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
Working on ways to make meat and meat products healthier and tastier
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 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!
Experimental design is an important aspect of science that secondary students don’t always get to experience in depth. With this prize I would like to encourage secondary school students to develop their experimental design skills. We could run a competition to challenge secondary students to come up with a novel experiment to illustrate a concept of their choice in food science. The experiment would have to be aimed at allowing primary school kids to think about and test concepts in food science in the classroom. I would be hoping to see great experiments that are novel, safe and fun, preferably rely only on household materials so that primary age students could carry them out and experience food science. The money could be used to establish a dedicated website and a prize fund for the winning experiments. The developers could have fun creating a clear and engaging protocol suitable for a younger audience, bringing it together in a glossy fun brochure or with whatever media they think would help communicate the experimental design and of course making sure it works!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
easy-going, curious, chatty
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
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?
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology and english
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Found out a couple of things that nobody knew before
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Possiblity to be an eternal student and David Attenborough
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 :-)