I’m a researcher and science communicator from Kinsale in Ireland.
When I was a teen, my involvement in youth science (specifically the BT Young Scientist , EU Young Scientist and Google Science Fair) granted me a platform to develop my passion for science communication. I spent some time time travelling the globe, spreading the message that young people, if given the right tools and support, can change the world.I did my undergraduate BSc in Genetics at University College Cork and an MPhil in Computational Biology at University of Cambridge. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked with the Goldman Group at the European Bioinformatics Institute and the Cambridge Department of Chemistry to develop EvoCov, a pipeline for analysing the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 to develop variant-robust antibody treatments.
Now, I am a PhD Student at the Center for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a fantastic institute for the study of infectious disease and public health. I am interested in combining genomics and epidemiological models to curb the spread of infectious disease outbreaks, particularly arboviruses. Most recently I had the opportunity to attend the UN General Assembly to participate in meetings on pandemic preparedness as a We Are Family Foundation Ambassador.
My goal in life is to use science (specifically biology, maths and computing) to improve the lives of people worldwide, particularly in the area of human health.
For my PhD I am developing a program called EpiFusion, which is a tool for modelling infectiouse disease outbreaks using both epidemiological (case incidence) and phylodynamic (genomic sequence) data.EpiFusion.org
A pipeline for SARS-CoV-2 evolutionary analysis and epitope selection. Developed with the European Bioinformatics Institute and University of Cambridge.
A pipeline that enables the automation of proteomic data on a website called Trips-Viz. Featured in this publication in Nucleic Acids Research
A cancer evolution and metastasis simulator for one of my assignments at Cambridge. You can try it out by cloning this Github repo.
A global network that gives young people with big ideas the resources and guidance they need to turn them into reality.
An agricultural research company specialising in natural methods of increasing food productivity to aid the global food crisis.