Dublin City University for my Biotechnology degree and for my Phd. I am now doing a Masters in Learning and Teaching which I am really enjoying.
BSc (hons) in Biotechnology and a PhD in molecular biology
The National Centre for Sensor Research, DCU and the School of Biotechnology, DCU.
Lecturer in Analytical Science
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Favourite thing to do in science: Virus experiments – viruses are amazing hijackers and we can learn a lot about our immune system from them.
About Me: Science lecturer | Cancer researcher | Teaching enthusiast | who loves raising kids, running and amateur astronomy.
Here’s a picture of my very first award in Science – from the Young Scientists’ Exhibition -I’m still really proud of this award.
I did a study on bats with my friend Marie for this project and our school bought us some ‘bat detectors’ so that we could track the bats’ flight path at night. We spent a whole summer pointing these detectors at the night sky and mapping out the flight paths.
Did you know that bats are NOT blind ? … it’s one of the many myths about bats.
My Work: I am a science lecturer and researcher at Dundalk Institute of Technology.
My Typical Day: I prepare for my classes, teach my students in class and in the laboratory and I write about the research and experiments I’ve performed.
What I'd do with the money: I would buy an interactive touch screen for my department so that we could display all the amazing science that happens at DkIT.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, Enthusiastic, Energetic
Who is your favourite singer or band?
U2, Coldplay and love anything energetic especially for running.
What's your favourite food?
Thai curry – ever since my hols in Thailand, I love making it and eating it.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Snorkelling in Malaysia – it’s a whole other world of life and colour and amazing tranquility under water.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a vet before transition year but after spending a summer doing some cool science experiments I was hooked on Biotechnology.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Me? No never…well maybe once or twice.
What was your favourite subject at school?
It’s hard to pick one, Physics, Maths and Biology were all favourites, for me it was all about the teachers and I was lucky to have super science and maths teachers.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Uncovering a role for a gene in cancer, my PhD work, which featured on the front cover of a cancer research magazine.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My science teacher, Noreen McCarthy and then my lecturer at University, Dr Dermot Walls.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A detective – but I would probably want to use science to solve everything.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Peace, Happiness, Good Health
Tell us a joke.
What’s the difference between bird flu and swine flu? – if you have bird flu you need tweet-ment, if you have swine flu, you need oink-ment.