Sinead Leahy


Senior Science Advisor,

Sinead’s responsibilities are wide-ranging. She works with the NZAGRC Director to help develop and monitor the NZAGRC science programme, contributes to policy initiatives, undertakes extension activities and liaises with external visitors.

Sinead grew up in rural Ireland and is keen to help farmers improve their productivity and environmental performance through scientific excellence. She is a microbiologist, specialising in the genomics of microbial communities residing in the gut of ruminant animals.

Sinead completed a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Cork, Ireland, before undertaking postdoctoral research at the Alimentary Pharmabotic Centre (APC) based at University College, Cork.

In 2006, Sinead emigrated to New Zealand to undertake further postdoctoral research in rumen microbiology at AgResearch in Palmerston North. She progressed to Researcher and Senior Researcher roles, before being seconded to the NZAGRC in 2016 to coordinate international capability-building and training programmes delivered under the banner of the GRA.

Sinead commenced her current role in mid-2020.