Hayden Wilkinson

What do synaesthesia, split brains and designer babies have in common? On the face of it, perhaps not much. But they have all acted as stepping stones(...)

A computer animation provided by European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany showing the ESA satellite Rosetta during its approach on earth. Rosetta reached the comet’s orbit in August 2014 after its launch from Earth in 2004. Photograph: C Careau/ EPA

Space research pushes the frontiers of our knowledge – in recent times it has “caught” a comet, detected ripples in spacetime called gravitational wav(...)

Prof Marina Lynch: 'My research looks at very important cells in the brain called microglia.'

Congratulations Marina, you are about to receive the Irish Society for Immunology medal and give the related public lecture. What will you be talking (...)

Dr Manus Biggs: “My lab in Galway will develop the biomaterials for the devices, and we will collect data about how they perform in a biological environment.”

You are starting a new project to make smart biological sensors to monitor ailing hearts and blood-vessels, what does that involve? We are developing(...)

Dr Jenny Lawler at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2019 in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. “I was also shortlisted for Young Leader of the Year, but I reckoned because of the lab award I wouldn’t get another one. So I was really shocked and very happily surprised when I won that one too”

Congratulations, you were recently honoured at the Irish Laboratory Awards. What did you win? “I am a principal investigator at DCU Water Institute, (...)

Neuroscientist Sabina Brennan (right) with Dr Laura McAvinue in Trinity college Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Why did you write a book about brain health? “While doing brain research at Trinity College Dublin I read academic papers that showed it is possible (...)

Dr John Regan: “I’d really love to look more now at small galaxies that haven’t changed much since those early days.”

John, you and colleagues recently had a paper out in ‘Nature’ with a new perspective on how massive black holes formed in the early universe. Why were(...)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi with a microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Battery low and yet miles to go. It’s a pain for consumers and a challenge for manufacturers: how do you make a battery that can store more charge an(...)

Dr Anthony Ventresque: “I have very good students – they are brilliant technically, they ask good questions [and] they provide another reason to get up in the morning and go to work.”

You research complex software, why is there the need for this kind of research? “One of the big changes in software in the last 10-15 years has been (...)

Dr Deirdre Murray: “I am extremely lucky to be doing a job that I love, answering important questions about children’s health. What could be better?” Photograph: Darragh Kane

A lot of parents and babies take part in your studies in Cork. What have you been researching? “One of the great things about being a researcher in Ir(...)

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