The Cell EXPLORERS Cork IT team was established in May 2019. The team is based in the department of Biological Sciences at CIT et was developed through collaboration with Dr Fiona O'Halloran and Dr Maire Begley. You can learn more about the department of biological Science here

The team is bringing the 2019 Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Cork starting in September and will run more school visits around Science Week 2019.


To contact the Cell EXPLORERS CIT team you can email them at cellexplorerscit@gmail.com.



The Team


Dr. Fiona O'Halloran and Dr Maire Begley are the coordinators of the team. Their 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. Fiona O'Halloran

Fiona is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences, CIT. She graduated from University College Cork with a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science and completed her PhD in the Cork Institute of Technology. She worked as a scientific researcher in the Teagasc Food Research Centre, Cork (2003-2011) on a range of projects that primarily focused on food-derived bioactives and how they impact human and animal health. Fiona joined the lecturing staff in CIT in 2012 and her teaching primarily focuses on biochemistry and bioanalytical techniques. She is involved in the development and validation of the Nutrition and Health Science programme and is a Principle Investigator in the Nutri Research group. She is also a member of the Biomedical Science board of studies, which oversees the operation and management of the joint CIT/UCC Biomedical Science programme. Her research interests are primarily focused on food and health and understanding how food bioactives can influence human health. She is also involved in projects that focus on alternative antimicrobial strategies, particularly for pathogenic streptococci. The CIT Cell EXPLORERS team are excited to be involved in this scientific outreach initiative, and keen to promote science in our schools and communities through Cell EXPLORERS activities.

Dr. Maire Begley

To be updated soon



School Visits

The first CIT Cell EXPLORERS school visit took place in May 2019 as a training visit with the coordinators from the NUI Galway team. The team visited  ....

Training School visit by the Cell EXPLORERS CIT team in 2019

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


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.