I am a researcher at Teagasc in food science. I love food, especially cheese, and science so there is always a lot of good food at work and at home! I like hiking and travelling too.
I am from Australia and now living in Cork. I moved here to continue my work with cheese and dairy science. I enjoy reading a good book with my cat curled up beside me. On weekends I like to hike and appreciate being outdoors!
In my work, I look at how the ingredients make cheese, yoghurt or other dairy products what they are. For example, what makes yoghurt thick or creamy or cheese melt and stretch. A lot of the work involves using microscopes to look at the products and link the way it looks under the microscope to the yoghurt or cheese texture. Once I have some interesting information, I can share that with dairy manufacturers to help them to improve their products or develop new ones.
My Typical Day
I wake up and have breakfast before getting stuck straight into work. I usually prefer to do some writing or complicated work in the morning when I am most alert. After lunch I usually have meetings with colleagues or people supporting my research. After that I finish off with whatever I was working on in the morning. After work I like to go for a walk and spend time with my family.
What I'd do with the prize money
If I was the winner, I would use the money to be able to bring some of our cheese research to schools and show everyone how cool food science is!
University of Queensland and University of Melbourne, Australia
Bachelor of Food Technology and PhD in food/chemical engineering
Several dairy manufacturers (Australia), scientist/researcher (Australia and Ireland).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Cheese loving scientist
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Cheese, of course!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Walked amongst penguins in Antarctica
Tell us a joke.
Why didn’t the cheese want to be sliced? It had grater plans!