The Cell EXPLORERS Dundalk Institute of Technology team was established in June 2016. This team is coordinated by Dr. Suzanne Linnane, senior lecturer in the Deparment of Applied Sciences in Dundalk IT.


The team will be bringing the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Dundalk this November around the time of National Science Week (November 2018). 


To contact the Cell EXPLORERS Dundalk IT team you can email them at cellexplorersdkit@gmail.com.


The Team


The Cell EXPLORERS Dundalk IT team is made up of enthusiastic undergraduate students from Environmental, Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences courses in DkIT. The team is coordinated by Drs Caroline Gilleran and Suzanne Linnane from the department of Applied Science. Their students (right, with coordinator Dr. Suzanne Linnane) have a passion for communicating their love of science to young children and are excited by the opportunity to interact with primary schools around Dundalk. 

Dr. Caroline Gilleran

Lecturer in the Department of Applied Sciences

Dr Caroline Gilleran Stephens joined Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) in 2006 as a Lecturer in Biotechnology.  Caroline’s research career began with the undertaking of a PhD in Biochemistry at NUI, Galway in 2000.  During which she designed, developed and patented a novel strategy for the utilization of carbohydrate rich waste.  Caroline was awarded an Intra-European Marie Curie training fellowship in 2004, which facilitated a 6-month training internship in fermentation technology at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Lund, Sweden.


Upon completion her PhD in 2004, Caroline worked as an Environmental Scientist on the Shannon River Basin management project in Roscommon town.  In 2005, she returned to her interest in Biofuels and took up the position of Senior Scientific Advisor in Zenith Technologies Ltd. Ringaskiddy, Cork.  


Since joining DkIT, Caroline has been involved in the teaching and development of a number of postgraduate and undergraduate science  programmes in DkIT and is currently Programme Director for the M.Sc. in Agricultural Biotechnology. Caroline has a strong interest in student centred learning and enhancing the learning environment for undergraduate agriculture students and in 2017 commenced an MA in Learning & Teaching at DkIT. In addition to teaching and course development, Caroline is passionate about bringing science to schools and promotes STEM education through the science outreach programmes Cell Explorers and H2O Heroes. Caroline is also actively  involved in Science Week, Scifest, World Water Monitoring Day and Pint of Science. 

Dr. Suzanne Linnane

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Sciences

Theme Lead, Water and Development

Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies

School of Health and Science

Suzanne currently holds the only Senior Lecturer post in the Department of Applied Sciences, Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT). On joining DkIT in 2004, she established the National Centre for Freshwater Studies (now the Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies (CFES)), the leading water institute in the IOTI sector and an internationally recognised research centre for which she has personally secured research funding in excess of €5 million. Prior to her appointment to DkIT, she held posts with Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Suzanne has been involved in community based research in Ireland, Europe and Africa where she has worked on multi-collaborative and trans-disciplinary water related projects involving multiple stakeholders. In addition, she has a wealth of experience in community based learning and public engagment. She is co-ordinator of the School of Health and Science’s Civic Engagment programme, a founding member of the DkIT volunteer society and is an active participant in National Science Week, Scifest, Africa Day, World Water Day and World Water Monitoring day. Suzanne has been involved in dissemnation of her school outreach programme ‘All about Water’ and the production of the popular ‘All about Water’ schoolbook, which is now being translated into 8 European languages.


School Visits

In 2016, the DkIT team visited two 6th classes in St. Oliver Plunkett's (Blackrock) National School as part of training with the NUI Galway team coordinators. This team then hosted 5 national schools in October/November 2016.

In November 2017, the team then hosted an incredible 7 schools for Science Week on campus at DkIT!

To learn more about the activities of the DkIT Cell EXPLORERS team, download the infographic below from 2017, or check out those from previous years too.

DkIT Fantastic DNA school map 2017

Fantastic DNA at Science Week 2017 on the DkIT campus


School of Natural Sciences, Arts and Science Building, National University of Ireland, Galway

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