Darran is a Cancer Biologist who obtained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 2000. Subsequently, he conducted his postdoctoral training in cancer biology at Columbia University, New York and the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Prof Nick La Thangue, FRSE. He also spent addition time as a Visiting Fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School and the Netherlands Cancer Institute where he joined the group of Prof Rene Bernards. Darran returned to Ireland in 2004 as a HRB Career Development Fellow. In 2009 he was employed as a Research Fellow in Cancer Biology at UCD within the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and appointed as Senior Lecturer in Cancer Biology within SBBS in 2013. He moved his research group to RCSI in August 2015. Darran’s team (funded by the Irish Cancer Society and SFI) has extensive experience in the discovery of molecular determinants of cancer progression (via transcriptomic/functional genomic profiling), functional analysis using in vitro and xenograft models, and their clinical translation utilizing tissue microarrays. He was elected to the council of the Irish Association for Cancer Research in 2011 and awarded the 9th St Luke's Young Investigator award in 2012. Other prestigious awards include fellowships from the European Molecular Biology Organisation and the Human Frontiers Science Programme. Publications: 44 peer reviewed papers to date, including in Nature Cell Biology, Nature Reviews Cancer, Oncogene, EMBO Reports, Cancer Research and Clinical Cancer Research.