Graduated from UCD with my PhD in 2003, before that did my degree in Zoology in UCD and attended Presentation Secondary School Kildare Town
University of St Andrews (never saw Kate or Wills though), Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Teagasc
My Typical Day
Could be animal sampling, extracting DNA, PCR, trying to figure out the data, or on a tough day writing research grants
What I'd do with the prize money
Challenge secondary school students to come up with a novel, fun experiment that could be carried out by primary school age children to illustrate a concept in food science, bring it together in a glossy fun protocol brochure or other medium and of course make sure it works!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
easy-going, curious, chatty
What did you want to be after you left school?
Eternal student or radio producer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Hardly ever… or hardly ever caught?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Primal Scream, Jack White, Teenage Fanclub, listening a lot to Jamie XX at the moment…
What's your favourite food?
Curry chips from John Coffey’s takeaway Kilrush Co Clare
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Hang out with my little boy
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Health, happiness and the ability to programme a computer
Tell us a joke.
*Looks at boat* says ‘That’s not a boat’. My son’s first joke :-)