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National University of Ireland Galway - Ryan Institute (NUIG-RI)


The Ryan Institute is a cross-cutting Research Institute of NUI Galway with research groups drawn from all Colleges across NUI Galway. Its internationally-renowned expertise spans the sciences, engineering, socio-economics and health. Advancing sustainability and innovation is central to the research activities of the Ryan Institute's Research Centres/Clusters and Research Groups. The Ryan Institute is comprised of 12 Research Centres/Clusters spanning the four thematic research areas:

  1. Marine & Coastal
  2. Energy & Climate Change
  3. Agriculture & BioEconomy
  4. Environment & Health


  • Seagrass (Zostera) beds
  • Maerl beds
  • Tidal rapids
  • Sedimentary habitats
  • Rocky habitats


Experimental facilities

  • Dry laboratories
    • Light microscopes, fume hoods, freeze drier


Technology platforms

  • Structure and chemical analysis
    • Purification by HPLC and structure elucidation by NMR (500 and 600MHz) HRMS and Circular Dichroism of all families of specialised metabolites from marine organisms
    • Molecular biology and omics
      • Population and evolutionary genetics, including DNA extraction and PCR, with outsourced Sanger sequencing. These facilities have been applied to a range of taxa including cnidarians, cephalopods, fishes and sponges, with sufficient in-house expertise to tackle most groups.
    • Other technology platforms
      • Inductively Coupled Plasma. Mass Spectrometry, ICP-MS. The design includes a Class 6 and 7 clean room facilities for the preparation and analysis of samples for ultra-trace elemental analysis.


    National University of Ireland Galway
    Martin Ryan Marine Science Institute
    Liaison officer: Mark Johnson (, cc to:

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