Claire O Connell

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

You work at at American Museum of Natural History in New York, which sounds amazing – what do you do there? It is pretty much a dream job, doing scien(...)

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

When Irish scientist Prof Tess (Teresa) Lambe heard the interim results of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trials at the weekend, she almost b(...)

Prof Luke O’Neill said scientific literacy in Ireland was at an all-time high. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Public trust in science has built up strongly during the Covid-19 pandemic, but if there is no breakthrough over the next six months on a vaccine this(...)

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

Your research on the Covid-19 virus was featured recently by the New York Times – can you tell us more? That was so exciting. It was about the work w(...)

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

With the shorter evenings closing in, it’s high time to stock up on reading material. Maybe you want to escape thoughts of Covid-19 entirely. But if y(...)

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

There can be few people who like having a swab pushed up their nose to get a test for the Covid-19 virus, SARS-CoV-2. Wouldn’t it be easier if we coul(...)

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

You want to reduce the stress on barley – how does barley get stressed? Plants experience different kinds of stress, including having too much rainfa(...)

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

Fergal, you work on materials to fix bone and cartilage, can you explain? In my lab, the Tissue Engineering Research Group, we develop materials made(...)

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

Congratulations, you have just been awarded European Research Council funding – those grants are hard to get. What will your project be about? Thank (...)

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

You are working on a much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccine at Oxford. When did you start on that? Back in early January, I was watching what was happeni(...)

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