Cell EXPLORERS University College Cork




The Cell EXPLORERS University College Cork (UCC) team was established in May 2017. The team is based in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology of UCC and was developed through collaboration with Dr. Kellie Dean and Dr. Eoin Fleming. You can learn more about the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at UCC here

The team is bringing the 2018 Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Cork starting in September and will run more school visits around Science Week 2018.

To contact the Cell EXPLORERS UCC team you can email them at cellexplorersucc@gmail.com.


The Team


Dr. Kellie Dean and Dr. Eoin Fleming are the coordinators of the team in collaboration with  a other members of the School of Biochemistry at UCC. Kellie and Eoin both have strong backgrounds in teaching and interests in community engagement outside of the university, with previous experience in informal science abroad and in Ireland. They have created a very diverse team of volunteers, from undergraduate students and postgraduates to postdoctoral fellows and staff. Together, the team of volunteers will be engaging and inspiring primary school children around Cork, teaching them about DNA and helping them perform DNA extractions in their own classrooms!

Dr. Kellie Dean


Kellie has a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics, from the University of North Carolina. After post-doctoral training in Heidelberg and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Duke University, she joined UCC. 

Kellie’s research interests include translational regulation, non-coding RNAs and RNA-binding protein biochemistry, with a particular focus in investigating the mRNA targets and biological influence of the RNA-binding protein, Smaug, and non-coding RNA/protein complexes in human cells. 

Kellie really enjoys doing outreach and was a volunteer at the butterfly house at the North Carolina Science Museum. She has previous experience in bringing molecular biology to school children and looks forward to continuing this with Cell EXPLORERS!

College Lecturer 

Director of MSc in Molecular Cell Biology with Bioinnovation 

Director MRes Biochemistry & Cell Biology 


Dr. Eoin Fleming

Lecturer Biochemistry & Cell Biology


Eoin's research interests are focussed on the expression, function and degradation of ER associated proteins, in particular, the histidine decarboxylase (HDC) enzyme that catalyzes the formation of histamine, and HFE, which is involved in regulating cellular iron metabolism. Treatment of histamine related diseases can conservatively be estimated to cost Irish patients many millions of euros every year, while the most common inherited disease in Ireland, hereditary haemochromatosis, is associated with mutations in the HFE gene. Eoin is particularly interested in characterizing the manner in which these two proteins are degraded with the aim of providing new insights into how they are regulated physiologically, or how they could potentially be regulated pharmacologically.



School Visits

The first UCC Cell EXPLORERS school visit took place in May 2017 as a training visit with the coordinators from the NUI Galway team. The team visited  5th and 6th class of Glansheen Boys NS in Cork City. The team has since visited a further 4 schools in 2017 and 2018, including two secondary schools.

To learn more about the activities of the Cell EXPLORERS UCC team, download the infographic for 2017 below.

School visits by the Cell EXPLORERS UCC team in 2017

Infographic report of the Cell EXPLORERS UCC 2017 School Roadshow

If you want the UCC team to visit your school you can contact them at cellexplorersucc@gmail.com 


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