Dr Mark Watson

Dr Mark Watson

Head of Education and Development

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Mark Watson is Head of Education and Development in CRDI. He is also an Investigator in CÚRAM, the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices (project entitled Developing Key Structures and Resources to Support Medical Device Clinical Research in Ireland), a Co-Director of the Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme and a Core Partner in the HRB Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network (NEPTuNE).

Mark joined the founding directorate of the Dublin Molecular Medicine Centre in 2003 to develop and lead the collaborative education and training mission and information management. In the ensuing years, through the transition to Molecular Medicine Ireland and latterly CRDI, Mark and his team have worked with the academic partners and industry to win funding for, develop and deliver widely-available short courses and innovative structured PhD programmes for researchers. Current areas of interest include e-Learning development and shared online resources to support translation of research, working with academia, industry, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.

Before moving to Ireland Mark worked for the Wellcome Trust, based in the Sanger Institute Cambridge, organising international competitive entry practical courses for researchers. Mark graduated in biological sciences in 1990, after a career in the commercial sector. His postgraduate and postdoctoral research, as a Wellcome Prize PhD Student and Wellcome Research Fellow in four top academic bioscience centres in the UK and Canada, focused on understanding complexes that carry out critical cellular functions such as DNA transposition and RNA splicing.

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