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Méanscoil Iognáid Rís, Drimnagh Castle (2001-2006); University College Dublin (2006-2011); University of Cambridge (2011-present)
Irish Junior & Leaving Certs; BSc (Hons) Physiology & Pharmacology; MSc Imaging & Microscopy; National Qualification in Emergency Medical Technology (NQEMT)
I used to work as a youth leader in the Irish speaking summer schools
PhD Researcher at the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Addenbrooke’s hospital
I’m funded by the British Heart Foundation and working toward my PhD in medicine at University of Cambridge
Favourite thing to do in my job: Ask a question… come up with an idea… then put it to the test!
I explore how the kidneys control blood pressure by altering the salt and water content of our bodies
My Typical Day
Wake up… e-mails… check-up on my mice… experiments (involving blood, bones and body bits… but mainly kidneys)… read research papers… more e-mails… analyse results… scratch head in puzzlement!
What I'd do with the prize money
Visit schools to run practicals to show how the kidneys filter our blood and make urine
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, Fun-loving, Quirky
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Invented new 3D imaging techniques using only lego and agarose gel, then the image could then be printed in 3D!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Watching David Attenborough from about the age of 3…
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I always got in trouble for talking too much
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Lighting designer for theatre/concerts
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Kíla (they play a fusion of Irish and World music)
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Explored my Dad’s hometown in Malaysia
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Love, health and happiness (cheesy I know… unless I could cash in my 3 wishes for a Nobel prize?!?!)