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Cell EXPLORERS Maynooth University

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The Cell EXPLORERS Maynooth University team was established in May 2017. This team is coordinated by Dr. Sinead Miggin , lecturer in the Department of Biology and Dr. Elisa Fadda, lecturer in the Chemistry Department.


Unfortunately, the Maynooth University team will remain inactive for the 2019-20 Academic year. For visits in the Maynooth and Dublin areas, check out our NVRL and Future Neuro team pages.

The Team

The Team


The Cell EXPLORERS MU team is made up of enthusiastic postgraduate students from Chemistry and Biology Sciences courses at MU as well as some members of staff. Both, students and staff, have a passion for communicating their love of science to young children and are excited by the opportunity to interact with primary schools around Maynooth. If you want the MU team to visit your school, you can contact them at

Dr. Sinead Miggin

Lecturer in the Department of Biology

Coordinator of MSc in Immunology & Global Health 

Dr Sinead Miggin is a lecturer in Immunology at Maynooth University. Sinead has a BSc in Toxicology from Athlone Institute of Technology, an MSc in Biotechnology from Dublin City University and a PhD in Biochemistry from University College Dublin. Following the completion of her PhD, Sinead undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Inflammation research at the Conway Institute, University College Dublin (2000-2002) followed by a Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Biochemistry and Immunology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2002-2006). Sinead has been a lecturer and research in Maynooth University since 2006. In 2014 she step up as the Director of the Msc program in Immunology and global health at Maynooth University.

In 2015, Sinead was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education. Sinead has an interest in understanding the mechanisms that regulate inflammation in the context of Osteoarthritis and Type-2-Diabetes.

Dr. Elisa Fadda

Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Hamilton Institute 

Dr Fadda is a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at Maynooth University. She has a BSc and an MSc in Chemistry from the Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy, and a PhD in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry from the Université de Montréal, Canada. Her first postdoc is in Molecular Structure and Function at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She moved to Galway in 2008, where she worked as a research fellow and honorary lecturer in computational glycobiology in the School of Chemistry at NUI Galway. In 2013 she moved to Maynooth. Her main research interests are in understanding the mechanisms, structure, energy and dynamics of biomolecular interactions. To do this she uses primarily computer simulation techniques, whereby biomolecules are represented through mathematical models and their behaviour determined by computer calculations. Unconventionally for a chemist, her work does not require a lab coat, but it is very often coupled and used to interpret and guide experiments. She has always been very interested and keen in promoting science to a wide (and especially to a young) audience as a tool to foster curiosity in the fundamental sciences and to encourage gender equality in STEM.

School visits

School Visits

The MU team visited eight schools around Dublin and Kildare in 2018, successfully delivering the Fantastic DNA workshop to 371 Children! 

Unfortunately, the team's activity has been suspended for 2019. 

To learn more about the activities of Maynooth University Cell EXPLORERS team, download the infographics below outlining their successes across 2017 and 2018:

2018 Infographic Report on the MU Cell EXPLORERS School Roadshow

2017 Infographic Report on the MU Cell EXPLORERS School Roadshow


MU team training at Presentation Girls NS

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