Welcome to the Apoptosis Research Centre!

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Based at NUI Galway, we are a group of Research Teams focused on investigating cell death in cancer.

Each of our Research Teams have unique research interests but a common theme across the centre is the investigation of cell death pathways (such as apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death that eliminates damaged and dangerous cells) that are important in cancer.
We work on a number of different cancer types including breast cancer, blood cancers and prostate and pancreatic cancer.

In addition to fostering an environment for excellent, collaborative research, we are also committed to training the next generation of cancer researchers. We place a strong emphasis on education and training, and we co-ordinate a number of prestigious EU Horizon 2020-funded Innovative Training Networks and Research Innovation and Staff Exchange programmes.

We aim to increase the impact of our work and to bring our discoveries closer to clinical use for the benefit of cancer patients. In the last number of years, we have established strong collaborations with industry, academic and clinical partners and we are always open to fostering new collaborations that will add value to our research.

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If you are interested in finding out more about our research or would like to work with us, please feel free to contact me or the other Team Leaders in our Centre. Also, keep up to date on our research developments by following us on Twitter!

Enjoy the rest of your visit to our website,


Afshin Samali,
Director of Apoptosis Research Centre, Professor of Biochemistry, NUI Galway