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Darren Ó hAilín

Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience, University of Freiburg

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Freiburg Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology; the current focus of my research centres on the molecular underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders.

I've previously studied 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 my doctorate with biology at the University of Freiburg, Germany and my master's degree in neuroscience with the University of Strasbourg, France. I received academic and practical research training across the neuroscience spectrum, and chose to focus mainly on the molecular biology of neurodegeneration, regenerative medicine before specialising in nervous system cancers for my doctorate.

I received my bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 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.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral Scientist, University of Freiburg


  • 2018 
    University of Freiburg, Ph.D in Biology
  • 2014 
    University of Strasbourg, M.Sc in Neuroscience
  • 2011 
    Trinity College Dublin, B.A. (Mod) (Hons) in Psychology & Sociology


  • 2020
    Transcription and Beyond: Delineating FOXG1 Function in Cortical Development and Disorders, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
  • 2018
    Microenvironment-Derived Regulation of HIF Signaling Drives Transcriptional Heterogeneity in Glioblastoma Multiforme, Molecular Cancer Research
  • 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

  • Cancer Epigenetics Society
  • Anatomical Society