Cell EXPLORERS ATU GALWAY CITY
The Cell EXPLORERS ATU Galway team is delivering Fantastic DNA in a Box science visits to schools in Galway remotely online
The Cell EXPLORERS ATU Galway city team, previously GMIT, was established in May 2019. The team is based in the department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science at ATU Galway. It was developed through collaboration with Dr. Anthonia O' Donovan and Dr Karen Finn. You can learn more about the department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science here.
The team successfully brought Fantastic DNA in a Box visits remotely to schools around Galway in association with Science week 2021. In 2022 the team is continuing to deliver visits remotely online, and may look into returning to some form of in-person visits, depending on public health advice regarding COVID-19 restrictions at the time.
The Cell EXPLORERS ATU Galway city Team is made up of enthusiastic undergraduate and post graduate students as well as staff from the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science. The team is coordinated by Dr Anthonia O'Donovan and Dr Karen Finn of the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science.
Their team, pictured right, have a passion for communicating their love of science to young children and are excited by the opportunity to interact with primary schools around Galway. Read how the CE GMIT interns got on during Science Week 2021!
Cell EXPLORERS ATU Galway team 2019
Dr. Anthonia O'Donovan
Cell Explorers ATU Galway Coordinator
Department of Bio-pharmaceutical and Medical Science
Anthonia is an academic member of the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science in ATU Galway, has a background in Biochemistry, and lectures primarily in Cell Biology & Genetics. Anthonia is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway, where she obtained both her BSc (Hons.) degree and her PhD in Biochemistry. Anthonia also has a keen interest in and is involved in research in the areas of Fungal Biology and the search of secondary metabolites and enzymes with applications in the biofuel and biopharmaceutical industries.
Through Cell Explorers, Anthonia is delighted to have the opportunity to meet young students during school visits where she is continually impressed by the interest and enthusiasm the students have for learning in the field of Science.
Dr. Karen Finn
Cell explorers ATU Galway Coordinator
Department of Bio-Pharmaceutical and Medical Science
Karen is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science, ATU Galway, where her teaching primarily focuses on biochemistry- and molecular biology-based modules. Karen is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway, where she obtained her BSc (Hons.) degree in Biomedical Science and PhD in Biochemistry. Following this, she was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases in the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK. Karen’s research interests mainly focus on elucidating how perturbations in cell signalling pathways contribute to the pathogenesis of disease and the identification of novel biomarkers to predict disease outcome. Karen also has a keen interest in scientific outreach and is excited about encouraging the next generation of scientists through her Cell EXPLORERS activities.
CE ATU Galway city 2021 interns
In 2021/22, CE volunteers have the opportunity to act as CE interns and take on more responsibilities and assist in the coordination of the team.
Meet Hannah, Áine and Ryan - who were CE ATU Galway city interns in November 2021, and assisted coordinators Karen and Toni to organise and facilitate their visits for Science Week 2021. Read more about their experience by sliding across below!
What have the ATU Galway city team been up to lately?
Since 2020, to continue to deliver hands-on engagement to schools whilst adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, Cell EXPLORERS created Fantastic DNA in a Box : a remote adaptation of our Fantastic DNA session. This science kit provides teachers with all the materials and resources to introduce their pupils to living things, cells & DNA, whilst getting the opportunity to complete a DNA extraction experiment.
In 2021, the ATU Galway city facilitated 2 Fantastic DNA in a Box sessions with 2 schools in association with 2021 Science Week. This gave an amazing 58 children the opportunity to extract DNA from bananas and to gain a glimpse into the life of a molecular biologist.
When was the first ATU Galway city team visit?
The first ATU Galway city Cell EXPLORERS school visit took place in May 2019 as a training visit with the coordinators from the University of Galway team. The team visited 5 schools in 2019, introducing Fantastic DNA to 227 children.
In 2020, ATU Galway city switched to the remotely-delivered Fantastic DNA in a Box activity, and engaged 4 schools, directly reaching 111 children.
The ATU Galway city team will continue to visit schools in 2022. If you would like Cell EXPLORERS ATU Galway city to bring Fantastic DNA to your school contact the team by email.
CE ATU Galway city Fantastic DNA in a Box visits 2021
Delivering FDIAB visits remotely in 2020
Training School visits by the ATU Galway city team in 2019
What do teachers & pupils say?
All participating pupils & teachers have a chance to provide us with feedback on their experience.
This helps us to evaluate the quality and impact of our visits!
A summary infographic is generated for each team every year. It shows the metrics of the team activity, highlighting children's and teacher's experiences by summarising their feedback and includes pictures from school visits.
Image gallery of ATU Galway activity
Images are from 2019-2021