Dr. Gwilym Williams


BSc (Microbiology) PhD (Biochemistry) MSB


Gwilym Williams joined DIT in 2004, with a core responsibility for teaching biotechnology. He lectures on the following courses:

European MSc degree in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (DT 218)

MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and Biotechnology (DT 233)

BSc Honours degree in Biomolecular Sience with Bioprocess Technology and Drug Development (DT226)

BSc Ordinary degree in Biosciences (DT 259)


He has acted as External Examiner at

University College Cork (Masters in Applied Science – Biotechnology, 2008 – 2011),

Hibernia College(Masters in Pharmaceutical Medicine, 2005-2009).

Instituteof Technology Sligo(2002-2006),DublinInstituteofTechnology(2003 – 2004),

Letterkenny Instituteof Technology(2000 – 2004) and

Athlone Instituteof Technology(2000 – 2004).

Research and Academic Interests:

His research interests include studying fungal morphogenesis, the biology of protein glycosylation and its relevance to the biopharmaceutical sector, studying best practice in technology transfer at the academic – industry interface, and researching public attitudes to modern biotechnology processes.

Prior to joining DIT, Gwilym was previously Head of International Programmes at the Enterprise Ireland Biotechnology Directorate. During this time he established and managed the Irish Regional Branch Office of the European Federation of Biotechnology, acted as National Contact Point for the EU Framework Programme 6 biotech programme (and as a government nominated ‘expert’ to FP6), and also sat on the Technical Committee of the EUCOST ‘Agriculture, Food and Biotechnology’ Programme (2000 – 2004).

Between 1998 and 2002 he was General Manager of the National Agricultural and Veterinary Biotechnology Centre at University College Dublin (and Commercial Manager between 1996 and 1998).  Prior to this he worked for a British biotechnology company, Proteus Molecular Design plc (in Ireland and UK), where he held responsibility for the management of a portfolio of biotechnology projects, including the development of diagnostics for prion disease (BSE and scrapie, subsequently commercialised by Enfer Scientific) and bovine TB, and also the development of novel therapeutics for cardiovascular disease.

Before joining the commercial sector, Gwilym held lectureships in microbiology-biotechnology at the Dublin Institute of Technology (1987 – 1992) and also at Trinity College Dublin (1992 – 1993).

He acts as a consultant to the biotechnology, government and education sectors.

Recent representative publications:

Murphy, C., Henchion, M., McCarthy, M. and Williams, G.A. (2011). The prospects for acceptance of animal cloning in the European food chain: early insights from an Irish sentinel group. Agbioforum 14(2) pp. 82-93.

Barry, D.J. and Williams, G.A. (2011). Microscopic characterization of filamentous miceobes: towards fully automated morphological quantification though image analysis. Journal of Microscopy 244(1) pp. 1-20.


Barry, D.J., Chan, C. and Williams, G.A. (2009). Morphological quantification of filamentous fungal development using membrane immobilization and automatic image analysis. Journal of Industrial Microbology and Biotechnology 36(6) pp. 787 - 800.


 Gwilym Williams Publications  



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