Michael Murphy graduated in Medicine from University College Cork in 1976. Following postgraduate training in Dublin and at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, he received his doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 1984. During the next eight years he held faculty positions in Pharmacology and Medicine at the University of Chicago before returning to Cork as Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 1992. An expert in drug therapy for cardiovascular disease, he has led several large international clinical trials of interventions to reduce cardiovascular mortality.
Professor Murphy has held a variety of leadership roles, including President of UCC for a decade, Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Chair of the Health Research Board of Ireland, Chair of the Irish Universities Association, Chair of the Permanent Working Group (PWG) of European Hospital Doctors and Board member of the Irish Health Service Executive. In addition to the Scientific Advisory Board of the US National Dairy Council he has been active in many academic organisations in Europe and the United States. As a member of EUA Council for seven years, and of the EUA Board since 2017, he also serves as Chair of the EUA Steering Group for Teaching and Learning.