Dr Andrew McDowell
Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology
Dr Andrew McDowell holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Queen’s University, Belfast. Prior to taking up an academic post at Ulster University in 2013, he was a Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University, Belfast and the Biological Research Centre, Szeged (European Centre of Excellence).
Dr McDowell is widely published, holds several patents and is an editor for a number of leading international journals. He is a regular reviewer for research funding organisations and also sits on the advisory board of several Biotech companies. Over the course of his career, he has attracted significant external research funding and frequently presents his work at international and national conferences.
His early work with The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle-upon Tyne and Newcastle University, on the role of Burkholderia cepacia complex pathogens in cystic fibrosis pulmonary transplant outcomes proved a ‘game changer’ in terms of patient risk-stratification, directly resulting in changes to the International Society for Heart and Lung transplantation guidelines for CF patients.
Currently, his research group is focused on the role of the resident human microbiota in health and disease, with a particular emphasis on inflammatory skin conditions, brain health, and infection as a driver of cancer. Dr McDowell continues to play a leading role in national and international collaborative projects, and is also an affiliate PI on the INTERREG VA-funded BREATH (Border and REgions Airways Training Hub) project. He has successfully supervised PhD students to completion, and is currently supervisor on a number of ongoing doctoral projects.
Dr McDowell is the Associate Course Director for BSc (Hon) Biomedical Science and teaches across a number of on-campus and distance learning undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including the MSc degree programmes in Personalised Medicine and PgDip in Physician Associate studies. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a registered STEM ambassador.