Darren Ó hAilín

PhD candidate in Neuroscience, Freiburg University

I'm a doctoral research student at the Freiburg University Medical Centre, studying the genetic and epigenetic dynamics underlying the development of glioblastoma, a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. I have a keen interest in molecular and cellular biology, particularly in the areas of nervous system cancers, neuroimmunology, genetics/epigenetics, and stem cell therapy.

I completed a Master of Science degree in neuroscience with the University of Strasbourg, France, undergoing additional training at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and the University of Freiburg, Germany. I received academic and practical research training across the neuroscience spectrum, and chose to focus mainly on the molecular biology of neurodegeneration, regenerative medicine, and nervous system cancers.

I received my bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Trinity College Dublin, successfully completing my thesis research on the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation in human cognition. Following my bachelor's degree, I worked as a research assistant for a number of cognitive neuroscience projects on heroin adddiction, ADHD, and motor neuron diseases.


  • 2014–present
    PhD Candidate, Freiburg University Medical Centre


  • 2014 
    University of Strasbourg, M.Sc in Neuroscience
  • 2011 
    Trinity College Dublin, B.A. (Mod) (Hons) in Psychology & Sociology


  • 2016
    Integrative Modeling Reveals Annexin A2-mediated Epigenetic Control of Mesenchymal Glioblastoma, EBioMedicine
  • 2012
    An electrophysiological signal that precisely tracks the emergence of error awareness., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Professional Memberships

  • Neurex