Professor Ed Lavelle, former president of the ISI, elected Member of The Royal Irish Academy

Updated: May 25



The Royal Irish Academy - Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann, is an all-island independent forum founded in 1785 that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The Royal Irish Academy aims to promote high levels of scholarship, to act as a national and international body for the various academic disciplines, to advise government in the fields of science, research and education and to promote collaboration between scholars and different learned institutions at home and abroad.


At present, the RIA has over 600 members. Among them, Irish residents as well as a small number of honorary members who live abroad are elected in recognition of their academic achievements. Each year, up to 24 new members are elected. The membership is awarded to persons who have attained the highest distinction by their unique contributions to education and research.


The Irish Society for Immunology is delighted to congratulate Professor Ed Lavelle, Professor in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin on his admittance to the Royal Irish Academy this year.


Prof. Lavelle served as the president of our Society for two consecutive periods since 2012 and continues to serve the ISI as a member of the Executive Committee in his role as ECI 2024 Congress President. He is a leading national and international expert in the field of vaccine adjuvants, has published numerous high-impact papers and has an impressive track record of competitive research funding from national and international sources.

Prof Lavelle is based at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and he is also part of the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) & Advanced Materials Bio-Engineering Research Centre (AMBER). His work is at the crossroads of immunology and biomaterials and focuses on unveiling the relationship between the physicochemical properties of biomaterials and their capacity to induce inflammatory and wound healing responses, unravelling the mode of action of vaccine adjuvants and development of novel mucosal vaccines.

He has mentored and continues to mentor undergraduate, MSc and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, served as Head of the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.

We congratulate Prof Lavelle for this achievement in recognition of his contribution to Science.


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