Primary Department
Senior Research Support Officer (HRB, WT, EPA, H2020)
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Research Support
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Dr. Helen Burke is the Contact Point for the Faculty of Science and Health and associated Research Centres. She is Call Manager for health and environment-related funders, including the Wellcome Trust, HRB, Irish Cancer Society, EPA, DAFM, etc., as well as H2020 Societal Challenges in Health, Food/Agriculture and Climate.  She is also responsible for legal agreements for these areas.

Following an internship in Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois, and the completion of her Ph.D. in Physics at Dublin City University, Dr. Burke's postdoctoral research focused on the development of optical immunosensors. She was appointed Manager of the Optical Sensors Laboratory 30-person research group and managed Work Packages of several pan-European industry/academia large-scale projects (25-30 partners, 18-22M Euro budgets). She was recruited to a start-up company as Director of Operations and Customer Experience, was awarded a place on the Hothouse Entrepreneurship Programme and completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in New Business Development. With experience as both an SME applicant and an academic researcher, she has secured several million euro of funding from a range of sources, including a 3M Euro EU project. She held the position of Centre Manager of the Centre for Global Health in Trinity College Dublin before joining DCU Research and Innovation Support as Senior Research Officer in 2013, where she was appointed Call Manager for all industry and commercialisation-related awards. In 2015 she took over responsibility for supporting the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and formed and led the HSS and Education Research Support team during the DCU Incorporation process.  In 2018 she took on responsibility for research support for all of the Faculty of Science and Health and environment and health-related funders.  

A senior staff member, she is owner of the DCU application and award management system and leads the development of several DCU research-related policies.