My background is in research. For my PhD at NUI, Galway, I looked at early gene expression and development in the zebrafish embryo. In my postdoctoral research at University College Dublin, I studied canine evolution. Outside of the lab, I've worked as a researcher and science adviser on television projects for RTE, BBC, and TV3, and I was the lead researcher on two Science Gallery exhibitions, TRAUMA and SEEING. As the Research Coordinator at Science Gallery Dublin, I facilitated research in and about the gallery, and I also established their Research Ethics Committee.
I produce science events and public engagement initiatives. I've developed events for Trinity College Dublin, Newstalk, and SCI:COM and I was the Events Programmer at Science Gallery Dublin for two years, producing events like TEDxDublin and Dublin Maker. I assembled the March for Science, Ireland team and am now working on a national initiative for LGBTQ inclusion in STEM.
I run workshops and courses on science communication. Next year, I'll be teaching on a new professional master's degree at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. I also run workshops on media engagement with science writer Dr Claire O'Connell, working with researchers from different disciplines and career-stages at University College Dublin, Dublin City University, and Trinity College Dublin.
I'm a co-founder at Maurice and Shaun. We've produced radio documentaries and podcasts for Newstalk, Science Gallery, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, LGBT History Month and Festival of Curiosity.
1999–2003 | BSc in Physiology at NUI, Galway
2003–2008 | PhD in Biochemistry at NUI, Galway
2009–2010 | Postdoctoral Researcher at UCD
2010–2013 | Producer of Futureproof at Newstalk
2011–2013 | Commmunications at Science Gallery Dublin
2013–2015 | Events at Science Gallery Dublin
2015–2016 | Research at TBSI and Science Gallery Dublin
2013–Present | Co-founder at Bureau (Maurice and Shaun)
2010–Present | Science Communicator and Producer