Patrick Cunningham is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government and Professor of Animal Genetics in Trinity College, University of Dublin.
He was formerly Deputy Director (Research) in the Irish National Agriculture and Food Research Institute (1980 - 1988), visiting Professor at the Economic Development Institute, World Bank (1988) and Director of the Animal Production and Health Division, Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN, Rome (1990 - 93). He has published extensively on the genetics of domesticated animals. He is co-founder and Chairman of the biotechnology company IdentiGEN. He has been President of the European and World Associations of Animal Production, and served on the European Life Sciences Group which advised Commissioner Busquin.
In 2008 he led the Irish team behind the successful bid to host the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) event in Dublin, in July 2012. He has received many awards, including the Boyle Medal and honorary doctorates from Dublin University, The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and University College Dublin.