After completing a BSc in Physiology at NUI, Galway, I joined the Byrnes-Grealy Lab in the Department of Biochemistry. There, my PhD research focused on identifying some of the first genes to be 'switched on' in the developing zebrafish embryo. This led me to a fascinating research project that looked at early embryo development and the establishment of left-right asymmetry.
After my PhD, I joined Kay Nolan's Lab in University College Dublin, to contribute to her research characterising the IGF system and the evolution of genomic imprinting in canines.
As Research Coordinator, I developed and facilitated research in or about Science Gallery Dublin. I also worked on new ways to create collaborations between the gallery and the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). This involved a mix of working on events or exhibits, working with researchers to secure funding for public engagement projects, and running a seminar series on public engagement to encourage research projects that connected with general audiences. I also set up Science Gallery's first Research Ethics Committee.