Aoife Lowery, MB BCh BAO, MMed Sci, PDip(Clin Ed), PhD, FRCS (Adipose Stem Cells)

Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Professor Aoife Lowery is the Associate Professor of Surgery at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) and Consultant Surgeon at University Hospital Limerick Her clinical and surgical training was undertaken in the National University of Ireland Galway (MB BCh BAO, MRCS) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Higher Surgical Training Programme (FRCS). She has also completed an International Fellowships in Endocrine Surgery at France’s pre-eminent Endocrine Surgery unit in Marseille.

Professor Lowery’s research focuses predominantly on breast cancer and endocrine disease, with a translational science approach enhanced by her closely aligned clinical subspecialty interest in breast and endocrine surgery. She completed a Masters in Medical Science at NUI Galway and a PhD as part of the Molecular Medicine Ireland Clinician Scientist Fellowship, investigating the expression and function of microRNA in breast cancer. Professor Lowery’s current research interests include the genetic basis of thyroid disease, the molecular heterogeneity of breast cancer and the potential utilisation of adipose derived stem cells in regenerative medicine approaches to breast reconstruction. Her ongoing work on these themes investigates factors that drive tumour initiation, locoregional disease recurrence and microRNA regulation of cellular processes including stem cell differentiation.

Professor Lowery has received over 25 national and international research awards, and is widely published in the areas of the surgical management and molecular heterogeneity of breast and thyroid cancer.