B.A. (mod) Microbiology Trinity College 2002-2006, PhD Pharmacology Royal College of Surgeons Ireland 2006-2010
BA (mod), PhD
I have worked as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow looking at the role of Candida yeast in oral thrush in the University of Bristol.
I now work as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow looking at the role of innate immune cells in HIV and Hepatitis C infection in Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
Favourite thing to do in science: Starting new experiments
I look at the fight between immune cells & infectious diseases
I look at the role human immune cells (your white cells) and human immune genes (your DNA) play in the fight against infectious diseases mainly HIV and Hepatitis C.
My Typical Day
Collect blood from infected patients in hospital, enter Category 3 laboratory facility, isolate white blood cells from whole blood. LUNCH. Use fluorescent labels to examine molecules on the surface of these cells. Compare this to healthy blood donors.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Upbeat, optimistic, inquisitive
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Mumford & Sons
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Jumped out of an airplane
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, waaaay too chatty
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology or English
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Presented my work at around 400 fellow scientists in San Francisco
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My Biology teacher Ms Gore
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A travel writer
Tell us a joke.
An infectious disease walks into a bar, Barman says “We don’t serve your sort here”, Infectious disease replies “Well you’re not a very good host.”