Alongside her role at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Orla is also Principal Investigator with VistaMilk and a Funded Investigator with APC Microbiome Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres. She is a computational biologist focusing on elucidating the microbiome from a variety of ecosystems including soil, food, rumen and human gut. Of particular interest to her is how food and food ingredients shape the human gut microbiome both in healthy and diseased cohorts. Orla has a h-index of 53 and over 13,500 Google Scholar citations. In 2018 Orla was listed as a Clarivate Highly cited Researcher and was on the SCOPUS list in 2020. In 2019 was awarded the highly prestigious SFI Early Career Researcher of the Year.
Orla will present on Breaking barriers: Probiotic applications beyond the gut and immune system.