James Curtin, PhD‌

Head of School

Address:  Dublin Institute of Technology,

               Dublin 1,


Tel:         +353-1-402-4408

e-mail:     james.curtin@dit.ie

LinkedIn: https://ie.linkedin.com/in/curtinj

Scholar:   http://goo.gl/gsvwUa



James Curtin completed his PhD in 2003 in laboratory of Prof Tom Cotter, University College Cork. He then moved to Los Angeles, to work with Prof Maria Castro and Prof Pedro Lowenstein in the Gene Therapeutics Research Institute in Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre and University of California, Los Angeles for five years. A Faculty member in Dublin Institute of Technology since 2008, he is currently appointed as the Head of the School of Food Science & Environmental Health in DIT.  

James has authored 40 peer reviewed publications and has a H-index of 26. He has secured more than €500,000 research funding as lead applicant and €1,500,000 as co-applicant / collaborator and has successfully supervised two PhD student and 3 MPhil students to completion since 2011. He is currently lead supervisor for four PhD students and co-supervisor for five PhD students. Dr Curtin is an Editor of the Journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, the largest and most highly cited open access journal in Neuroscience. 


The goal of the Curtin Laboratory is to develop, understand and refine the use of technological solutions for the treatment of brain cancer. The research is funded through a variety of National and International research funding bodies including Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI), Irish Research Council (IRC) and Internal Funding. Our research involves preclinical pharmacological assessment of non-thermal atmospheric plasma, nanotechnology and other novel technologies. We combine these interventions with molecular approaches to augment the mode of cytotoxicity. This new knowledge will aid in the refinement of technological therapies in advance of human clinical studies.

Career Highlights

In my position, I have been afforded opportunities to support minorities and students with disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their ambitions in Higher Education. An example of this was the development of a new theoretical stream of BSc(Hons.) Food Innovation in the School to cater for students with profound Physical disabilities.
I have played a role in tackling poverty and illness through education. Bangladesh is a country  with 160 million people, and an estimated 10,000 Food Safety related deaths annually. Many of these occur in children under five years old and are entirely preventable.  I am leading an FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) sponsored project to develop a new BSc Food Safety Management and Regulatory Affairs in Bangladesh.
I was a lead researcher in the preclinical development and testing of a novel gene therapy for the treatment of advanced brain cancer. The research has led to the initiation of a Phase I clinical trial (NCT01811992: Combined Cytotoxic and Immune-Stimulatory Therapy for Glioma. December 2013 to December 2018. Trial registered by Professor Pedro Lowenstein) and has given hope to several patients with refractory, advanced brain cancer. 

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

James F. Curtin, Marianela Candolfi, Mariana Puntel, Weidong Xiong, AKM Ghulam Muhammad, Kurt Kroeger, Sonali Mondkar, Chunyan Liu, Niyati Bondale, Pedro R. Lowenstein, Maria G. Castro: Regulated Expression of Adenoviral Vectors-Based Gene Therapies. Methods in Molecular Biology (Gene Therapy Protocols) 01/2008; 434. DOI:10.1007/978-1-60327-248-3_15
Maria G Castro, James Curtin, Gwendalyn King, Marianela Candolfi, Peter Czer, Sandra Sciascia, Kurt Kroeger, Tamer Fakhouri, Sarah Honig, William Kuoy, Terry Kang, Stephen Johnson: Novel Gene Therapeutic Approaches to Brain Cancer. Gene Therapy for Neurological Disorders, 05/2006: pages 229-264; , ISBN: 978-0-8247-2847-2
James F Curtin, Thomas G Cotter: Apoptosis: Historical perspectives. Essays in Biochemistry 02/2003; 39:1-10. DOI:10.1042/bse0390001.

Journal Publications

1. Sojinrin, Tobiloba; Conde, Joao; Liu, Kangze; Curtin, James; Byrne, Hugh; Cui, Daxiang; Tian, Furong. Plasmonic gold nanoparticles for clinical screening of human cutaneous fungal infections Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2017 Accepted.

2. D Boehm, J Curtin, PJ Cullen, and P Bourke. Hydrogen peroxide and beyond - the potential of high voltage plasma-activated liquids against cancerous cells Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry, special issue. 2017 Accepted.

3. F Tian, J Conde, C Bao, Y Chen, J Curtin, D Cui: Gold nanostars for efficient in vitro and in vivo real-time SERS detection and drug delivery via plasmonic-tunable Raman/FTIR imaging Biomaterials 106, 87-97 11/2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.08.014

4. S Agarwal, M Morshed, MN Labour, D Hoey, B Duffy, J Curtin, S Jaiswal: Enhanced corrosion protection and biocompatibility of a PLGA–silane coating on AZ31 Mg alloy for orthopaedic applications RSC Advances 6 (115), 113871-113883 11/2016 DOI: 10.1039/C6RA24382G

5. Sankalp Agarwal, James Curtin, Brendan Duffy, Swarna Jaiswal. Biodegradable magnesium alloys for orthopaedic applications: A review on corrosion, biocompatibility and surface modifications. Materials Science and Engineering 11/2016 doi:10.1016/j.msec.2016.06.020 (Advance online publication)

6. Carlos Barcia, Gilles J Guillemin, James F Curtin, Jeffrey M Zirger: Editorial: Glial Cells: Managers of Neuro-Immunity. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 03/2016 10(60); doi: 10.3389/fncel.2016.00060

7. Gillian E Conway, Alan Casey, Vladimir Milosavljevic, Yupeng Liu, Orla Howe, Patrick J Cullen, and James F Curtin: Non-Thermal Atmospheric Plasma induces ROS-independent cell death in U373MG Glioma cells and augments the cytotoxicity of Temozolomide. British Journal of Cancer 02/2016 114, 435-443; doi:10.1038/bjc.2016.12

8. C Bao, J Conde, J Curtin, N Artzi, F Tian, D Cui: Bioresponsive antisense DNA gold nanobeacons as a hybrid in vivo theranostics platform for the inhibition of cancer cells and metastasis. Scientific Reports 07/2015; 5. DOI:10.1038/srep12297

9. C Barcia, J Curtin, J Zirger, D Larocque: Immunology and the Central Nervous System. Clinical and Developmental Immunology 12/2013; 2013:512684. DOI:10.1155/2013/512684

10. M Candolfi, GD King, K Yagiz, JF Curtin, Y Mineharu, AKMG Muhammad, D Foulad, KM Kroeger, N Barnett, R Josien, PR Lowenstein, MG Castro: Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells in the Tumor Microenvironment: Immune Targets for Glioma Therapeutics 1 2. Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.) 08/2012; 14(8):757-70. DOI:10.1593/neo.12794

11. Kelvin W C Poon, Fiona M Lyng, Peter Knief, Orla Howe, Aidan D Meade, James F Curtin, Hugh J Byrne, Joe Vaughan: Quantitative reagent-free detection of fibrinogen levels in human blood plasma using Raman spectroscopy. The Analyst 03/2012; 137(8):1807-14. DOI:10.1039/c2an35042d

12. Marianela Candolfi, James F Curtin, Kader Yagiz, Hikmat Assi, Mia K Wibowo, Gabrielle E Alzadeh, David Foulad, A K M G Muhammad, Sofia Salehi, Naomi Keech, Mariana Puntel, Chunyan Liu, Nicholas R Sanderson, Kurt M Kroeger, Robert Dunn, Gislaine Martins, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: B Cells Are Critical to T-cell—Mediated Antitumor Immunity Induced by a Combined Immune-Stimulatory/Conditionally Cytotoxic Therapy for Glioblastoma 1 2. Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.) 10/2011; 13(10):947-60. DOI:10.1593/neo.11024

13. Maria G. Castro, Marianela Candolfi, Kurt M. Kroeger, Gwendalyn D. King, James F. Curtin, Kader Yagiz, Yohei Mineharu, Hikmat Assi, Mia Wibowo, A. K.M. Ghulam Muhammad, David Foulad, Mariana Puntel, Pedro R. Lowenstein: Gene Therapy and Targeted Toxins for Glioma. Current Gene Therapy 05/2011; 11(3):155-180. DOI:10.2174/156652311795684722

14. Daniel Larocque, Nicholas S R Sanderson, Josée Bergeron, James F Curtin, Joe Girton, Mia Wibowo, Niyati Bondale, Kurt M Kroeger, Jieping Yang, Liliana M Lacayo, Kevin C Reyes, Catherine Farrokhi, Robert N Pechnick, Maria G Castro, Pedro R Lowenstein: Larocque, D, Sanderson, NS, Bergeron, J, Curtin, JF, Girton, J, Wibowo, M et al.. Exogenous fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 ligand overrides brain immune privilege and facilitates recognition of a neo-antigen without causing autoimmune neuropathology. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 107: 14443-14448. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 08/2010; 107(32):14443-8. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0913496107

15. Mariana Puntel, A K M G Muhammad, Marianela Candolfi, Alireza Salem, Kader Yagiz, Catherine Farrokhi, Kurt M Kroeger, Weidong Xiong, James F Curtin, Chunyan Liu, Niyati S Bondale, Jonathan Lerner, Robert N Pechnick, Donna Palmer, Philip Ng, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: A Novel Bicistronic High-Capacity Gutless Adenovirus Vector That Drives Constitutive Expression of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Thymidine Kinase and Tet-Inducible Expression of Flt3L for Glioma Therapeutics. Journal of Virology 04/2010; 84(12):6007-17. DOI:10.1128/JVI.00398-10

16. A K M G Muhammad, M Puntel, M Candolfi, A Salem, K Yagiz, C Farrokhi, K M Kroeger, W Xiong, J F Curtin, C Liu, K Lawrence, N S Bondale, J Lerner, G J Baker, D Foulad, R N Pechnick, D Palmer, P Ng, P R Lowenstein, M G Castro: Study of the Efficacy, Biodistribution, and Safety Profile of Therapeutic Gutless Adenovirus Vectors as a Prelude to a Phase I Clinical Trial for Glioblastoma. Clinical Pharmacology &#38 Therapeutics 02/2010; 88(2):204-213. DOI:10.1038/clpt.2009.260

17. Marianela Candolfi, Kader Yagiz, David Foulad, Gabrielle E Alzadeh, Matthew Tesarfreund, A K M Ghulam Muhammad, Mariana Puntel, Kurt M Kroeger, Chunyan Liu, Sharon Lee, James F Curtin, Gwendalyn D King, Jonathan Lerner, Katsuaki Sato, Yohei Mineharu, Weidong Xiong, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Release of HMGB1 in Response to Proapoptotic Glioma Killing Strategies: Efficacy and Neurotoxicity. Clinical Cancer Research 08/2009; 15(13):4401-14. DOI:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-09-0155

18. James F Curtin, Naiyou Liu, Marianela Candolfi, Weidong Xiong, Hikmat Assi, Kader Yagiz, Matthew R Edwards, Kathrin S Michelsen, Kurt M Kroeger, Chunyan Liu, A K M Ghulam Muhammad, Mary C Clark, Moshe Arditi, Begonya Comin-Anduix, Antoni Ribas, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: HMGB1 Mediates Endogenous TLR2 Activation and Brain Tumor Regression. PLoS Medicine 02/2009; 6(1):e10. DOI:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000010

19. James F Curtin, Marianela Candolfi, Weidong Xiong, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Turning the gene tap off; implications of regulating gene expression for cancer therapeutics. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 04/2008; 7(3):439-48. DOI:10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-07-2328

20. Gwendalyn D King, A K M Ghulam Muhammad, James F Curtin, Carlos Barcia, Mariana Puntel, Chunyan Liu, Sarah B Honig, Marianela Candolfi, Sonali Mondkar, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Flt3L and TK gene therapy eradicate multifocal glioma in a syngeneic glioblastoma model. Neuro-Oncology 03/2008; 10(1):19-31. DOI:10.1215/15228517-2007-045

21. Weidong Xiong, Marianela Candolfi, Kurt M Kroeger, Mariana Puntel, Sonali Mondkar, Daniel Larocque, Chunyan Liu, James F Curtin, Donna Palmer, Philip Ng, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Immunization Against the Transgene but not the TetON Switch Reduces Expression From Gutless Adenoviral Vectors in the Brain. Molecular Therapy 03/2008; 16(2):343-51. DOI:10.1038/sj.mt.6300375

22. James F Curtin, Marianela Candolfi, Tamer M Fakhouri, Chunyan Liu, Anderson Alden, Matthew Edwards, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Treg Depletion Inhibits Efficacy of Cancer Immunotherapy: Implications for Clinical Trials. PLoS ONE 02/2008; 3(4):e1983. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0001983

23. Marianela Candolfi, James F Curtin, W Stephen Nichols, Akm G Muhammad, Gwendalyn D King, G Elizabeth Pluhar, Elizabeth A McNiel, John R Ohlfest, Andrew B Freese, Peter F Moore, Jonathan Lerner, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Intracranial glioblastoma models in preclinical neuro-oncology: neuropathological characterization and tumor progression. J Neurooncol 85: 133-148. Journal of Neuro-Oncology 12/2007; 85(2):133-48. DOI:10.1007/s11060-007-9400-9

24. Marianela Candolfi, G Elizabeth Pluhar, Kurt Kroeger, Mariana Puntel, James Curtin, Carlos Barcia, A K M Ghulam Muhammad, Weidong Xiong, Chunyan Liu, Sonali Mondkar, William Kuoy, Terry Kang, Elizabeth A McNeil, Andrew B Freese, John R Ohlfest, Peter Moore, Donna Palmer, Phillip Ng, John D Young, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Optimization of adenoviral vector-mediated transgene expression in the canine brain invivo, and in canine glioma cells invitro. Neuro Oncol 9: 245-258. Neuro-Oncol 08/2007; 9(3):245-58. DOI:10.1215/15228517-2007-012

25. Marianela Candolfi, Kurt M Kroeger, G Elizabeth Pluhar, Josee Bergeron, Mariana Puntel, James F Curtin, Elizabeth A McNiel, Andrew B Freese, John R Ohlfest, Peter Moore, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Adenoviral-mediated gene transfer into the canine brain in vivo. Neurosurgery 02/2007; 60(1):167-77; discussion 178. DOI:10.1227/01.NEU.0000249210.89096.6C

26. Marianela Candolfi, James F Curtin, Wei-Dong Xiong, Kurt M Kroeger, Chunyan Liu, Altan Rentsendorj, Hasmik Agadjanian, Lali Medina-Kauwe, Donna Palmer, Philip Ng, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Effective High-Capacity Gutless Adenoviral Vectors Mediate Transgene Expression in Human Glioma Cells. Molecular Therapy 10/2006; 14(3):371-81. DOI:10.1016/j.ymthe.2006.05.006

27. Carlos Barcia, Clare E Thomas, James F Curtin, Gwendalyn D King, Kolja Wawrowsky, Marianela Candolfi, Wei-Dong Xiong, Chunyan Liu, Kurt Kroeger, Olivier Boyer, Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, David Klatzmann, Maria G Castro, Pedro R Lowenstein: In vivo mature immunological synapses forming SMACs mediate clearance of virally infected astrocytes from the brain. Journal of Experimental Medicine 10/2006; 203(9):2095-107. DOI:10.1084/jem.20060420

28. M Puntel, J.F. Curtin, J.M. Zirger, A.K.M. Muhammad, W Xiong, C Liu, J Hu, K.M. Kroeger, P Czer, S Sciascia, S Mondkar, P.R. Lowenstein, M.G. Castro: Quantification of High-Capacity Helper-Dependent Adenoviral Vector Genomes In Vitro and In Vivo , Using Quantitative TaqMan Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction. Human Gene Therapy 06/2006; 17(5):531-44. DOI:10.1089/hum.2006.17.531

29. James F Curtin, Gwendalyn D King, Carlos Barcia, Chunyan Liu, François X Hubert, Carole Guillonneau, Régis Josien, Ignacio Anegon, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase 3 Ligand Recruits Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells to the Brain. The Journal of Immunology 03/2006; 176(6):3566-77. DOI:10.4049/jimmunol.176.6.3566

30. Weidong Xiong, Shyam Goverdhana, Sandra A Sciascia, Marianela Candolfi, Jeffrey M Zirger, Carlos Barcia, James F Curtin, Gwendalyn D King, Gabriela Jaita, Chunyan Liu, Kurt Kroeger, Hasmik Agadjanian, Lali Medina-Kauwe, Donna Palmer, Philip Ng, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Regulatable Gutless Adenovirus Vectors Sustain Inducible Transgene Expression in the Brain in the Presence of an Immune Response against Adenoviruses. Journal of Virology 02/2006; 80(1):27-37. DOI:10.1128/JVI.80.1.27-37.2006

31. GD King, JF Curtin, M Candolfi, K Kroeger, PR Lowenstein, MG Castro: Gene Therapy and Targeted Toxins for Glioma. Current Gene Therapy 12/2005; 5(6):535-557. DOI:10.2174/156652305774964631

32. James Hynes, Tomás C O'Riordan, James Curtin, Thomas G Cotter, Dmitri B Papkovsky: Fluorescence based oxygen uptake analysis in the study of metabolic responses to apoptosis induction. Journal of Immunological Methods 12/2005; 306(1-2):193-201. DOI:10.1016/j.jim.2005.09.003

33. S Goverdhana, M Puntel, W Xiong, J M Zirger, C Barcia, J F Curtin, E B Soffer, S Mondkar, G D King, J Hu, SA Sciascia, M Candolfi, D S Greengold, P R Lowenstein, M G Castro: Regulatable gene expression systems for gene therapy applications. Mol Ther 2005; 12(2):189-211. DOI:10.1016/j.ymthe.2005.03.022

34. Sumia Ali, Gwendalyn D King, James F Curtin, Marianela Candolfi, Weidong Xiong, Chunyan Liu, Mariana Puntel, Queng Cheng, Jesus Prieto, Antoni Ribas, Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, Nico van Rooijen, Hans Lassmann, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Ali, S, King, GD, Curtin, JF, Candolfi, M, Xiong, W, Liu, C et al.. Combined immunostimulation and conditional cytotoxic gene therapy provide long-term survival in a large glioma model. Cancer Res 65: 7194-7204. Cancer Research 09/2005; 65(16):7194-204. DOI:10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-04-3434

35. James F Curtin, Gwendalyn D King, Marianela Candolfi, Remy B Greeno, Kurt M Kroeger, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Combining Cytotoxic and Immune-Mediated Gene Therapy to Treat Brain Tumors. Curr Topics Med Chem 02/2005; 5(12):1151-70. DOI:10.2174/156802605774370856

36. Xiangpeng Yuan, James Curtin, Yizhi Xiong, Gentao Liu, Sebastian Waschsmann-Hogiu, Daniel L Farkas, Keith L Black, John S Yu: Isolation of cancer stem cells from adult glioblastoma multiforme[J]. Oncogene 01/2005; 23(58):9392-400. DOI:10.1038/sj.onc.1208311

37. Sumia Ali, James F Curtin, Jeffrey M Zirger, Weidong Xiong, Gwendalyn D King, Carlos Barcia, Chunyan Liu, Mariana Puntel, Shyam Goverdhana, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro: Inflammatory and Anti-glioma Effects of an Adenovirus Expressing Human Soluble Fms-like Tyrosine Kinase 3 Ligand (hsFlt3L): Treatment with hsFlt3L Inhibits Intracranial Glioma Progression. Mol Therapy 12/2004; 10(6):1071-84. DOI:10.1016/j.ymthe.2004.08.025

38. James F Curtin, Thomas G Cotter: JNK Regulates HIPK3 Expression and Promotes Resistance to Fas-mediated Apoptosis in DU 145 Prostate Carcinoma Cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry 05/2004; 279(17):17090-100. DOI:10.1074/jbc.M307629200

39. James F Curtin, Thomas G Cotter: Curtin JF, Cotter TG.. Live and let die: regulatory mechanisms in Fas-mediated apoptosis. Cell Signal 15: 983-992. Cell. Signal.12/2003; 15(11):983-92. DOI:10.1016/S0898-6568(03)00093-7

40. J F Curtin, T G Cotter: Defects in death-inducing signalling complex formation prevent JNK activation and Fas-mediated apoptosis in DU 145 prostate carcinoma cells. British Journal of Cancer 12/2003; 89(10):1950-7. DOI:10.1038/sj.bjc.6601393

41. J F Curtin, T G Cotter: Anisomycin activates JNK and sensitises DU 145 prostate carcinoma cells to Fas mediated apoptosis. Br J Cancer 87: 1188-1194. British Journal of Cancer 12/2002; 87(10):1188-94. DOI:10.1038/sj.bjc.6600612

42. James F Curtin, Maryanne Donovan, Thomas G Cotter: Regulation and measurement of oxidative stress in apoptosis. Journal of Immunological Methods 08/2002; 265(1-2):49-72. DOI:10.1016/S0022-1759(02)00070-4

43. N M Finnegan, J F Curtin, G Prevost, B Morgan, T G Cotter: Induction of apoptosis in prostate carcinoma cells by BH3 peptides which inhibit Bak/Bcl-2 interactions. Br J Cancer 08/2001; 85(1):115-21. DOI:10.1054/bjoc.2001.1850


Other Publications

Fintan Moran and James Curtin. Developing a BSc Food Safety Management & Regulatory Affairs course in collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural University (2016)
Fintan Moran and James Curtin. A feasibility study on the development of a degree course for Food Inspectors in Bangladesh. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (2016)
Orla Cahill and James Curtin. Study tour on teaching methods in food inspection. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (2014)
Aoife Kelly, Barbara Delaney, Jesus Frias and James Curtin. Recommended advanced model curriculum for food inspectors in the Western Pacific Region. World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region Office. (2013)
Aoife Kelly, Barbara Delaney, Jesus Frias and James Curtin. Recommended minimum model curriculum for food inspectors in the Western Pacific Region. World Health Organisation Western Pacific Region Office. (2013)

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