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 Bureau (aka 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