The Cell EXPLORERS Institute of Technology Tralee team was established in May 2016. The team is based in the South Campus of IT Tralee and is coordinated by two lecturers, Dr. Geraldine Twamley Stein and Dr. Antoinette O'Grady. The team members who demonstrate in the schools are undergraduate students with an interest in science outreach from the Pharmaceutical Science or Wildlife Biology courses. 


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


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


The Team


Here is the Cell EXPLORERS Institute of Technology Tralee team for 2016! You can read more about the wonderful coordinators who will be running the team next school semester below. Both lecturers with an interest in science outreach and a passion for engaging young children in science.


With their team of volunteers, Geraldine and Antoinette will be engaging primary school children around Kerry next year, teaching them about DNA and helping them perform DNA extractions in their own classrooms! 

Cell EXPLORERS IT Tralee team members at Fantastic DNA training and the IT Tralee team on their first school visit to Moyderwell Primary.

Dr. Niall Burke

Cell EXPLORERS ITT Coordinator


Dr. Niall Burke received both his BSc in Physiology and Research MSc in Microbiology (industry focused) from University College Cork (UCC) before working as a Research Assistant within the Vascular Sciences Department at Imperial College London, UK. He completed his PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences at University College London (UCL), as part of The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute team, while researching the role of mitochondrial dynamics in cardiac ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Dr. Burke then worked as a postdoctoral fellow within the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca PLC in Cambridge (UK), where he was investigating the role of cell signalling kinases in drug-induced structural cardiotoxicity. He has significant in vitro cell culture and molecular cell biology experience. Dr. Burke is currently based at IT Tralee in Co. Kerry and currently holds the position of Scientific Project Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre.


School Visits


The IT Tralee team was set up in May 2016 with a training day with the NUI Galway coordinators followed by a training school visit to the nearby Moyderwell Primary School. This was the old primary school of one of the coordinators, Antoinette, so there was much excitement when the team visited! The Fantastic DNA session was run with both 5th & 6th classes.

The team visited 3 other schools in Tralee during Science week 2016.

In 2017, Cell EXPLORERS ITT visited an additional school in Abbeydorney and was part of the Kerry Science Festival.

For further information on the activities of the ITT Cell EXPLORERS team, download the infographic from 2017 below, or those from previous years.

Cell EXPLORERS participant locations, 2017

ITT Team Training School Visit


Past IT Tralee Team Members

Dr. Geraldine Twamley Stein

Former Cell EXPLORERS ITT Coordinator

Lecturer in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Institute of Technology Tralee

Geraldine was awarded her BSc in Biochemistry in UCC before getting her PhD in Molecular Biology in EMBL in Heidelberg in Germany. She has over 21 years of lecturing experience in science subjects. In IT Tralee she has taught a variety of different courses and subjects including Forensic Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Biochemistry, Ecology and Conservation Science. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects in the area of field biology, agriculture and parasitology.


Geraldine has experience in coordinating community projects that bring students from ITT and local members of the community together to solve local problems in the areas of ecology and conservation. She has lectured and demonstrated for science taster programmes in the IT Tralee laboratories for transition year students and was involved in the setting up and judging of the first Sci-Fest for County Kerry. She is passionate about creating stronger links between IT Tralee and the surrounding community. 

Dr. Antoinette O'Grady

Former Cell EXPLORERS ITT Coordinator

Lecturer in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Institute of Technology Tralee

Antoinette is a Chemistry lecturer at IT Tralee in the School of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she teaches students in Wildlife Biology and Agricultural Sciences courses in addition to Biological and Pharmaceutical science students. She has a Masters in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from UCC and got her PhD in Physical Chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast.


Prior to joining IT Tralee, Antoinette worked in industry as a sales manager and an application specialist, where she trained and supported researchers in using the product. She is excited about the benefits that having a Cell EXPLORERS team in IT Tralee will bring to her students. 


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.