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Anne M. Friel

Lecturer, Dept. Life & Physical Science

  • afriel@ait.ie
  • Room: E56
  • Building: Main Institute Building
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science and Health

Dr Friel

holds a PhD in Medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a
BSc (Hon) in Analytical Science from Dublin City University , in addition to
a BSc (Hon) in Applied Biopharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences from
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, and a PGDip in Learning, Teaching and
Assessment from Athlone Institute of Technology.

On completion of her PhD (molecular & physiological aspects of pre-term
labour) at the National Diagnostics Centre, NUIG / Clinical Science
Institute, UCHG, she was employed at the National Centre for Biomedical
Engineering Science where she investigated maternal, placental & fetal
vascular regulation.

Dr Friel joined the staff of Harvard University (Harvard Medical School)
and Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, USA (2005) where her research work
resulted in the initial identification and characterization of cancer stem
cells in reproductive cancers. In 2009 she joined Molecular Therapeutics for
Cancer Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, as part of a multidisciplinary team
of scientists, clinicians and international biopharm/pharmaceutical
industrial partners identifying and characterizing putative biomarkers in
breast and prostate cancers. Following TCD, Dr Friel worked as a Staff
Scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2010),
developing cancer specific in vivo mouse models for the identification and
characterization of stem cells and cancer stem cells in gynaecological
cancers.

Dr Friel joined the lecturing staff of AIT in 2011, lecturing on a number
of programmes including: Biotechnology, Toxicology, Higher Certificate in
Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Health Science with Nutrition.

To date she has published 29 peer reviewed manuscripts, >60 peer
reviewed conference proceedings, 1 book and 1 book chapter. Her research
interests include: translational medicine, therapeutic oncology, novel
biologic testing, tumour development and cancer stem cells.

Dr Friel

is actively involved in research and has supervised candidates to successful
completion of PhD thesis 2014-2018, MSc thesis 2014 - present, and
Undergraduate final year projects 2011- present.

Dr Friel is an ad hoc reviewer for several national and international
scientific journals, has served as both internal and external examiner within
the IoT sector in Ireland and has served as judge for national and
international science organisations/competitions.

Dr Friel lectures on

a number of degree programmes including: Biotechnology, Toxicology, Higher
Certificate in Science, Pharmaceutical Science, and Health Science with
Nutrition

Dr Friel has attained many additional special purpose awards including Evaluation & Interpretation of Forensic Evidence, GDPR, Intellectual Property, HRB Cochrane Database and various Teaching, Learning and Assessment awards.

Dr Friel is a member

of ESAI, AACR, CTI, SGI and SSR

  • Biography

    Dr Friel

    holds a PhD in Medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a
    BSc (Hon) in Analytical Science from Dublin City University , in addition to
    a BSc (Hon) in Applied Biopharmaceutical and Healthcare Sciences from
    Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, and a PGDip in Learning, Teaching and
    Assessment from Athlone Institute of Technology.

    On completion of her PhD (molecular & physiological aspects of pre-term
    labour) at the National Diagnostics Centre, NUIG / Clinical Science
    Institute, UCHG, she was employed at the National Centre for Biomedical
    Engineering Science where she investigated maternal, placental & fetal
    vascular regulation.

    Dr Friel joined the staff of Harvard University (Harvard Medical School)
    and Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, USA (2005) where her research work
    resulted in the initial identification and characterization of cancer stem
    cells in reproductive cancers. In 2009 she joined Molecular Therapeutics for
    Cancer Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, as part of a multidisciplinary team
    of scientists, clinicians and international biopharm/pharmaceutical
    industrial partners identifying and characterizing putative biomarkers in
    breast and prostate cancers. Following TCD, Dr Friel worked as a Staff
    Scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2010),
    developing cancer specific in vivo mouse models for the identification and
    characterization of stem cells and cancer stem cells in gynaecological
    cancers.

    Dr Friel joined the lecturing staff of AIT in 2011, lecturing on a number
    of programmes including: Biotechnology, Toxicology, Higher Certificate in
    Science, Pharmaceutical Science and Health Science with Nutrition.

    To date she has published 29 peer reviewed manuscripts, >60 peer
    reviewed conference proceedings, 1 book and 1 book chapter. Her research
    interests include: translational medicine, therapeutic oncology, novel
    biologic testing, tumour development and cancer stem cells.

  • Research & Consultancy

    Dr Friel

    is actively involved in research and has supervised candidates to successful
    completion of PhD thesis 2014-2018, MSc thesis 2014 - present, and
    Undergraduate final year projects 2011- present.

    Dr Friel is an ad hoc reviewer for several national and international
    scientific journals, has served as both internal and external examiner within
    the IoT sector in Ireland and has served as judge for national and
    international science organisations/competitions.

  • Teaching Experience

    Dr Friel lectures on

    a number of degree programmes including: Biotechnology, Toxicology, Higher
    Certificate in Science, Pharmaceutical Science, and Health Science with
    Nutrition

  • Interests & Professional Development
    Dr Friel has attained many additional special purpose awards including Evaluation & Interpretation of Forensic Evidence, GDPR, Intellectual Property, HRB Cochrane Database and various Teaching, Learning and Assessment awards.
  • Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies

    Dr Friel is a member

    of ESAI, AACR, CTI, SGI and SSR