State school in brisbane.
undergraduate degree in biochemistry, a doctorate (PhD) in molecular biology and a masters in teaching.
Past work was in research, starting at a resaerch institute in Australia. and in NUIG.
I'm an Australian living in Ireland, who loves AFL and science fiction.
I got my got my degree and PhD (means I’m a Dr) in Brisbane (Australia) figuring out how cells deal with damaged DNA. I love my work, its fantastic discovering new things!
I work in the University of Limerick.
I have a family, and my wife is a scientist too!
I love seeing how science fiction movies and books predict what will happen in the future (good and bad).
My pronouns are
I work on understanding and hopefuly one day creating a new treatment for breast cancer.
My work is trying to understand why people get breast cancer- what it is that goes wrong inside some cells that makes them turn into bad cancer cells.
I’m also working a a new drug we created that we hope (maybe one day) will be a new way to specifically kill these breast cancer cells in people, to help people live longer.
My Typical Day
I spend some time teaching my students, working in the lab, and writing.
I teach my students (PhD and masters) how to perform experiments in the lab and make sure they learn new techniques and ways of conducting experiments.
During the school year I also teach undergraduate students some of what we know about how what breaks in cells can cause cancer, and how we can use this knowledge to kill those broken cancer cells.
I also spend time communicating our work – either writing up our work so other scientists can see what we are doing and what we found out (to help their work) or reading about others work that could help us!
What I'd do with the prize money
I would bring school students to a sceintifc meeting and ask them to join in and tweet (instagram) about it.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
tall, loud, talkative
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
a journalist maybe
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Tell us a joke.
Do you know any jokes about sodium? Na.