The Cell EXPLORERS Letterkenny Institute of Technology team was established in May 2017. The team is based in the Science Department of LyIT and was developed through collaboration with the department head, Dr. Joanne Gallagher. The Cell EXPLORERS LyIT team is coordinated by Dr. Mary Carr, assistant lecturer in the Science Department. The team members who demonstrate in schools are postgraduate and staff researchers from the Science Department with an interest in science outreach. You can find out more about the LyIT Science Department and the research that they do here.


The team will be bringing the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Donegal next Autumn, around the time of National Science Week 2018


To contact the Cell EXPLORERS LyIT team you can email them at cellexplorerslyit@gmail.com.


The Team


Meet the Cell EXPLORERS Letterkenny Institute of Technology team. Mary Carr is the team coordinator for the academic year 2017-18. She is supported by Dr. Joanne Gallagher, the head of the Science Department. They are both excited about bringing science to the local community. 


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

Mary Carr

Assistant Lecturer

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Mary completed a BSc. in biotechnology from DCU. After working for a number of years in the Biopharmaceutical Industry, she changed career and began teaching. After a few years teaching at Secondary level, she returned to college and completed an MSc in Biotechnology from University of Ulster. She joined the Lecturing staff in LYIT in 2004. As well as co-ordinating Cell Explorers, she is involved in the coordination of SciFest and is a member of the LYIT Green Campus committee.


Dr. Joanne Gallagher

Head of Science Department

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Dr. Gallagher has a PhD in biotechnology from Dublin City University. After a postdoctoral position and lecturing in UCD, she joined Letterkenny Institute of Technology in 2006.

Joanne is regularly involved in public engagement in science through the coordination of ScienceFest, Science Week activities or visiting secondary schools to promote the study of science at third level. 


School Visits

The Letterkenny IT team was established in May 2017 with a first training visit by the NUI Galway team coordinators to Coosan National School. 

In 2017, the team visited a further two schools in May and November, in Letterkenny and Stranorlar.

The team will be visiting more schools starting next September and November around the time of Science Week 2018. If you want the LyIT team to visit your school contact them at cellexplorerslyit@gmail.com.

If you would like to learn more about the activities of Cell EXPLORERS LyIT in 2017, download the infographic below.

Infographic report of the LyIT Cell EXPLORERS 2017 School Roadshow

Schools visited by Cell EXPLORERS LyIT 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.