Keelan Lawlor


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PhD student

My research interest is the potential novel application of complex marine microalgae-derived lipids. Previous research evaluated the antimicrobial potential of fatty acids when combined with conventional antimicrobials against antibiotic resistant bacteria.

I am trained in:
lipid analysis (HPTLC; GC-FID/MS)
microbiology (drug susceptibility; drug-drug interactions; haemolysis; Class II human pathogens)
molecular biology (DNA extraction; PCR; gel electrophoresis)
using Galleria mellonella larvae as an infection model
assessing fish health

Contact details:
  • Keelan.Lawlor@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559000
  • +44 (0)2147483647


  • keelanl

My PhD work at SAMS focusses on microalgae derived natural products, specifically complex lipids, their properties and potential novel applications.


Supervisors

Dr Michele Stanley, SAMS

Professor John Day, SAMS

Isabella Van Damme, Mars Chocolate UK Ltd

Funders

BBSRC and Mars Chocolate UK Ltd

University

University of the Highlands and Islands

Peer-reviewed publications

A. P. Desbois, & K. C. Lawlor. (2013). Antibacterial activity of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids against Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus. Mar. Drugs 11, 4544–4557 (2013).

Poster presentations

K. C. Lawlor, J. G. Day, I. Van Damme, M. S. Stanley. (2017). Marine microalgae as sources of phospholipids and sterols for use as nutraceuticals and encapsulation systems. Microbiology Society Annual Conference, Edinburgh.

K. C. Lawlor, J. G. Day, I. Van Damme, M. S. Stanley. (2017). Marine microalgae as sources of phospholipids and sterols for use as nutraceuticals and encapsulation systems. British Phycological Society Winter Meeting, Bangor University.

K. C. Lawlor, J. G. Day, I. Van Damme, M. S. Stanley. (2016). Evaluating microalgae for the production of natural surfactants. UHI Staff/Student Research Conference, Inverness.

K. C. Lawlor and A. P. Desbois (2013). Antimicrobial effects of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on Staphylococcus aureus. Scottish Lipid Discussion Group Conference, University of Stirling.

Other research outputs

A. P. Desbois and K. C. Lawlor. (2013). Efficacy of EPA, GLA, salicylic acid and combinations thereof against Propionibacterium acnes. Submitted to Dignity Sciences Ltd (Grant report).

A. P. Desbois and K. C. Lawlor. (2012). Effectiveness of three antimicrobial fatty acids against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes. Submitted to Dignity Sciences Ltd (Grant report).

Professional activities

Postgraduate representative on the UHI research degrees committee (RDC)


Teaching experience

Assisted in 3-4 undergrad/Masters practical classes (seven classes between 2016 and 2017).

Provided two (separately) undergrad students with work experience learning basic molecular and microalgae/bacteria culture techniques.

Assisted with marking of Masters presentations.

In previous role as a lipid analyst (University of Stirling), provided training to undergrad and postgrad students in lipid extraction and fatty acid analysis techniques.

Fieldwork experience

Underwater TV Survey. (2009). Participated as a student in an UWTV survey for Nephrops norvegicus in the Celtic Sea on the RV Celtic Voyager.

Fisheries Sampling. (2009/2008). Sampling various fish species landed at fishing ports around the Republic of Ireland. Sampling involved length, weight and otolith removal for aging purposes.


Media coverage

http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/12December/Pages/Fatty-acids-in-marine-algae-could-treat-skin-problems.aspx

http://www.dickmanchemist.co.uk/health-news/news/2013/december/fatty-acids-in-marine-algae-could-treat-skin-problems

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2515666/Could-ALGAE-secret-clear-skin-Study-finds-fatty-acids-marine-plants-treat-acne.html


Professional memberships

British Phycological Society

International Society for Applied Phycology

Microbiology Society

International Phycological Society


Professional training courses

First Aid at Work. (2016). British Association of Ski Patrollers.

Gas Chromatography Method Development Course. (2015). Crawford Scientific.

Career

2013-2015  Lipid Analyst. University of Stirling

2012-2013  Technician (Microbiology). University of Stirling


Education

2012  MSc (Merit) Aquatic Pathobiology. University of Stirling

2010  BSc (Hons) Marine Science. National University of Ireland, Galway.