Success is a 1st Year PhD student in the Molecular Rheumatology research group, commencing his post
in March 2022. In 2019, he graduated from NUI Maynooth with a B.Sc. in Biomedical Science,
undertaking a 12-week long project in Dr Karen English’s Immunology lab, assessing the capacity for
macrophage migration inhibitory factor to enhance the wound healing abilities of mesenchymal
stromal cell-conditioned media. He also holds an M.Sc. in Immunology, graduating in 2020 having
performed his research project with Professor Derek Doherty’s Tuberculosis Immunology group,
where he assessed the role of Vδ2T cells in tuberculosis pathogenicity and immunity.
From August 2021 to February 2022, Success worked as a research assistant in Professor Cliona
O’Farrelly’s Comparative Immunology lab, where he was an active member in the Viral Resistance
Project, an international partnership that sought to seek why certain individuals were immune to
COVID-19 despite being in regular close contact with those that had contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Success’ research in the Molecular Rheumatology group focuses on identifying the molecular
signatures that distinguish rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis pathotypes. He aims to identify
differential pathogenic mechanisms between the two diseases as well as identifying new targets for
novel therapeutic strategies in treating them.