I attended Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan and Dublin City University
I have a degree in Physics with Biomedical Sciences.
CLARITY, National Center for Sensor Research, Dublin City University and Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin City University.
Irish Research Council funded PhD student.
School of Physics, Dublin City University.
Favourite thing to do in science: Taking images of cells with different filters. When you combine them together you get a beautiful multicolour pictures that allow you to see different parts of the cell in more detail.
I make tiny glass cases for luminescent dyes that attach to rare cells in blood to make them easier to find.
Like a lot of people I wasn’t so sure what exactly I wanted to be after school but I always knew it would be something in science because I always found it so interesting. As I wasn’t sure I chose common entry science in first year of my degree at DCU. After this I chose Physics with Biomedical Science as this was the course that most suited my interests. I graduated in 2013 with this degree and started my PhD in physics the same year. I am currently in my third year and my research involves trying to find really rare cells in the blood that are hard to find, in particular for cancer cells that are in the blood stream. I could try and describe it to you but click here to see it in a video format instead.
My Typical Day
I don’t think there is a typical day as such but it begins with planning experiments I’ll be carrying out throughout the day.
What I'd do with the money
I have done some thinking and definitely I would love to organise some demonstrations for you guys to come and visit me in the BDI and show you some real life nanoscience I do here.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, diligent and friendly.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
That changes constantly but Regina Spektor is usually my go to artist.
What's your favourite food?
I love a good Thai green curry.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Snowboarding in the Pyranees mountains was one of the most exhilarating things I’ve done.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wasn’t so sure like most people, I hadn’t anything specific in mind, but I knew it was going to be in Science.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite was probably physics, especially when we got to the modern physics sections!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Won a competition for the animated video I made about my research.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
A combination of reading about cool science discoveries and many great science teachers at school.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I would probably be a veterinary doctor. I love my dogs and other animals so much.
Tell us a joke.
What did the fish say when it swam into a wall?….Dam!