Siobhain O’Mahony is a lecturer and principal investigator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork (UCC). She is also a faculty member of the APC Microbiome Institute, UCC. Siobhain began her research in the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, which was funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship. Siobhain obtained a Ph.D. from the department of Psychiatry, UCC. She continued her research on adverse early life events and the development of pain-related disorders during a post-doctoral post in the APC Microbiome Institute, UCC. She then took up a post-doctoral position with GlaxoSmithKline validating lead compounds targeting visceral pain in models of irritable bowel syndrome. In 2008 Siobhain was appointed as Lecturer in UCC. She is involved in teaching the B.Sc. in Neuroscience course and Graduate Medical Entry students.
Siobhain’s research focuses on the role of adverse early life events in particular the disruption of the developing gut microbiota on the development of visceral pain and alterations in the signalling in the brain-gut-microbiota axis. She is also interested in infantile colic and gender-related differences in pain perception.