‘The big decision in my life around Leaving Cert was whether I would study art at NCAD or physics at Trinity,’ says Sinéad Griffin from Rush in Co Dublin

RESEARCH LIVES: Dr Sinéad Griffin, staff scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

HealthBeacon has developed a ‘smart sharps bin’ and app to keep track of the waste after someone has injected their medicine at home

Research Lives: Kieran Daly, co-founder and chief technology officer of HealthBeacon

Researcher Robert Joyce is  evaluating a cognitive occupation-based programme for people with MS

Research Lives: Robert Joyce, embedded patient researcher, NUIG Department of Occupational Therapy

Dr Elizabeth Mathews

Research Lives: Dr Elizabeth Mathews, assistant professor at DCU School of Inclusive and Special Education

Prof Subrata Ghosh, deputy director of the APC Microbiome Ireland UCC

Research Lives: Prof Subrata Ghosh, deputy director of the APC Microbiome Ireland UCC

Dr Clare Noone: ‘A recent study found that more than eight million people around the world die each year from breathing polluted air, mainly due to fossil fuel particles’

Research Lives: Dr Clare Noone, senior postdoctoral researcher at ICARUS, Maynooth University

Máire Kane, designer in residence, department of medical physics and bioengineering, St James’s Hospital

Research Lives: Máire Kane is designer in residence at the hospital

Prof Caitriona O’Driscoll, chairwoman of pharmaceutics, UCC school of pharmacy

Prof Caitriona O’Driscoll, chair of pharmaceutics, UCC school of pharmacy

Colm Peelo: ‘I think the pandemic has suited me in some ways, because my preference is to be outdoors, going hiking, running and playing sports and doing adventure races.’

RESEARCH LIVES: Colm Peelo, PhD candidate at TCD and Beaumont Hospital

SciFest STEM champion 2021 Clare Reidy

Research Lives: Clare Reidy, SciFest STEM champion 2021 and sixth-year student at Our Lady’s Bower in Athlone

Dr Ann-Marie Creaven, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Limerick

Research lives: Dr Ann-Marie Creaven, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Limerick

Dr Allison Waters: ‘In the evening there is no commute, you can switch off the computer and you’re home with the family’

Research Lives: Dr Allison Waters, research and development lead facilitator at Irish Blood Transfusion Service

2021 Science Foundation Ireland Image of the Year award generated by Dr Aileen Doran. An example of colloform sphalerite from the Lisheen deposit, southern Ireland.

Research Lives: Dr Aileen Doran, postdoctoral researcher, Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences

Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces  draws on examples from nature, such as the gecko’s seemingly gravity-defying foot. File photograph: Getty

A good read: From the science of surfaces to the tropical Arctic and ... a lot more besides

Prof Declan McCole: ‘I now see my job... as an amalgamation of science and medicine and teaching because I carry out biomedical research and I lecture to medical students’

Research Lives: Prof Declan McCole, professor of biomedical sciences at University of California, Riverside

Prof Luke O’Neill, Liz Bonnin and Phil Smyth present Future Island on RTÉ One  on Tuesday, Wednesday and  Thursday at 7pm

From farming and food talks to TV specials to online live events, the future is here again

Teresa Spohn: ‘I studied computer science and information systems in college and I got a job as a mainframe operator, but my hobby was to fly small aeroplanes.’

Research Lives: Teresa Spohn, PhD candidate at MaREI in NUIG

Prof Caroline Series: ‘In hyperbolic geometry, you might have a surface that is curved in a different way, shaped like a saddle or a trombone or bugle.’

Formulas for twists and turns of shapes and surfaces intrigue Prof Caroline Series

Astrid Wingler, UCC professor of plant biology:  ‘A lot of my research looks at how plants respond to changes in the ranges of temperatures in their environment.’

Research Lives: Astrid Wingler, UCC professor of plant biology

Anna Markella Antoniadi’s project has focused on patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ‘It has been quite rewarding to see everything fitting together.’

Research Lives: Anna Markella Antoniadi, PhD candidate, FutureNeuro centre for chronic and rare neurological diseases

‘We have seen a narrative recently that the pandemic is over. It’s not, that’s another false dawn that could set us up for a difficult winter,’ says Orla Hegarty

Research Lives: Orla Hegarty, assistant professor at UCD school of architecture, planning and environmental policy

Marina Zaki: ‘The idea of a biobank is to store tissue from biopsies and blood samples and other useful clinical data – all with the patient’s consent – so they can be used for future research.’

Research Lives: Dr Marina Zaki, manager of Barrett’s Oesophagus BioBank at St James’s Hospital, Dublin

Prof Peter Gallagher: As a kid I was always taking apart TVs and fixing bikes. I even set up a lab in my room when I was about 10

Research lives: Prof Peter Gallagher, head of astrophysics at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS)

Dr Stephanie Bollard with her dog Cali and colleagues at UCD Veterinary Hospital, from left,  Dr Sarah Higginbotham, Jane Howard, Dr Pamela Kelly  and Prof Amanda McCann Photograph: Vincent Hoban, UCD

Research Lives: Dr Stephanie Bollard, specialist registrar in plastic and reconstructive surgery

  Seán Jordan: ‘This is the only job I have ever had where I wake up every day and I am excited to go to work.’

Dr Seán Jordan, postdoctoral researcher at DCU Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics

UCC professor of food science and technology Alan Kelly: ‘I believe in the premise that research is not complete until it is communicated.’ Photograph: Clare Keogh

Research Lives: Alan Kelly, UCC professor of food science and technology

Proft Patricia Maguire receiving the NovaUCD Invention of the year award 2021 on behalf of the team for AI_PREMie. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Research Lives: Patricia Maguire, Professor of Biomedical Science at University College Dublin

 Tina and PJ Flannery from Dunboyne after receiving their Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Your immune response takes about two to three weeks to produce the antibodies’

Dr Elvira De Eyto, zoologist: ‘Everything we do in our lives is connected to the climate and how the world is functioning.’

Research lives: Dr Elvira De Eyto, zoologist, Marine Institute’s Newport research facility

Katie O’Dwyer: My partner and I live and breathe science, it’s a hobby as well as a job.

Research Lives: Dr Katie O’Dwyer, lecturer in aquatic ecology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Professor of software engineering at UL Ita Richardson: ‘If you think of software like a building, then programming makes up the building block.’

Research Lives: Ita Richardson, professor of software engineering at UL

‘Confidence differs from optimism and self-esteem, in that it is linked to action, with the brain chemical dopamine underpinning the feeling of reward at mastering a challenge.’ File photograph: Getty

Research Lives: Prof Ian Robertson, co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute

Prof Claire Gormley

Research Lives: Prof Claire Gormley, UCD school of mathematics and statistics

Dublin at night as seen from the International Space Station, spring 2013. Photograph: Chris Hadfield

Do you know your satailít and your carr Mhars from your cóiméad or spásfort?

Phil of Science on RTÉ Home School Hub

Phil Smyth, Science communicator on RTÉ’s Home School Hub

Prof Lisa Connolly: ‘Seeing the success of early-stage scientists when they become successful researchers is what gives me the most drive.’

Research Lives: Lisa Connolly, professor in toxin food safety, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Jessamyn Fairfield. Photograph: Steve Cross

Conference to explore adapting science communication to new challenges

Dr Roger Preston: ‘I think that keeping a balance between work and life outside work is a challenge.’

Research Lives: Dr Roger Preston, senior lecturer in vascular biology at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

‘We are inviting anyone who is over 18 and who can spare 10 minutes to record their breathing into their phone to take part.’ Photograph: iStock

Smartphones could monitor rate and quality of breath in people with Covid or recovering

Prof Keith Murphy of UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

Research Lives: Prof Keith Murphy, Professor of Neuropharmacology, UCD

‘Using metal additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, you can produce complicated solid structures by fusing metal powders one layer at a time.’

Research Lives: Bryan Naab, PhD student, I-Form centre for advanced manufacturing, UCD

Dr Rosie Mangan: ‘One thing I remember was hearing my Dad’s voice, and I knew something had changed and I must be back in Ireland.’

Dr Rosie Magan on how she is returning to work in science after a brain injury

Dr Johanna Vos, a postdoctoral research fellow at American Museum of Natural History in New York

Research Lives: ‘This kind of astronomy is probably the ultimate in remote working’

Dr Tess Lambe: ‘Normally it takes up to 10 years for a vaccine to be developed.’ Photograph: John Cairns

Tess Lambe estimates three billion doses of the Covid-19 jab will be available to distribute

Dr Elisa Fadda, assistant professor at the department of chemistry and Hamilton Institute in Maynooth University

Dr Elisa Fadda, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Maynooth University

Prof Fergus Shanahan: explores the changing nature of the doctor-patient conversation and the trust that language can build or destroy.

Sonia Shah, Rita Colwell, Luke O’Neill and Fergus Shanahan inform and delight

A nurse takes a sample from a man’s throat to test for coronavirus. Photograph:   Peter Komka/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Saliva may prove useful for screening for Covid-19, but it has limitations

Dr Sónia Negrão: ‘I studied agronomy at university, and when I learned about using genetics in crop breeding I was hooked, that was it.’

Research Lives: Dr Sónia Negrão, assistant professor in plant sciences at UCD

Prof Fergal O’Brien, professor of bioengineering & regenerative medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Research Lives: Prof Fergal O’Brien, RCSI professor of bioengineering and regenerative medicine

‘Children with autism often don’t sleep well, and this can have an effect on the entire family.’ Photograph: iStock

Research Lives: Dr Lorna Lopez, lecturer in the Department of Biology and Kathleen Lonsdale Institute for Human Health Research, M(...)

The expert advice is that one of the best ways to remain healthy is to get a strong dose of daylight early in the morning. File photograph: Getty Images

‘If you are exposed to green spaces and nature, your health and brain function benefit’

Dr Teresa  Lambe, associate professor and investigator at the Jenner Institute, University of Oxford. ‘I love science and working on vaccines, and I am lucky that this means I get to do something constructive in this pandemic.’ Photograph: John Cairns/University of Oxford

Research Lives: Dr Teresa (Tess) Lambe, associate professor and investigator at The Jenner Institute, University of Oxford

Abeba Birhane: ‘I study embodied cognitive science, which is at the heart of how people interact and go about their daily lives and what it means to be a person.’

RESEARCH LIVES: Abeba Birhane, PhD student at UCD’s Complex Software Lab and Lero

Prof Mike Zaworotko: “Often we already have the solutions, but they have to be matched with the right problems.”

Research Lives: Prof Mike Zaworotko, Bernal chair of crystal engineering, University of Limerick

French engineer-virologist Thomas Mollet looks at cells infected with a Sars-CoV-2 virus at a  laboratory in Nantes, western France. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images.

Numerous coronavirus vaccines are being developed, but none is assured of success

Covid-19 spike protein linking attached to a human cell. photograph: Nexu Science Communication

T-cells could potentially be used to achieve more sustained immunity against the disease

PhD researcher John Noone

Research Lives: PhD researcher John Noone of DCU School of Health and Human Performance and National Institute for Cellular Biolog(...)

Áine O’Toole: “By building tools to track the changes in the virus over time, you can provide information about outbreaks that we wouldn’t otherwise know.” .

Research Lives: Áine O’Toole, PhD student at University of Edinburgh

Prof Lokesh Joshi: ‘I see living organisms, including our bodies, as incredible sensor systems.’

Research Lives: Prof Lokesh Joshi, Stokes professor of glycoscience and research VP at NUI Galway

Shubhangi Kakkar: ‘I looked at how the active ingredients in drugs form crystals in liquids.’

Research Lives: Shubhangi Kakkar, successful PhD candidate, SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals, Bernal Institute, University (...)

Experts have identified abnormal blood clotting in some Covid patients. Photograph: iStock

The lungs may be the coronavirus gateway, but it can extend much further into the body

When  Covid-19 gets into our airways, it enters our cells and ejects its genetic material, co-opting the infected cell into making copies of the virus, which then go on to infect other cells. Photograph: iStock

Understanding the biochemical interplay between virus and cell could help identify new ways to tackle coronavirus

Prof Molly Byrne: ‘People need three things to make any behaviour change – capability, opportunity and motivation’

Research Lives: Prof Molly Byrne, director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group NUIG School of Psychology

The Irish Hedgehog Survey is looking for information on these shy creatures. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

From attitudes to eating habits, online surveys are looking for information during lockdown

Barbara Gormley: “I want to better understand how you get people to do what you need them to do when a health emergency happens”

Research lives: Barbara Gormley, post-graduate researcher at DCU School of Communications

DCU researchers advise ventilating spaces well when at home, especially while cooking or cleaning. Photograph: Getty Images

Scientists at DCU have identified pollutants in homes due to Covid-19 lockdown

Dr Anne Moore: ‘Hopefully in the future, vaccines will be easy to administer, with a patch or a tablet.’

Research lives: Dr Anne Moore, senior lecturer, UCC School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Ivermectin is used to rid animals and humans of many internal and external blood-sucking parasites. File photograph: Getty Images

Findings on anti-parasite drug ‘needs perspective’ – Irish Nobel laureate

Prof Turlough Downes, astrophysicist based at DCU, admits he knows little about epidemics but he has experience of working with challenging data.

Astrophysicist uses his mathmatical models to model numbers and trends from virus

A health worker extracts blood from a patient to perform an antibody test for Covid-19 at the Dworska hospital in Krakow. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Rolling out effective test would give greater certainty about measures to end lockdown

Coronavirus at the point of infection: the visual effect was created by Irish animator and data scientist Eoin Winston of Nexu and Jason McLellan from the University of Texas.

Creating a visual representation that communicates the precise ‘moment of infection’

Horseshoe bats. Photograph: iStock

‘We need to look at why horseshoe bats don’t get sick from coronavirus’ – Irish scientist

Prof Padraic Fallon loaded a trolley full of gloves, masks, aprons and protective suits from his now-closed lab in Trinity College Dublin and got them to St James’s Hospital

Efforts include setting up a tracing call centre, donating equipment and linking scientists to areas of need

Maurice Burke, chief technical officer at DCU Nano Research Facility

Research lives: Maurice Burke, chief technical officer, DCU Nano Research Facility

Boston-based Dr David Dowling, who is from Bray and received his PhD in DCU.

Research Lives: Dr David Dowling, principal investigator, Adjuvant Discovery & Development Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital; inst(...)

“The big block” – a 620-tonne monster. Photograph courtesy of Peter Cox

Research Lives: Prof Rónadh Cox, Edward Brust professor of geology and mineralogy, Williams College, Massachusetts and UCD School (...)

The ‘pancake printer’ developed at a previous Science Hack Day, which makes pancakes through the mouth of rubber duck. Photograph: David McKeown

A two-day hackathon in Dublin aims to bring people together to make creative and fun projects

Molly-Ann Williams is developing a sensor system that can tell us what species are present in an environment

Research Lives: Molly-Ann Williams, PhD student at DCU School of Biotechnology and Water Institute

Cell Explorers founder and director Dr Muriel Grenon.

Research lives: Dr Muriel Grenon, founder and director of Cell Explorers

Sophie Murray: ‘I’m really lucky in that I love my job.’

Research lives: Dr Sophie Murray is a research fellow at TCD and Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

Dr Una FitzGerald at the 2019 Science Foundation Ireland summit. ‘On November 7th, our Cúram lab at NUIG became the first lab in Europe to be Green Lab certified,’ she says. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Research lives: Dr Una FitzGerald, director of Galway Neuroscience Centre, NUIG, and founder of Galway Green Labs

Dr Andrew Hogan: “We could see kids as young as six were starting to show signs of chronic inflammation.”

Research Lives: Dr Andrew Hogan, principal investigator with the Metabolic Immunology Research Group, Maynooth University

John Leech

Research Lives: John Leech, PhD researcher at APC Microbiome Ireland

SFI director of science for society Ruth Freeman, SFI researcher of the year Kevin O’Connor and SFI director general Mark Ferguson. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Bioeconomy pioneer wins researcher of the year award

Dr John Bell: “We need to decarbonise six times faster than the current rate to transition to a carbon-neutral EU by 2050.”

Research lives: Dr John Bell, director of Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Fabry disease is a rare condition  where the body does not break down a particular type of fat, which then builds up in cells of blood vessels and organs

‘We don’t know who most of the patients with Fabry in Ireland are, so we want to build up awareness and be in a position to suppor(...)

Genetic engineering: “Ten years ago if you said such a technology would be widespread, people would have laughed.”

Irish Times readers recognised importance of altering genes in living cells in recent vote

Professor of Experimental Brain Research and author of In Praise of Walking Shane O’Mara. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Research lives: Shane O’Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin

Dave Fahy worked on a number of science events including EuroScience Open Forum/City of Science in 2012, Festival of Curiosity, Sci:Com and Schrodinger at 75

Businessman who passed away last month helped organise key science events in Ireland

Prof Maria Chudnovsky: ‘Maths is beautiful and a great field to pursue.’

Ahead of her Hamilton Lecture in Dublin on October 16th, Prof Maria Chudnovsky of Princeton University connects the dots between t(...)

Dr Garry Laverty:  “When you are applying for funding, you want to focus on the core idea and explain it in language that everyone can understand.”

Research insight: Dr Garry Laverty of school of pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast

Prof Yvonne Buckley: ‘The advantage of plants is that they don’t run away or bite you, so they are very convenient if you want to count and analyse them.’ Photograph: William Gleeson

Research Lives: Prof Yvonne Buckley, professor of zoology at Trinity College Dublin

Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack, right, head of forecasting, and Seamus Walsh, head of climatology and observations, launching the project at DCU

Project aims to build a picture of the quality of freshwater around the capital

UCD assistant professor Dr David McKeown speaks at  a TEDx event at UCD. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Dr David McKeown, assistant professor UCD school of mechanical and materials engineering

Prof Declan Devane: ‘Challenge all of your assumptions. Just because something is done a particular way, that doesn’t mean it is the only or the best way’

Research Lives: Prof Declan Devane, chair of midwifery at NUI Galway

Dr Diarmuid Torney: ‘I stopped eating meat, I try to avoid buying plastic and I try to buy local food wherever possible’

Research Lives: Dr Diarmuid Torney, DCU assistant professor in environmental politics

Storm Ophelia over Ireland: ‘In every weather forecast, in every climate model, somewhere deep down in the code the fundamentals of that are the Navier-Stokes equations. They underpin everything.’

His insights and equations are fundamental to weather forecasting, climate modelling etc

Prof James Gleeson, department of mathematics and statistics, University of Limerick: ‘I wish that more people understood that mathematics is everywhere.’

Research Lives: Prof James Gleeson, department of mathematics and statistics, University of Limerick

Dr Lynette Keeney, staff researcher, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork

Dr Lynette Keeney is a staff researcher at the Tyndall National Institute at UCC

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