Cell EXPLORERS AIT

 

Get READY! The AIT Cell EXPLORERS team is gearing up for another round of the Fantastic DNA roadshow

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About 

The Cell EXPLORERS Athlone Institute of Technology team was established in May 2015. The team is based in the Bioscience Research Institute (BRI) of AIT and was developed through collaboration with the BRI director, Professor Neil Rowan. The Cell EXPLORERS AIT team is coordinated by Lyndsey O'Kane, post-graduate researcher from the BRI. Past coordinators include Maya Frost, Dr. Erin Jo Tiedeken and Dr. Alessia Stocca. The team members who demonstrate in the schools are postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers from the BRI with an interest in science outreach. You can find out more about the BRI and the research that they do here.

 

The team will be bringing the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Athlone town next November around the time of National Science Week

To contact the Cell EXPLORERS AIT team you can email them at cellexplorersait@gmail.com.

 
 

The Team

 

Meet the Cell EXPLORERS Athlone Institute of Technology team! Lyndsey O'Kane has taken over the coordination role this year with Maya Frost (former coordinator) and Professor Neil Rowan, the Director for the Bioscience Research Institute supporting her in this task. The team are excited about bringing AIT science to the local community. 

 

With volunteer student and staff demonstrators the AIT Cell EXPLORERS team  will be engaging primary school children around Athlone, teaching them about DNA and helping them perform DNA extractions in their own classrooms! 

Cell EXPLORERS AIT team members. Clockwise from top-left: Maya (Team Coordinator 2017-2018), Justin, Ian, Katie.

Lyndsey O'Kane

Cell EXPLORERS AIT Coordinator

PhD Candidate

Bioscience Research Institute

Athlone Institute of Technology

 Lyndsey O'Kane (Ratcliffe) received her B.Sc in Forensic Toxicology and B.Sc (honours) in human and animal Toxicology at Athlone Institute of Technology, graduating in 2016 with a first class honours. Her current research studies are focused on the improvement of livestock populations through quantitative genetic methods which allows the identification of lethal recessive disorder carriers, and the increasing of advantageous heritable traits related to production and health in future livestock populations through genetic screening and prediction. As a mother of three children, Lyndsey is passionate about science education for young children and became involved with the Cell explorers team at AIT in 2016, when she first started her postgraduate research. 

 

Prof Neil Rowan

Director

Bioscience Research Institute

Athlone Institute of Technology

 Professor Rowan has dedicated his academic and enterprise career to pursuit of scientific excellence under the same core theme of disease mitigation and prevention harnessing applied microbiology, toxicology, parasitology and analytical chemistry. His blend of oriented basic and applied research are aligned with national research prioritization (NRP) areas of therapeutics, medical devices and novel processing technologies. He is Director of the Bioscience Research Institute (http://bri.ait.ie) that also is designated Technology Core Facility for supporting regional industries in life sciences as part of EU Interreg Sharebiotech. Prof Rowan also holds Adjunct Professorship in NUI Galway and lectures in Faculty of Science & Health in AIT.  He has been Cell EXPLORERS institutional partner directing the  Cell EXPLORERS AIT Team since 2015 in addition to participating in AIT SciFest Events. 

 

Prof. Neil Rowan

Director

Bioscience Research Institute

Athlone Institute of Technology

 Professor Rowan has dedicated his academic and enterprise career to the pursuit of scientific excellence under the same core theme of disease mitigation and prevention harnessing applied microbiology, toxicology, parasitology and analytical chemistry. His blend of oriented basic and applied research are aligned with national research prioritization (NRP) areas of therapeutics, medical devices and novel processing technologies. He is Director of the Bioscience Research Institute (http://bri.ait.ie) which is a designated Technology Core Facility for supporting regional industries in life sciences as part of EU Interreg Sharebiotech. Prof. Rowan also holds an Adjunct Professorship in NUI Galway and lectures in the Faculty of Science & Health in AIT.  He has been a Cell EXPLORERS institutional partner directing the  Cell EXPLORERS AIT Team since 2015 in addition to participating in AIT SciFest Events. 

 

Maya Frost, MSc

PhD Candidate

Bioscience Research Institute

Athlone Institute of Technology

Maya Frost trained as a critical care paramedic at the Oregon Health Sciences University. Her long career as a firefighter/paramedic has augmented her academic career. She received her B.Sc. in Analytical & Forensic Science and B.Sc. (Hons) in Bioanalytical Science from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Ms. Frost was the inaugural awardee of the Norbrook Barnett Pharmaceutical Sciences Scholarship, earning her MSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences through the University of Ulster. She currently lectures part-time while studying for her Ph.D. at the Athlone Institute of Technology. Her research is in the development of next generation smart polymers for use in targeted drug delivery applications. She is an associate member of the Royal Society for Chemistry. She volunteers for the Bat Conservation of Ireland - where you may find her recording bat sounds on summer evenings.  She was a demonstrator for Cell EXPLORERS AIT team in 2015 and has participated in SciFest Events at AIT. She is an accomplished musician, likes medieval history, and is an avid textile crafter.

 

 

School Visits

In 2018 the AIT Cell EXPLORERS team visited an incredible 13 classes across 8 schools in 2 counties, engaging with a total of 309 children.

 

The team will be visiting more schools in October and November 2019, around the time of Science Week 2019!

2018 Infographic Report on the AIT Cell EXPLORERS School Roadshow​

2017 Infographic Report on the AIT Cell EXPLORERS School Roadshow

2016 Infographic Report on the AIT Cell EXPLORERS School Roadshow

2015 Infographic Report on the AIT Cell EXPLORERS School Roadshow

Map of AIT team school visits in 2018. 8 schools were visited around Athlone town and further afield in counties Roscommon and Westmeath.

AIT Fantastic DNA school visits in 2017

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Cell EXPLORERS is funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the SFI Discover programme, NUI Galway and the Galway University Foundation.