My main tasks
I lead the Research Support functions in UCC and also the team in Organic & Pharmaceutical Chemistry as a Co-PI in Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I supervise a team of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, collaborate with researchers in other universities worldwide and collaborate with researchers in the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and globally. I prepare research proposals to fund my team, write papers describing our research results and present our results at conferences.
What I like
The constant excitement of new discoveries in my lab and facilitating researchers across UCC to achieve their goals.
There are never enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do.
Who influenced me
A number of really influential mentors including my PhD supervisor, Tony McKervey have really influenced my career journey, along with some very bright PhD students and our collaborators across the world.
I wish each day could have 48 hours instead of 24! Otherwise, I feel that there are no limits as my position enables me to follow many opportunities.
Most useful aspects of my education
My education sparked a passion for research, creating new knowledge and mentoring early career researchers. This has really contributed to my achievements.
Useful work experience
Some time in industry at an early career stage is very valuable; experience in research labs internationally is very important If you love discovery, research is undoubtedly a great career – not an easy one but very rewarding.