose this particular career?
My father was a scientist and I grew up with an interest in science. I became interested in microbiology while studying science at UCD. During my time as a postgraduate student at UCD I was approached to fill a lecturing position in Carlow on a part-time basis. I loved the work and have been a college lecturer ever since.


What career might you have chosen if you weren’t in your current one?
When I was at school I studied a number of languages and considered a career in Foreign Affairs.


Where are you from originally?
I was born in Cork and spent much of my childhood in Tipperary where I went to school with the Ursulines in Thurles.


What public figure do you most admire and why?
I greatly admire Mary Robinson for her many achievements and for her ongoing work especially in the area of climate justice.


Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy walking and gardening and golf when I have time.


What kind of music do you like?
I like all kinds of music. Music was a central part of my education with the Ursulines where I learned to play the piano and the violin.


If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would love to visit the Galápagos Islands.

Dr Brid Quilty
Senior Lecturer, DCU and 3U Global Health Researcher