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(...)

Prof Andrew Parnell of Maynooth University

Science Lives: Prof Andrew Parnell of Maynooth University on his life’s work   As a statistician you reckon statistical models offer “scientifi(...)

Prof Gianpiero Cavalleri: “We also used DNA to inform on the population structure and history of the Traveller community, and we were able to contribute in some small way to the debate around the recognition of Travellers as an ethnic minority.”

What areas do you research? “I’m interested in how we all differ at the level of our DNA, the set of genes we inherit. Understanding and studying the(...)

Dr Laura Gleeson: “In the lab, you are working towards long-term goals, slowly testing hypotheses and accumulating evidence to answer questions that have never been asked before.”

You are a medical doctor, how did you become interested in research? “I had done my medical degree and my basic medical training at Trinity College D(...)

Dr Conor Brennan, associate professor, Dublin City University School of Electronic Engineering.

The research in your lab looks to control electromagnetic radiation. That sounds ambitious, can you explain? “Electromagnetic or EM radiation exists (...)

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