Research & Consulting
My PhD research looked at the early development of zebrafish embryos, to try and understand the processes that help map out an animal's body plan. While I no longer work in a lab, I have recently been collaborating on research into public engagement with science. I was the Research Coordinator at Science Gallery Dublin from 2016 to 2017, where I led the establishment of their first Research Ethics Committee and was involved in the development of research projects in and about Science Gallery.
I was the lead researcher on two major exhibitions at Science Gallery Dublin, TRAUMA and SEEING. These were very different exhibitions, but the process was similar for both: find the most compelling themes, programme the most interesting artworks, and connect it with the most interesting science you can find.
How does trauma affect the brain, the body, the national psyche, or all three? How do buildings, bodies, artworks and stories record the traumas of our past? How do we bounce back after a trauma, and how is our understanding of trauma’s lasting effect changing?
Is vision just one way to see? How do our brains interpret what’s in front of our eyes? How do machines understand what they’re looking at, and will they change how we look at the world? SEEING tackles the complex sensory experience of vision and perception.
Research Coordinator at Science Gallery Dublin and TBSI
From 2015-2016, I worked on research projects that connected with or took place in 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 a Research Ethics Committee, which was a very interesting process. During this time, I became very interested in the potential of citizen science, and am now co-producing a documentary on citizen science in Ireland.
I'm obsessed with television, especially if there's a science or science fiction element, so I really enjoy working on television projects as a science adviser. I was part of an advisory group for Eureka (Mind The Gap Films for RTE; 2016), I did some early research and development for 'A Rough Guide to the Future' (Tile Films for TV3, 2016), and I was the science adviser for seasons 2 and 3 of 'Science Fiction' (Kite Entertainment for RTE and BBC; 2012 and 2013). I was also the science adviser on the theatre project, 'Starman Fisher', by Dee Roycroft (2010).