Lecturer
Microbiology
Microbiology Department
University College Cork

T: +353 21 490 2392
F: +353 21 490 3101
E: J.Morrissey@ucc.ie
John Morrissey graduated in 1990 from University College Cork with a BSc in Microbiology. He subsequently moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany to carry out research for his PhD in the area of yeast cell biology and was awarded a PhD for this research in 1994. His post-doctoral research career brought him first to the University of California, Berkeley, USA (1995-1997) and then to the John Innes Research Centre, Norwich, UK (1998-2000).  In UC Berkeley, his research continued the theme of his PhD and focused on regulation of gene expression in yeast.  At the John Innes Centre, his research focus then shifted to fungi, where he worked mainly on fungi that causes disease in crop plants. In 2000 & 2001, he took up research and teaching positions in the Department of Microbiology, UCC and since 2003 has led his own research group of postgraduate and post-doctoral scientists working in the broad areas of microbial ecology, microbe-host interactions and yeast biotechnology.  His research has been widely published  in scientific journals.  He is also actively involved in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and teaches modules in Microbiology, Genetics and Biotechnology.


Research Overview  
·      Yeast Biotechnology
·      Signalling between pathogenic yeast and bacteria
·      Yeast Biodiversity
·      Microbial Ecology

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2013)'Genome-wide investigation of cellular targets and mode of action of the antifungal bacterial metabolite 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol in Saccharomyces cerevisiae'
Troppens DM, Dmitriev RI, Papkovsky DB, O'Gara F, Morrissey JP (2013) 'Genome-wide investigation of cellular targets and mode of action of the antifungal bacterial metabolite 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol in Saccharomyces cerevisiae' [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Exploitation of glucose catabolic gene fusions to investigate in situ expression during Pseudomonas-plant interactions'
Rice, O., Miller, S.H., Morrissey, J.P, and O'Gara, F.; (2011) 'Exploitation of glucose catabolic gene fusions to investigate in situ expression during Pseudomonas-plant interactions' [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Functional genomics analysis of plant growth-promoting rhizobacterial traits involved in rhizosphere competence'
Barret, M., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F.; (2011) 'Functional genomics analysis of plant growth-promoting rhizobacterial traits involved in rhizosphere competence' [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Functional metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes and biosurfactants with biotechnological applications from marine ecosystems'
Kennedy, J., O'Leary, N.D., Kiran, G.S., Morrissey, J.P., O'Gara, F., Selvin, J., and Dobson, A.D.W.; (2011) 'Functional metagenomic strategies for the discovery of novel enzymes and biosurfactants with biotechnological applications from marine ecosystems' [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Diversity and anti-microbial activity of bacteria from the coastal marine sponges Amphilectus fucorum and Eurypon major'
Margassery, L.M., Kennedy, J., O'Gara, F., Dobson, A.D.W. and Morrissey, J.P. (2011) 'Diversity and anti-microbial activity of bacteria from the coastal marine sponges Amphilectus fucorum and Eurypon major' [Details]
(2011)'Implications of interspecies signaling for virulence of bacteria and fungal pathogens'
Holcombe, L.J., O’Gara, F., and Morrissey, J.P. (2011) 'Implications of interspecies signaling for virulence of bacteria and fungal pathogens' [Details]
(2011)'Genomic analysis of the type VI secretion systems in Pseudomonas spp.: novel clusters and putative effectors uncovered'
Barret, M., Egan, F., Fargier, E., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F.; (2011) 'Genomic analysis of the type VI secretion systems in Pseudomonas spp.: novel clusters and putative effectors uncovered' Globe icon [Details]
(2011)'Physiological and metabolic diversity in the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus'
Lane, M. M.,Burke, N.,Karreman, R.,Wolfe, K. H.,O'Byrne, C. P.,Morrissey, J. P.; (2011) 'Physiological and metabolic diversity in the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus' Globe icon [Details]
(2011)'The Pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS), and its precursor HHQ, modulate interspecies and interkingdom behaviour'
Reen, F.J., Mooij, M.J., Holcombe, L.J., McSweeney, C.M., McGlacken, G.P., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F.; (2011) 'The Pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS), and its precursor HHQ, modulate interspecies and interkingdom behaviour' Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Tetracycline resistance-encoding plasmid from Bacillus sp. strain #24, isolated from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans'
Phelan, R.W., Clarke, C., Morrissey, J.P., Dobson, A.D., O'Gara, F., and Barbosa, T.M.; (2011) 'Tetracycline resistance-encoding plasmid from Bacillus sp. strain #24, isolated from the marine sponge Haliclona simulans' [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Genomic analysis of the type VI secretion systems in Pseudomonas spp.: novel clusters and putative effectors uncovered'
Barret, M., Egan, F., Fargier, E., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F.; (2011) 'Genomic analysis of the type VI secretion systems in Pseudomonas spp.: novel clusters and putative effectors uncovered' [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Endoglucanase activities and growth of marine-derived fungi isolated from the sponge Haliclona simulans'
Baker, PW; Kennedy, J; Morrissey, J; O'Gara, F; Dobson, ADW; Marchesi, JR; (2010) 'Endoglucanase activities and growth of marine-derived fungi isolated from the sponge Haliclona simulans' [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Kluyveromyces marxianus: a yeast emerging from its sister's shadow'
Lane, MM; Morrissey, JP; (2010) 'Kluyveromyces marxianus: a yeast emerging from its sister's shadow' Globe icon [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Marine metagenomics: new tools for the study and exploitation of marine microbial metabolism'
Kennedy, J.,Flemer, B.,Jackson, S. A.,Lejon, D. P.,Morrissey, J. P.,O'Gara, F.,Dobson, A. D.; (2010) 'Marine metagenomics: new tools for the study and exploitation of marine microbial metabolism' Globe icon [Details]
(2010)'Pseudomonas aeruginosa secreted factors impair biofilm development in Candida albicans'
Holcombe, LJ; McAlester, G; Munro, CA; Enjalbert, B; Brown, AJP; Gow, NAR; Ding, C; Butler, G; O'Gara, F; Morrissey, JP; (2010) 'Pseudomonas aeruginosa secreted factors impair biofilm development in Candida albicans' [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'The Pseudomonas fluorescens secondary metabolite 2,4 diacetylphloroglucinol impairs mitochondrial function in Saccharomyces cerevisiae'
Gleeson, O; O'Gara, F; Morrissey, JP; (2010) 'The Pseudomonas fluorescens secondary metabolite 2,4 diacetylphloroglucinol impairs mitochondrial function in Saccharomyces cerevisiae' Globe icon [Details]
(2009)'Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes by acetate, benzoate and sorbate: weak acid tolerance is not influenced by the glutamate decarboxylase system'
Heavin, S. B.,Brennan, O. M.,Morrissey, J. P.,O'Byrne, C. P.; (2009) 'Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes by acetate, benzoate and sorbate: weak acid tolerance is not influenced by the glutamate decarboxylase system' Globe icon [Details]
(2009)'Evolutionary history of the phl gene cluster in the plant-associated bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens'
Moynihan, J. A.,Morrissey, J. P.,Coppoolse, E. R.,Stiekema, W. J.,O'Gara, F.,Boyd, E. F.; (2009) 'Evolutionary history of the phl gene cluster in the plant-associated bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens' Globe icon [Details]
(2008)'Signal-mediated interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans'
McAlester, G.,O'Gara, F.,Morrissey, J. P.; (2008) 'Signal-mediated interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans' Globe icon [Details]
(2007)'Molecular cloning and expression analysis of two distinct beta-glucosidase genes, bg1 and aven1, with very different biological roles from the thermophilic, saprophytic fungus Talaromyces emersonii'
Collins, C. M.,Murray, P. G.,Denman, S.,Morrissey, J. P.,Byrnes, L.,Teeri, T. T.,Tuohy, M. G.; (2007) 'Molecular cloning and expression analysis of two distinct beta-glucosidase genes, bg1 and aven1, with very different biological roles from the thermophilic, saprophytic fungus Talaromyces emersonii' Globe icon [Details]
(2007)'Manipulation of host Kruppel-like factor (KLF) function by exotoxins from diverse bacterial pathogens'
O'Grady, E., Mulcahy, H., Adams, C., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F.; (2007) 'Manipulation of host Kruppel-like factor (KLF) function by exotoxins from diverse bacterial pathogens' Globe icon [Details]
(2006)'Dual effects of plant steroidal alkaloids on Saccharomyces cerevisiae'
Simons, V.,Morrissey, J. P.,Latijnhouwers, M.,Csukai, M.,Cleaver, A.,Yarrow, C.,Osbourn, A.; (2006) 'Dual effects of plant steroidal alkaloids on Saccharomyces cerevisiae' Globe icon [Details]
(2006)'Molecular-based strategies to exploit Pseudomonas biocontrol strains for environmental biotechnology applications'
Mark, G., Morrissey, J.P., Higgins, P., and O'Gara, F.; (2006) 'Molecular-based strategies to exploit Pseudomonas biocontrol strains for environmental biotechnology applications' Globe icon [Details]
(2006)'Differential expression of genes involved in iron metabolism in Aspergillus fumigatus'
Power, T.,Ortoneda, M.,Morrissey, J. P.,Dobson, A. D.; (2006) 'Differential expression of genes involved in iron metabolism in Aspergillus fumigatus' Globe icon [Details]
(2005)'Identification of two lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase genes with overlapping function in Pseudomonas fluorescens'
Cullinane, M., Baysse, C., Morrissey, J.P., and O'Gara, F.; (2005) 'Identification of two lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase genes with overlapping function in Pseudomonas fluorescens' [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'Modulation of quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa through alteration of membrane properties'
Baysse, C., Cullinane, M., Denervaud, V., Burrowes, E., Dow, J.M., Morrissey, J.P., Tam, L., Trevors, J.T., and O'Gara, F.; (2005) 'Modulation of quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa through alteration of membrane properties' [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'Establishment of DsRed.T3_S4T as an improved autofluorescent marker for microbial ecology applications'
Dandie, C. E.,Larrainzar, E.,Mark, G. L.,O'Gara, F.,Morrissey, J. P.; (2005) 'Establishment of DsRed.T3_S4T as an improved autofluorescent marker for microbial ecology applications' Globe icon [Details]
(2005)'Transcriptome profiling of bacterial responses to root exudates identifies genes involved in microbe-plant interactions'
Mark GL, Dow JM, Kiely PD, Higgins H, Haynes J, Baysse C, Abbas A, Foley T, Franks A, Morrissey J, O'Gara F; (2005) 'Transcriptome profiling of bacterial responses to root exudates identifies genes involved in microbe-plant interactions' [DOI] [Details]
(2005)'New technologies for a systems-biology approach to investigate microbe-plant interactions'
Kiely, P.,Haynes, J. M.,Higgins, C. H.,Mark G. L.,Morrissey, J. P.,O’Gara, F.; (2005) 'New technologies for a systems-biology approach to investigate microbe-plant interactions' [Details]
(2005)'Applications of autofluorescent proteins for in situ studies in microbial ecology'
Larrainzar, E., O'Gara, F., and Morrissey, J.P.; (2005) 'Applications of autofluorescent proteins for in situ studies in microbial ecology' Globe icon [Details]
(2004)'The Vibrio seventh pandemic island-II is a 26.9 kb genomic island present in Vibrio cholerae El Tor and O139 serogroup isolates that shows homology to a 43.4 kb genomic island in V. vulnificus'
O'Shea, Y.A., Finnan, S., Reen, F.J., Morrissey, J.P., O'Gara, F., and Boyd, E.F.; (2004) 'The Vibrio seventh pandemic island-II is a 26.9 kb genomic island present in Vibrio cholerae El Tor and O139 serogroup isolates that shows homology to a 43.4 kb genomic island in V. vulnificus' [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Characterisation of the saponin hydrolysing enzyme avenacoside-alpha-L-rhamnosidase from the fungal pathogen of cereals, Stagonospora avenae'
Hughes HB, Morrissey JP and Osbourn AE ; (2004) 'Characterisation of the saponin hydrolysing enzyme avenacoside-alpha-L-rhamnosidase from the fungal pathogen of cereals, Stagonospora avenae' [Details]
(2004)'What can bacterial genome research teach us about bacteria-plant interactions?'
Puhler, A., Arlat, M., Becker, A., Gottfert, M., Morrissey, J. P., and O'Gara, F.; (2004) 'What can bacterial genome research teach us about bacteria-plant interactions?' Globe icon [Details]
(2004)'Genome diversity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from cystic fibrosis patients and the hospital environment'
Finnan, S.,Morrissey, J. P.,O'Gara, F.,Boyd, E. F.; (2004) 'Genome diversity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from cystic fibrosis patients and the hospital environment' Globe icon [Details]
(2004)'Are microbes at the root of a solution to world food production? Rational exploitation of interactions between microbes and plants can help to transform agriculture'
Morrissey, J.P., Dow, J.M., Mark, G.L., and O'Gara, F.; (2004) 'Are microbes at the root of a solution to world food production? Rational exploitation of interactions between microbes and plants can help to transform agriculture' [DOI] [Details]
(2002)'Exploitation of genetically modified inoculants for industrial ecology applications'
Morrissey, J. P.,Walsh, U. F.,O'Donnell, A.,Moenne-Loccoz, Y.,O'Gara, F.; (2002) 'Exploitation of genetically modified inoculants for industrial ecology applications' Globe icon [Details]
(2002)'Characterization of interactions between the transcriptional repressor PhlF and its binding site at the phlA promoter in Pseudomonas fluorescens F113'
Abbas, A.,Morrissey, J. P.,Marquez, P. C.,Sheehan, M. M.,Delany, I. R.,O'Gara, F.; (2002) 'Characterization of interactions between the transcriptional repressor PhlF and its binding site at the phlA promoter in Pseudomonas fluorescens F113' Globe icon [Details]
(2001)'Pseudomonas for biocontrol of phytopathogens: from functional genomics to commercial exploitation'
Walsh, U. F., Morrissey, J. P., and O'Gara, F.; (2001) 'Pseudomonas for biocontrol of phytopathogens: from functional genomics to commercial exploitation' Globe icon [Details]
(2000)'Stagonospora avenae secretes multiple enzymes that hydrolyze oat leaf saponins'
Morrissey, J. P.,Wubben, J. P.,Osbourn, A. E.; (2000) 'Stagonospora avenae secretes multiple enzymes that hydrolyze oat leaf saponins' Globe icon [Details]
(1999)'Fungal resistance to plant antibiotics as a mechanism of pathogenesis'
Morrissey, J. P.,Osbourn, A. E.; (1999) 'Fungal resistance to plant antibiotics as a mechanism of pathogenesis' Globe icon [Details]
(1999)'Decapping of stabilized, polyadenylated mRNA in yeast pab1 mutants'
Morrissey, J. P.,Deardorff, J. A.,Hebron, C.,Sachs, A. B.; (1999) 'Decapping of stabilized, polyadenylated mRNA in yeast pab1 mutants' [Details]
(1997)'U14 small nucleolar RNA makes multiple contacts with the pre-ribosomal RNA'
Morrissey, J. P.,Tollervey, D.; (1997) 'U14 small nucleolar RNA makes multiple contacts with the pre-ribosomal RNA' Globe icon [Details]
(1996)'Recognition of cleavage site A(2) in the yeast pre-rRNA'
Allmang, C.,Henry, Y.,Wood, H.,Morrissey, J. P.,Petfalski, E.,Tollervey, D.; (1996) 'Recognition of cleavage site A(2) in the yeast pre-rRNA' Globe icon [Details]
(1996)'Processing of the yeast pre-rRNA at sites A(2) and A(3) is linked'
Allmang, C.,Henry, Y.,Morrissey, J. P.,Wood, H.,Petfalski, E.,Tollervey, D.; (1996) 'Processing of the yeast pre-rRNA at sites A(2) and A(3) is linked' Globe icon [Details]
(1995)'Birth of the snoRNPs: the evolution of RNase MRP and the eukaryotic pre-rRNA-processing system'
Morrissey, J. P.,Tollervey, D.; (1995) 'Birth of the snoRNPs: the evolution of RNase MRP and the eukaryotic pre-rRNA-processing system' Globe icon [Details]
(1994)'The 5' end of yeast 5.8S rRNA is generated by exonucleases from an upstream cleavage site'
Henry, Y.,Wood, H.,Morrissey, J. P.,Petfalski, E.,Kearsey, S.,Tollervey, D.; (1994) 'The 5' end of yeast 5.8S rRNA is generated by exonucleases from an upstream cleavage site' Globe icon [Details]
(1993)'Yeast snR30 is a small nucleolar RNA required for 18S rRNA synthesis'
Morrissey, J. P.,Tollervey, D.; (1993) 'Yeast snR30 is a small nucleolar RNA required for 18S rRNA synthesis' Globe icon [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Society for General Microbiology: Eukaryotic Microbiology Division Committee Member2010 / 2013
External Grant reviewer for National and International funding agencies Expert Evaluator2003 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork: 2002 - current College Lecturer01-SEP-01 / 30-DEC-99
University College Cork, Ireland: 2000-2002 Research Scientist01-APR-00 / 30-SEP-01
John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK: 1998-2000 Post-doctoral researcher01-OCT-97 / 30-MAR-00
University of California, Berkeley, USA: 1995- 1997 Post-doctoral researcher01-JAN-95 / 30-AUG-97
European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany: 1990-1994 Post-graduate student01-OCT-90 / 31-DEC-94

Education

 YearInstituionQualificationSubject
1990UCC BSCMicrobiology
1994European Molecular Biology Laboratory PHDMolecular Biology
2006UCC Postgraduate DiplomaTeaching and Learning in Higher Education
 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2014Advanced Molecular Microbial Biotechnology MB6004Advanced Molecular Microbial Biotechnology
2014Biotechniques PG6005Biotechniques
2014Biotechniques ML6005Biotechniques
2014Fundamental Principles of Microbiology MB2003Fundamental Principles of Microbiology
2014Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics MB4025Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics
2014Principles and Methods in Genetics GN1006Principles and Methods in Genetics
2014Infection and Inflammatory Processes: Biological and Clinical Perspectives ML7003Infection and Inflammatory Processes: Biological and Clinical Perspectives