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2015 winner: David Courtney

David Courtney obtained his BSc Biomedical Sciences from Ulster University in 2012. He continued his studies at the University with a DEL funded PhD studentship in the laboratory of Professor Tara Moore. The focus of David’s PhD research was on the development of personalised medicines to treat inherited corneal dystrophies. During this time David was the first author of five peer-reviewed research papers, and contributed to six in total.

During the second year of David’s PhD he was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship, which funded research stays at Aarhus University and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Modena, Italy, during his final year. 

Towards the end of his PhD David’s research began to evolve into gene editing methodologies. David has since published some of his work in this area, where he utilised a novel and ground breaking system known as CRISPR/Cas9 to specifically knockout the expression of a disease-causing gene in the cornea.

The generation and publication of David’s doctoral research has resulted in a number of national and international conference invitations including EMBO, ARVO and a Cold Spring Harbour meeting. 

David will continue his research into novel CRISPR/Cas9 based therapeutics as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Professor Bryan Cullen at Duke University, USA in the New Year.

Previous winners

2015David Courtney
2014Vahab Youssofzadeh
2013Somak Mitra
2012Bill Tormey


John Re Scott postgraduate award criteria.