Dr Barbara Ann Murphy
Founder of Equilume Ltd, Dr Barbara Anne Murphy is Head of Equine Science and Programme Director of the BAgrSc Animal Science-Equine degree at University College Dublin. Following a BSc in Equine Science from the University of Limerick, she pursued a PhD in Veterinary Science at the prestigious Gluck Equine Research Centre, University of Kentucky. Her PhD Dissertation shone light for the first time on a new area of equine science research – chronobiology. Her current scientific research relates to studying how environmental cues regulate biological rhythms in animals. An important output from her scientific research was that low intensity blue light could profoundly influence physiology and behaviour when administered to just one eye of a horse. This led to the development of the Equilume Light Mask and its subsequent widespread assimilation into global breeding practices. In 2022, at least 10,000 horses of all types and breeds will wear an Equilume Light mask to optimise fertility, performance and well-being. Barbara is CSO at Equilume Ltd, which is head-quartered in Co Kildare, with subsidiaries in the US and Australia. The UCD spin-out was the recipient of an EI Commercialisation Fund grant.