State school in brisbane.
undergraduate degree in biochemistry, a doctorate in molecular biology and a masters in teaching.
In a resaerch institute in asutralina and in NUIG.
The National University of Ireland Galway.
Favourite thing to do in science: discover something new!
I'm an Aussie (Australian) trained scientist who lives in Galway (doing science).
I’m an Australian who got my PhD (means i’m a Dr) in Brisbane Australia investigating diseases that can cause cancer.
I now live (and love) Galway.
I have a family and my wife is a scientist too- which is good and bad!
I love live music and love all the culture, and food, that Galway has to offer.
I work on understanding and maybe one day treating breast cancer.
My work is trying to understand why people get breast cancer- what it is that goes wrong inside some cells that makes them turn into bad cancer cells.
I’m also working a (maybe one day) a new way to specifically kill these breast cancer cells, to help people live longer.
My Typical Day
I spend some time teaching my students and working in the lab, and a litte bit of time writing.
I teach my students (PhD and masters) how to perform experiments in the lab and make sure they learn new techniques and ways of conducting experiments.
During the school year i also teach undergraduate students how to use online tools that scientists use all the time to carry out their work.
I also spend time communicating our work – either writing up our work so other scientists can see what we are doing and what we found out (to help their work) or reading about others work that could help us!
What I'd do with the money
I would bring school students to a sceintifc meeting and ask them to join in!
I’m one of the people that organize the Irish Association for cancer research (a big cancer scientists in Ireland and from all over the world) that is held in Ireland every year.
I would organize a specific session where students would come and join in listening to scientists (from all over Ireland, and the world) talk about their work in a way that everyone can understand and have students (or anyone) ask the speakers questions (about their work or about being a scientist).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
tall, loud, talkative
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
jumped out of a plane
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Discoverd something no one had ever seen before.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
Tell us a joke.
do you know any jokes about sodium? Na.