HoloRuminant’s People: Sinéad M. Waters!

Hi! I’m Sinéad M. Water, I am a Principal Research Officer in the Animal and Bioscience Research Department in Teagasc. I was also appointed Adjunct Professor at the Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory, Plant and Agri-Biosciences Research Centre, The Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland Galway in 2018. I lead a research programme in the application of genomics technologies to address key issues in agriculture, particularly in the role of the rumen microbiome in improving nutrient utilisation from feed and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane, from ruminant and its manipulation via animal breeding and dietary supplementation. I have developed a strong national and international research profile (with over 125 peer-reviewed published research papers and >180 conference proceedings) and I am Principal Investigator or lead Irish partner of many funded projects such as the US-Ireland Tripartite Research Fund, EU FACCE-JPI, ERA-GAS programme, EU Horizon 2020, Science Foundation Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Research Stimulus Fund. I am co-chair of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance for Agricultural Greenhouse Gas emissions and an active member of the Rumen Microbial Genomics Network and represent Ireland on the Expert group on methane for the EU Commission (DG-AGRI). I serve on editorial boards of Journals Frontiers in Microbiology and Nature Scientific Reports and I am an expert reviewer for international funding agencies such as Genome Canada, FCT (Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology) and Poland’s National Science Centre.