married with 3 family
UCD and NUIG
PhD in soil microbiology and genetics
Worked for 12 years in US with leading biotech companies
Senior scientist with the EPA
Favourite thing to do in science: Soil microbes
I live in Wexford and am married with 3 grown-ups
My Work: Regulate genetically modiifed organisms (GMOs) in Ireland, ie. their use in laboratories and for field/clinical trials
Give permit/licences to GMO users. We have licensed over 600 users to date.
My Typical Day: Talking to stakeholders. Writting reports/consents
Heading up a small team of people that regulate the safe use of modern biotechnology in Ireland.
We grant consents and carry out site inspections to ensure the safe use of the technology for the environment and human health
What I'd do with the money: give it to promote science in Wexford-the importance of science in society
I was thinking that it would be a good idea to promote science and the importance of science in Ireland by organising a half day conference in Wexford and invite all post primary schools to include topical issues including:
Climate change science
How to produce food for a growing global population
The importance of biopharma for producing medicines for mankind
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What did you want to be after you left school?
went to UCG-now NUIG
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
published paper and patents
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!