Dr Barry Ryan



Tel: +353 1 402 4379

e-mail: barry.ryan@dit.ie

Twitter: @CBS_Lecturer

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Personal Details


I am an influential, award winning, and research active applied biochemist with a proven expertise in practitioner use of alternative research-based pedagogies in a modern higher education setting. I joined the academic staff of the School of Food Science and Environmental Health in 2009, and lecture on biotechnological, biochemical, chemical, quality and other ancillary aspects of Environmental Health, Food and Pharmaceutical Sciences. I have a strong track record of successful research centred-PI accomplishments, both in industry and academia. My research interests are diverse, but broadly fall into two strands: scientific and pedagogic. The focus of my scientific research is on novel enzyme biodiscovery with subsequent molecular cloning leading to rational and directed evolution of recombinant proteins; including protein molecular modelling and stability analysis, to leverage their diagnostic, environmental and therapeutic and applications. The emphasis of my pedagogical research is on the judicious integration of technology facilitated learning, game/scenario-based learning and also enhancing undergraduate technical and research skills. These two research strands are aligned under the overarching theme of research informed STEM education. My lab based research informs and maintains the currency of my undergraduate and postgraduate teaching through the connected curriculum paradigm; whilst my pedagogic research ensures the most appropriate approaches to teaching and learning are adopted to support all learners.

Professional Experience

2014 - Current: Adjunct Lecturer, Hibernia College

2012 – Current: Lecturer, DIT.

2009 – 2012: Assistant Lecturer, DIT.

2008 – 2009: Post Doctoral Fellow (Enterprise Ireland funded), DCU.

2006 – 2008: Research and Technical Specialist, Enfer Diagnostics Ltd.

2003: Molecular Biologist, Megazyme Intl.

2002:  Technical Scientist, Schering Plough.


2013 – 2015: MA in Higher Education, DIT.

2011 – 2013: MSc in Applied e-Learning, DIT.

2010 – 2011: Postgraduate Diploma in Third Level Teaching and Learning, DIT.

2003 – 2006: PhD in Biotechnology, DCU.

1999 – 2003: BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology, DCU.



Research Output Summary

A deatiled list of all conference proceedings are available here.

A full list of all elements of research and scholarly output is available here.


Current Research Projects

Evaluating mobile technologies to promote student in-class relational engagement for foundation level computer science students in an Irish higher education institute.
Mr. Nevan Birmingham (PhD candidate), Dr. Frances Boylan, Dr. Barry Ryan.

Production and application of a novel β-glucosidase for sustainable biomass conversion to renewable energy sources
Mr. Albert Uhoraningoga (PhD candidate), Prof. Gary Henehan, Dr. Barry Ryan.

High Quality Biofuel From Waste Water Grown Microalgae Using Novel Recombinant Lipase
Ms. Priyanka Suhag (PhD candidate), Prof. Gary Henehan, Dr. Barry Ryan.

New lipase enzymes for applications in the production of novel materials.
Ms. Yeqi Tan (PhD candidate), Dr. Gemma Kinsella, Prof. Gary Henehan, Dr. Barry Ryan

Integration of technology to enhance the student learning experience.
Dr. Barry Ryan.

Promotion of assessment for learning as a viable student learning evaluation.
Dr. Barry Ryan

“Students as Producers”; engaging undergraduate students in research like activities.
Dr. Barry Ryan.


Current Research Opportunities

Ongoing research opporitnuties for talented, determined and curious graduates interested in joining me on a research journey in, either,

  • enzymology applied to food & pharmaceuticals, or,
  • STEM Education Research

Please get in touch!


Previous Research Projects


Novel inhibitors of PrAO (Primary Amine Oxidase) as potential new therapeutics.
Mr. Padraig Shanahan (MPhil), Dr. Barry Ryan, Prof. Gary Henehan.
Graduated 2018

Production and Applications of novel recombinant glycosidases.
Mr. Prabhash Kumar (PhD candidate), Dr. Barry Ryan, Prof. Gary Henehan.
Graduated 2014

Investigations of aldo-keto reductases and homologous recombinant proteins.
Ms. Alka Singh (PhD candidate), Dr. Barry Ryan, Prof. Gary Henehan.
Graduated 2012

Development of Novel Veterinary Diagnostics based on Real Time PCR. Enterprise Ireland Industrial/Academic Partnership (2008-2010).
Dr. Barry Ryan, Dr. Eva Campion and Dr. Dermot Walls.
Completed 2010



The role of the postgraduate student in undergraduate teaching and learning.
Dr. Barry Ryan.
Completed 2017

Development of reusable learning resources for biochemistry teaching and learning.
Dr. Barry Ryan, Dr. Julie Dunne, Dr. Steve Meany, Dr. Jane Irwin (UCD) and Dr. Glynis Robinson (TCD).
Completed 2012

OVERSEAS:  Outgoing Erasmus Student Enhancement Study.
Dr. Paula Bourke, Dr. Jesus Frias, Dr. Julie Dunne, Dr. Barry Ryan.
Completed 2012

Effect of feedback and use on blended learning in first year science laboratories.
Dr. Barry Ryan, Dr. Julie Dunne.
Completed 2011


Funding Grants

A full list of research funding grants, past and current, is available here.


My approach to teaching has always been at the transformative edge and is underpinned by my integration of pedagogical research as a way to inform and shape my practice. This philosophy manifests itself as the ‘student as co-creator’ paradigm. I believe that students add real value to their understanding by actively participating in constructing their understanding, both inside and outside class. Suitably designed learning activities, supported by a judicious blend of technology, creates an innovative hybridised learning space where students enjoy learning with their peers, excel in their understanding of discipline content and development complementary soft skills and graduate attributes in a safe, technology-enhanced environment. This approach to academic development has shaped my current and past curriculum innovation and development. 


Reusable Learning Objects

The following learning resources are available for download under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. Click on the title to direct you to the related and freely downloadable resource.

    1. Solutions, dilutions and buffers
    2. Extraction of lipid from milk chocolate
    3. Introduction to Spectrophotometry
    4. Introduction to Chromatography
    5. Introduction to enzyme kinetics
    6. Introduction to enzyme assays
    7. Digestion and metabolism practical
    8. Blood analysis: Measurement of cellular and non-cellular components of blood
    9. Introduction to renal function, urinalysis and assay of pathological components of urine
    10. Science Bridge: Widening Participation in the Sciences


Professional Standing

 Professional Affiliations

AltC: Associate Member (since 2011)
Biochemical Society: Full Member (since 2014)
Higher Education Academy: Senior Fellow (since 2015)
Institute of Biologists of Ireland: Full Member (since 2011)
Royal Society of Chemistry: Full Member (since 2011)
Royal Society of Biology: Full Member (since 2017)



CSciTeach (Chartered Science Teacher; 2017)


Adjunct Roles

Lecturer in Technology Enabled Learning (Hibernia College, Dublin; since 2015)


Technology and Knowledge Transfer

Worldwide Patents (1)

Fagan, C and Ryan, B.J. (2008). Heme Peroxidase Polypeptides. WO Patent WO/2008/075,325.


Invention Disclosures (3)

Campion, E.M., Cooke, C., Cassidy, N., Ryan B.J. and Walls, D. (2010). “A real-time polymerase chain reaction based assay to detect bovine Herpesvirus 1”. Submitted to Dublin City University INVENT Centre, Dublin, Ireland. Invention Disclosure Ref: 2010/06/DCU
Campion, E.M., Cooke, C., Cassidy, N., Ryan B.J. and Walls, D. (2010). “A Novel Diagnostic Test to Detect Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus”. Submitted to Dublin City University INVENT Centre, Dublin, Ireland. Invention Disclosure Ref: 2010/07/DCU
Campion, E.M., Cooke, C., Cassidy, N., Ryan B.J. and Walls, D. (2010). “A Novel Diagnostic Test to Detect Bovine Parainfluenza Virus 3”. Submitted to Dublin City University INVENT Centre, Dublin, Ireland. Invention Disclosure Ref: 2010/08/DCU


Peer Recognition and Awards

Peer Reviewed Competitive Lab-based Research Awards (5)


    • Student Intern Scholarship (2002; Irish-US Council Fund)


    • INVENT Commercialisation Award (2010; DCU Invent Fund)
    • Outstanding Graduate Researcher Award, DCU (2007)
    • DCU Research Scholarship (2003, DCU Vice President for Research Fund)
    • Outstanding Undergraduate Award, DCU (2003)


Peer Reviewed Competitive Teaching and Learning Awards (4)


    • Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (2014)


    • Dublin Institute of Technology Academic Staff Access and Civic Engagement Award (2016).
    • Dublin Institute of Technology College of Science Presidential Teaching Award Fellowship. (2013)
    • Dublin Institute of Technology College of Science Presidential Teaching Award Fellowship. (2012)


Appointments and Committees


    • CHERPP Centre for Higher Education Research, Policy and Practice: Full Member
    • RSC Chemistry Education Research Group, Royal Society of Chemistry: Full Member            


    • Irish National Science Undergraduate Research Experience Journal: Chair
    • Irish National Science Undergraduate Research Experience Network: Full Member
    • Royal Society of Chemistry, Irish Regional Steering Group: Full Member


    • Dublin Institute of Technology Research and Integrity Committee: Full Member
    • College of Sciences and Health Learning, Teaching Assessment and Quality Assurance Committee: Full Member
    • School of Food Science and Environmental Health Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee: Full Member


Invited International Expert Reviewer

(See Publons Profile: https://publons.com/author/1319564/barry-ryan#profile)

Lab Based Research

    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology; SpringerISSN: 0175-7598.
    • Biomolecules; MPDI Journals (Open Access)ISSN: 2218-273X
    • Food and Function; Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing. ISSN: 2042-6496.
    • Food Research International; Elsevier. ISSN: 0963-9969.
    • International Journal of Molecular Sciences; MDPI Publishing (Open Access). ISSN 1661-6596.
    • Journal of Food Safety; Wiley and Blackwell. ISSN:1745-4565.

Educational Research

    • Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education; Taylor and Francis. ISSN: 0260-2938.
    • Chemistry Education Research and Practice; Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing. ISSN: 1109-4028.
    • Educational Research and Reviews; Academic Journals (Open Access). ISSN: 1990-3839.
    • Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning; Academic Journal (Open Access). ISSN 2009-972X.


Academic External Examiner

Postgraduate Research Examiner

  • PhD: DCU External Examiner (1, 2017) and DIT Internal Examiner (2; 2013 & 2014)


Academic Quality Assurance:

  • Departmental (on-going): Athlone Institute of Technology (2017-20),
  • Programmatic (review): Cork Institute of Technology (2017-18),
  • Programmatic (re-validation) Dundalk Institute of Technology (2017-18).


External Engagement and Outreach

Students Learning with Communities
Community Based Research (CBR)
I have supervised several final year dissertation outreach projects and coordinated new community partner relationships with collaborators such as Northside Partnership, , Spuds.ie and DesIRELAND; with the output being coherent, sustainable community based scientific research and one student authored, peer-reviewed publication.

Community Based Learning (CBL)
In my undergraduate teaching I pioneered an assessments as learning approach to student/community partner co-created projects in structural biochemistry. Over several years, this resulted in more than 75 interactive, digital resources to support national science communication (e.g. National Mens Forum).

Widening Participation
Funded under the competitive DIT Widening Participation Call, www.sciencebridge.ie as a crowd-sourced, self-paced, online support space that supports second level students, further education students and mature students in entering first year of a science programme at Third Level. A tangible impact of ScienceBridge, as indicated by an evaluative study, is an increased likelihood of first time Third Level students from socio-economic disadvantaged areas.


SciFest (National Science and Science Engagement competition) judge since 2013

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