Secondary School: Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork. Honours Biochemistry degree, UCC, PhD. in HIV vaccines, Maynooth, Postdoc in Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, University of Michigan, USA; University of Oxford.
Postdoc in Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, University of Michigan, USA; University of Oxford.
Lecturer and Principal Investigator, School of Pharmcy and Dept. of Pharmacology UCC
Favourite thing to do in science: To discover something new about the immune system and to have those “eureka” moments; these usually happen on Friday afternoons.. don’t know why!
My passion is to make vaccines that work and prevent children getting sick or dying from infectious diseases.
A little bit about one of the vaccine platforms that we’re working on….
My Typical Day
There is no typical day!
What I'd do with the money
I would use the funding to make better tools to help people understand the immune system
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
A passionate nerd!
What's your favourite food?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
History, Chemistry, Biology, English
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Worked with amazingly bright, interesting and fun people. Invented new vaccines for malaria and Ebola and discovered new ways to stabilise vaccines so they don’t get destroyed if they’re not in the fridge. Had the opportunity to travel and experience many parts of the world and meet many different people.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
A cancer patient that I met on the NIH shuttle bus in Washington DC inadvertently convinced me to stay in research and science.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. See one of your discoveries making a difference in healthcare 2. Have the power to stretch time. 3. Win an olympic gold medal
Tell us a joke.
How many academics does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer: Change??????