Lecturer & Programme Leader for the BSc in Horticulture (Kildalton College)
School of Science & Computing - Dept of Science - Dept of Land Sciences
+353 0 051 302076
337 1969 - Main Building
Cara (she/her) has been a science lecturer in the Department of Science in the School of Science and Computing since joining WIT in 2013. She is also responsible for the development and coordination of the Level 7 BSc. in Horticulture (WD096).
Her doctoral studies were funded by IRCSET (now the Irish Research Council) and involved the use of HPLC and mass spectrometry to profile the sphingolipids in Nostoc cyanobacteria and plant-conditioned medium and cells. Her PhD project was titled "Investigating the role of long-chain sphingoid bases in plant programmed cell death”.
Cara has supervised one MSc and one PhD student to completion and is currently a co-supervisor for one other PhD student.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Plant Cell Biology (UCD)
BSc in Botany (Hons - first-class) (UCD)
Training in: Research Supervisory Skills, Practical Pedagogy, Blended Learning, Unconscious Bias, and Interview Panel training.
WIT - Member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
WIT - Member of the 9th Academic Council
School of Science and Computing - Marketing & Promotions Committee
School of Science and Computing - Research Committee
Cara is interested in the biotic and abiotic stress effects on programmed cell death in plants and plant cell cultures. As a PhD supervisor, Cara has expanded her research into stress attenuating and biofertilising effects of cyanobacterial exudates in the context of sustainable agriculture. Cara has also explored lab-based methods to identify stress-tolerant cereal varieties.
Cara is enthusiastic to work with collaborators in Ireland and abroad therefore, don't hesitate to contact her to discuss joint funding opportunities.
Cara has taught lectures and practical classes for a number of undergraduate modules in the School of Science and Computing in the areas of cell biology and biochemistry, food science, microbiology, and environmental science. She coordinates and teaches the modules: Plant Biology, Plants and Society, Laboratory Skills for Plant Science, Introduction to Scientific Writing and Data Analysis, and Horticulture Project and Seminar.
Programmes Cara teaches on include:
Cara's academic career came after 10 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry at home in Ireland and in the UK. Cara has worked with GSK in the UK, and Covidien and Takeda Pharma Ireland in Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Please see my LinkedIn profile for a full CV.
Cara is the national coordinator for Ireland for Fascination of Plants Day and in collaboration with the WIT-based Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology (CALMAST), Cara has organised various plant and nature-based activities that coincide with the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.
Cara enjoys science outreach work and has delivered a public lecture series designed to help gardeners use the basics of plant science to improve their gardening. Her ‘myth-busting' public talks are always well attended.
Cara welcome invitations to give talks or help promote and participate in activities that promote conservation and appreciation of our natural heritage.