• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 856 Citations
  • 18 h-Index

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Personal profile


Professor Aine McKillop holds a BSc Hons and PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast and an MSc from Ulster University.She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast (1996-98) and Ulster University (1998-2002) before taking up appointment as Lecturer in Clinical Biochemistry at Ulster University in 2002., Aine was promoted to Professor of Biomedical Sciences in 2013.She has over 18 years experience in diabetes research with specific expertise in clinical biomarkers and novel receptor targets in pancreatic islets.Aine has authored of over 60 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 15) and presentations at national and international conferences. She is a member of a number of professional societies and committees and holds patents with involvement in commercialisation of novel technologies.Research InterestsNovel therapeutic targets for diabetesRole of GPCRS in diabetesDiagnostic biomarkers for early detection of diabetesClinical biochemistry and diabetes proteomicsTeaching InterestsClinical and Nutritional Biochemistry and PathologyAdministrative RolesAcademic Coordinator for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

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Research Output

  • 856 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
  • 66 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing demonstrates metabolic importance of GPR55 in the modulation of GIP release and pancreatic beta cell function.

McCloskey, A. G., Miskelly, M. G., Moore, T. C. B., Nesbit, M. A., Christie, K., Owolabi, A., Flatt, PR. & McKillop, A., 31 Mar 2020, In : Peptides. 125, 170251.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Pharmacological potential of novel agonists for FFAR4 on islet and enteroendocrine cell function and glucose homeostasis

    Mc Closkey, A., Miskelly, M., Flatt, PR. & McKillop, A., 15 Jan 2020, In : European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 142, 10 p., 105104.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Peer Relations: an Integrated Roadmap to Student Success

    McKillop, A., Curran, R., Honan, A. & Dooher, G., 12 May 2017, What works? Student retention and success change programme: Final conference 2017. Higher Education Academy, p. 1-15 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Development of novel ligands for peptide GPCRs

    Moran, BM., McKillop, A. & O'Harte, F., 1 Dec 2016, In : Current Opinion in Pharmacology. 31, p. 57-62

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    37 Downloads (Pure)


    Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 Finalist

    Roisin Curran (Recipient), Michaela Black (Recipient), Hazel Bruce (Recipient), Grainne Dooher (Recipient), Alison Gault (Recipient), Avril Honan (Recipient), Michaela Keenan (Recipient), Ian Montgomery (Recipient), Claire McCann (Recipient), Aine McKillop (Recipient), Terry Quigley (Recipient) & Amanda Zacharopoulou (Recipient), 31 Aug 2017


  • Thesis

    Activation of G-protein coupled receptors targeting gastrointestinal hormone secretion in Type 2 Diabetes

    Author: Miskelly, M., May 2018

    Supervisor: Flatt, P. (Supervisor) & Mc Killop, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Evaluation of GPR55 and GPR120 as novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of type 2 diabetes

    Author: Mc Closkey, A., May 2019

    Supervisor: Flatt, P. (Supervisor) & McKillop, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Oxytocin associated peptides: role in islet physiology and potential treatment of diabetes

    Author: Mohan, S., Feb 2019

    Supervisor: Moffett, C. (Supervisor), Flatt, P. (Supervisor) & McKillop, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis