Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Biochemistry
Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Fax: +971 (0)2-4472442
Prof. Sheehan has been Dean of the College of Science at Khalifa University since 2017. After a first class Hons BSc in Biochemistry at University College Cork, Ireland, Dr. Sheehan earned his PhD at Trinity College Dublin in protein biochemistry in 1985. Following several positions in the biotechnology and food industries in Ireland, the US and UK, he became a lecturer in Biochemistry at his alma mater in 1989 where he later was promoted to Senior Lecturer (2001) and became Professor in 2007. He was awarded one of the first President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2002 and holds a Higher Diploma in Teaching and Learning (2005).
Prof. Sheehan was shortlisted for a Whartons-QS Stars Award in Teaching and Learning in Philadelphia in 2016 for his innovative approaches to teaching protein structure. Prof Sheehan directed the MSc (Biotechnology) from 1997-2004 and, from 2013-2016, was Head of the School of Biochemistry & Cell Biology. He is an expert on enzymes, protein structure and toxicology. His research involves profiling protein populations in diverse situations such as mammalian physiology, environmental toxicology and unusual natural milieux such as deep-sea vents. A common theme is detection of oxidative stress through chemical modification of proteins and he is now focused on the toxic threats possibly posed by nanoparticles.
He has published more than 120 peer reviewed research papers (approx 4,000 citations; h-index = 31) and four books including two editions of his sole-author textbook “Physical Biochemistry: Principles and Applications” (Wileys, second edition, 2009). In recognition of his published work he was awarded a DSc (advanced doctorate) by the National University of Ireland in 2009. He has supervised 20 PhDs and 22 MScs to graduation. He is a frequent PhD external examiner, grant and journal referee and is an editorial board member of Drug Testing and Analysis (Wileys) and several other journals. From 2003-2016 he served on the British Biophysical Society Committee and is a member of the American Chemical Society. He holds a mini-MBA from the Irish Management Institute (2016).