Lecturer, Plant Science
School of Science & Computing - Dept of Science
+353 0 051 302076
337 1969 - Main Building
I joined WIT in 2013 having gained first class honours in BSc. (Hons) Botany and an IRCSET-funded PhD in plant cell biology from University College Dublin. My PhD project used HPLC and mass spectrometry to profile the sphingolipids in Nostoc cyanobacteria and plant conditioned medium and cells and was entitled "Investigating the role of long chain sphingoid bases in plant programmed cell death”.
Since joining WIT, I have assumed responsibility for co-ordinating the level 7 BSc. in Horticulture (WD096).
I am an early career researcher keen to further investigate the exciting results of my PhD studies. To this end, I am interested in all aspects of programmed cell death in plants and plant cell cultures. I am also particularly interested in the putative stress attenuating and biofertilising effects of cyanobacterial exudates.
As a plant enthusiast, I am also keen to explore the reasons society tends to take plants for granted (sometimes termed 'nature deficient disorder' or 'Plant Blindness') and I would like to get involved in developing a means of combatting this Plant Blindess by designing better landscapes, education programmes or using multi-media.
I am enthusiastic to work with collaboators in Ireland and abroad therefore, don't hesitiate to contact me to discuss opportunites further.
I teach undergraduate modules in WIT and I currently co-ordinate and teach the modules 'Plant Biology', 'Laboratory Skills for Plant Science', and 'Plants and Society'.
I also supervise undergraduate project students, MSc, and Ph.D students and teach various classes in cell biology and biochemistry, experimental design, data presentation and analysis, and academic writing.
Prior to returning to full-time study, I spent 9 years working in the pharmaceutical industry (1998-2007) with GSK, in the UK, and Covidien and Takeda Pharma Ireland in Co. Dublin
I enjoy science outreach work very much and use any available opportunity to communicate my knowledge and appreciation of the natural world to the public. I have given public lecture series designed to help gardeners use the basics of plant science to improve their gardening, and my ‘myth-busting‘ public talks are always well attended. In 2014, I participated in Science week and gave a series of talks in Wexford county libraries on ‘Wondrous Plants’.
I am also a keen participant of Fascination of Plants day and in collaboration with the WIT-based Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology (CALMAST), I have organised various plant and nature based activities that coincide with the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science such as botanical drawing, macro photography, and plant identification and nature walks.
I welcome invitations to give talks, or help promote and participate in activities which promote conservation and appreciation of our environmental heritage.