Dundalk Institute of Technology

Smooth Muscle

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Provides expertise on smooth muscle components of the BREATH Project.

Current projects include:

  • Role of Kv7 channels in Airway Smooth Muscle contraction
  • Role of bitter taste receptors in Airway Smooth Muscle contraction.
  • Role of TRPC channels in Airway Smooth Muscle contraction in health and COPD.
  • Relationship between DEPs, PAR-2 receptors and TRPV4 channels in airway smooth muscle contraction in health and COPD.
  • Tuning the selectivity of novel BK channel openers to target airway epithelium
  • Assessing changes in BK channel and regulatory subunit expression in epithelium in COPD

BREATH DKIT Ph.D. Students:

Professor Keith Thornbury (BREATH Lead)


Dr Mark Hollywood


Dr Gerard Sergeant


Dr Noel McHale


Dr Roddy Large


Dr Nicholas Mullins


Dr Eamonn Bradley



PhD Students

Shruti Kulkarni (PhD Student)


Kaneez Rabab (PhD Student)


Ritu Dwivedi (PhD Student)


Ruth Matthews (PhD Student)


Leanna Morgan (PhD Student)


Tuleen Alkawadri (PhD Student)


23rd August, 2018
BREATH Ayrshire Stakeholder Event

General News | Outreach News | Research

Breath COPD Research hosted an event bringing together over 50 healthcare workers, scientists, businesses and policy makers to discuss Scotland’s progress towards the deadly lung disease, COPD.

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21st November, 2017
DkIT researchers take centre stage at European Parliament to showcase cross-border investigations into COPD

General News | Outreach News | Research

01 December, 2017. Dundalk, Ireland.  Dr Keith Thornbury from the Smooth Muscle Research Centre in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), was invited to attend an exhibition and reception in the European Parliament, along with Professor Lorraine Martin from Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) and Professor John Lockhart from the University of the West of Scotland […]

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15th November, 2018
DkIT-led COPD Research Project Received NI Healthcare Award 2018

DKIT | General News | QUB | Research | UWS

The BREATH (Border and Regions Airways Training Hub) project, which is a cross-border partnership between Dundalk Institute of Technology, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of the West of Scotland, has been shortlisted for a Northern Ireland Healthcare Award.

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26th November, 2018
Impressive Impact of BREATH at Irish Thoracic Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2018(Belfast)

General News | Research

BREATH (Border and REgions Airways Training Hub) is a €7.75 M collaborative cross-border project focussed on increasing research capacity in the area of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and currently supports 16 4-year PhD students and 8 PDRAs across 3 institutions: Queen’s University Belfast; Dundalk Institute of Technology and the University of the West of […]

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18th April, 2018
Patent Award

General News | Research

Mark Hollwood received Patent Award on behalf of the Smooth Muscle Team.

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19th June, 2019
Pharmaceutical Industry jumps into Action at Queen’s University Belfast

General News | Research

BREATH and the School of Pharmacy with TEVA UK hosted a one-day interactive training session entitled “Pharmaceutical Industry in Action”, focused on enhancing understanding of how the pharmaceutical industry operates.

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20th July, 2019
BREATH team present at FASEB 2019

DKIT | General News | Research

The BREATH team of PIs, postdocs and PhDs from DkIT present in sunny Florida at the FASEB Smooth Muscle USA.

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12th September, 2017
BREATH partners together at first international conference

DKIT | General News | QUB | Research | UWS

BREATH PIs attended their first international conference as a team – European Respiratory Society meeting, Milan, Italy.

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2nd September, 2019
Dundalk Professors Three

DKIT | General News | Research

Congratulations to BREATH partners from the Dundalk Institute of Technology Smooth Muscle Research Centre, who have all just been made professors.

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  • Bráinín Lennon/Orla Kelleher
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Dublin Road
  • Dundalk
  • County Louth
  • Ireland
  • A91 K584



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