National University of Ireland Galway


NUIG is a research-led university in the West of Ireland and is ranked within the top 250 universities worldwide based on data from QS World University Rankings 2020. In 2018 the University income exceeded €240 million of which over €61 million was from competitive external research funding. NUIG is involved in over >150 Horizon 2020 projects and has received over €81 million in funding from the programme up to March 2020. NUIG places a strong focus on providing a supportive and exciting environment for its researchers and was awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo by the European Commission in late 2013. In 2018 NUIG achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award recognising the commitment of the university in advancing the careers of women in STEMM. In 2019, NUIG became a University of Sanctuary where it has undertaken a series of strategies to make it a more inclusive and equitable campus for all, particularly those in Direct Provision and members of the Traveller community, by providing access to higher education opportunities in a supportive environment. The Thiele lab has dedicated office and research laboratory space within the School of Natural Sciences (Orbsen building), along with full access to research platforms, facilities, and support services across the university. It has access to physical and intellectual resources at the SFI Centres CURAM and Insight, as well as the Lambe Institute and the HRB Clinical Research Facility, Galway. NUIG houses modern laboratory spaces for molecular biology, microbiology, and biochemistry. At NUI Galway, the Information Solutions and Services (ISS) provide IT solutions and support to staff and research projects. Through NUI Galway, the lab has access to the Irish Centre for High End Computing facility, which offers access to high-performance computing, large data storage, computational support, and bioinformatics expertise.

Competence and main role(s) in the project

The competence of NUIG is computational biology, adopting a main role of microbiome data integration, analysis, and modelling for mechanism-driven hypothesis generation.

Project staff

Ines Thiele
Ines earned her bioinformatics PhD in from the University of California, San Diego. She was then Assistant Professor at the University of Iceland, and later Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg. Since 2019, Ines is Professor for Systems Biomedicine at NUI Galway, and a PI in APC. She has received the ATTRACT fellowship from the Fonds National de la Recherche (Luxembourg) and was elected as EMBO Young Investigator. In 2017, she was awarded a prestigious ERC Starter grant.