I have always been interested in how the immune system works and how it can be directed for therapeutic effect in cancer. I did my undergraduate degree, BSc. Human Health and Disease, in Trinity College Dublin. In my final year there I investigated virulence factors of fusobacterium nucleatum in colon cancer in Dr Henry Windle's lab. While completing this degree I was selected for the Amgen Scholars Program and carried out a project on MYCN signalling in neuroblastoma in the lab of Marie Arsenian Henriksson in the Karolinska Institute, Sweden for the 2013 Program. I then moved to the UK to do a Masters degree at the University of Nottingham. I was awarded a European Masters Scholarship to complete the MSc. Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology Degree. This degree enabled me to deepen and expand my interests in cancer immunology and immunotherapy and set the scene for completing a PhD in this area. I expect to complete my PhD in 2019.
Outside of labwork I enjoy taking part in science communication and outreach events including hosting lab tours for my funder Tenovus Cancer Care and speaking about my research at public events including at Techniquest Cardiff Bay and the Cardiff Story Museum. I won the Cardiff University Three Minute Thesis heat in 2016 and spoke at Cardiff University's 'Growing the Knowledge Economy' alumni event in 2017. I've also visited schools to facilitate science outreach for the next generation of young scientists with the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER).