The Cell EXPLORERS Institute of Technology Carlow team was established in May 2017. The team is based in the Department of Health and Science, IT Carlow. The team is coordinated by Dr Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos with support from Dr Gary Cahill and Dr Rosemary O'Hara, three lecturers from IT Carlow. The majority of the team members who demonstrate in the schools are postgraduate students with an interest in science outreach from the Health and Science Department. 


The team is bringing the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Carlow in Autumn 2018 and will have a big presence around the time of National Science Week (November 2018). 


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


The Team


Meet the Cell EXPLORERS Institute of Technology Carlow team for 2018-2019! You can read more about the wonderful coordinators who will be running the team below. These are lecturers with an interest in science outreach and a passion for engaging young children in science.


With their team of volunteers, the IT Carlow team will be engaging primary school children around Carlow during the 2018-2019 academic year, teaching them about DNA and helping them perform DNA extractions in their own classrooms! 

Dr. Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos

Senior Technical Officer

PhD in Environmental Microbiology, BSc

Dr. Guiomar Garcia-Cabellos is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid (Spain) where she completed her undergraduate studies in General Biology. She completed her PhD in the Institute of Technology Carlow, under the supervision of Dr David Dowling. This focused on the interactions between plants and microbes for improved bioremediation using constructed wetlands. She studied the endophytic and exophytic bacterial population of one particular plant commonly used in wetlands, Iris pseudacorus and the ability of these bacteria to breakdown pollutants. Her current research interests include the bioremediation of environmental pollutants including landfill leachate and TBT (a kind of paint), investigations into the presence of lithium and other metals in freshwater systems and novel gene transfer systems in commercially important crops.

Dr. Gary Cahill

Assistant Lecturer


Dr. Cahill is a physicist, with a great interest in informal science and outreach. He often leads interesting discussions with the public about topics such as the Big Bang and regularly delivers public lectures during Science Week.

Dr. Kieran Germaine



Dr. Germaine is mainly interested in isolating and characterising organic pollutant degrading bacteria, isolating heavy metal resistant bacteria, plant growth promoting  bacteria and their growth promoting traits,  bacterial genomics, uses of plant associated bacteria as biocontrol agents, bacterial biosensors, plant microbiomes, waste water bioremediation, human pathogens survival in the plant biosphere, and genetic characterisation of Brassica napus. As well as his involvement with Cell EXPLORERS, he is also involved in secondary school science promotion programmes such as the Young Scientist competition.

School Visits

The IT Carlow team was set up in May 2017 with a training visit from the NUI Galway coordinators which consisted of "on campus" training of volunteers, followed by a training school visit to Myshall National School. Since then, the IT Carlow team have been bringing the Fantastic DNA roadshow to schools all over Carlow and the surrounding Counties.

In the Autumn of 2019 Carlow will begin visiting schools again, especially around Science Week in November 2019.


To request a school visit, schools should email the team at cellexplorersitcarlow@gmail.com.

If you would like to learn more about the activities of the IT Carlow Cell EXPLORERS team, download the infographics below.


ITC team training visit to Myshall NS

Map showing the locations of the Cell EXPLORERS IT Carlow team visits of 2018.


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.