Loretto High School Beaufort – University College Dublin (2001-2006 for Degree) then University College Dublin (2006-2010 for PhD)
BsC and PhD in Chemistry
I worked in a bar all throughout my degree. After my PhD, I worked at The University of manchester doing reseach for 4 years.
I am a lecturer and researcher in Chemical Biology
Manchester Metropolitan University
Favourite thing to do in my job: I love being in the lab and discovering new things. I learn something new and wonderful every day.
I spend half of my week in the lab trying to develop enzymes which the pharmaceutical industry can use to make important drugs. The rest of my day is typically spent lecturing and teaching students in the lab. Travel is also a big part of a scientists job so I am always heading off to nice places to give talks and attend meetings.
What I'd do with the prize money
Our Chemistry Society is not very well funded so I would like to help fund a PhD studnet to enable them to communicate their work to young people.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
We have just developed a process for making really important drug compounds and I hope it will change the way industry make these pharmaceuticals forever.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I was always good a science at school and I think that’s why I decided to do it. I have been inspired since by some really great scientists who I have worked for.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was always in a little trouble over something if I remember correctly.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I am a big Michael Jackson Fan!!! Old school!!
What's your favourite food?
It’s bad, but I do love a McDonalds!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I own a racing mini and (when I have time) I go back home to Ireland and race in the National Hillclimb Championship.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
First – I would ask for my mum back. I miss heer so much; Second – I would love to make a real difference to peoples lives through my research; and Third – I could do with knocking a few years off!!!
Tell us a joke.
Two snowmen in a field, one looks at the other and says “can you smell carrots?”