Patrick Gerald McKennaBSc(UU 1976), PhD(QUB 1979), DSc(hc NUI), LLD(hc QUB). FSB, CBiol, FIBMS, FRSA Vice-President, Member of Seven Academies Group
Hon Executive Secretary and President Emeritus, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), Professor Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor UU
Member ScienceElected in 2001
Professor McKenna is a former Dean of Science, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) and Vice Chancellor and President of Ulster University. He is an internationally distinguished researcher in the areas of DNA repair and mutagenesis. He served as the founding chair of Universities Ireland, and is the co-founder of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Research (HUCBMS), the US-Ireland R&D Partnership and the Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA). Professor McKenna is the lead author of the Academy’s recent Advice Paper, ‘The Sustainability of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Sector’, and the Academy’s submission to a UK House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology Inquiry: L:eaving the EU: Implications and Opportunities for Science and Research. Professor McKenna, is a Member of the Academy’s Council, and also serves on the Academy’s North-South Committee, and Life and Medical Sciences Committee.