Simon is an Irish Research Council postgraduate scholar at University College Cork. He is interested in the non-neuronal cells in the brain, the microbial cells in the gut and how they communicate during early life.
Hayden is a glycobiologist by day, music loving, coffee drinking, plant eater by night. He is doing an MSc at the National Institute of Bio-processing, Research and Training at University College Dublin, looking into improving the design of biomaterial implants in regenerative medicine. Hayden won the FameLab Ireland competition in 2019.
Sharon is a medical student with a keen interest in science. She credits her father, a doctor, for inspiring her to pursue medicine. She has dedicated her spare time to volunteering in clinics, retirement homes, day-cares and homeless shelters. She strives to live a life of purpose and help others. Sharon won the FameLab Ireland competition in 2018.
Deirdre is a psychologist who applies behavioural insights to policy and health. She is a research officer in the Economic and Social Research Institute of Ireland, and adjunct assistant professor in Trinity College Dublin. Before this, Deirdre spent a year working as a postdoctoral researcher in Columbia University, New York. As part of her research Deirdre investigates how our minds affect our bodies, often without awareness, and what this means for health.
In 2014, Niamh emerged bleary-eyed, tired and proud from University College Cork with a degree in Physics. She promptly walked down the road to Cork’s Tyndall National Institute to do a PhD with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC), funded by the Irish Research Council. This came as a surprise to no one, since she always went on and on about how much she loved lasers and fibre-optics. Niamh is also a black-belt and a stilt-walker.
Lisa graduated with a degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork, and is now pursuing a PhD in Applied Health Psychology. Lisa’s research explores how an individual’s perception of the past, present and future influences how they view the world and how make decisions around health behaviours like smoking and physical exercise. Outside of research and academia, she loves to sing and play the guitar, but most of all loves to play the spoons!
Adam is currently completing a Research Master's Degree in Dublin City University which focuses on Science Communication and Public Engagement Online. His undergraduate degree is in Physics with Astronomy. When not surrounded by lasers and chemicals, Adam can usually be found on the squash court, watching sci-fi or talking to anyone willing to listen about physics, having recently co-founded the science blog Nanodash (nanodash.tumblr.com) to do just that.
Fergus is the Education, Public Engagement and Communications Manager at the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences hosted by University College Dublin. He is a TV presenter on RTE’s "The Science Squad", and "10 Things to Know About..." and a regular contributor to Futureproof on Newstalk radio. A previous winner of FameLab Ireland and Famelab International, Fergus has been selected by Pirelli Inc. as one of the Top 10 Global Young Talents.