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The Cell EXPLORERS CIT team brings the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Cork.

Visits can take place during Spring 2020 and later on this autumn around the time of National Science Week in November 2020.




The Cell EXPLORERS Cork IT team was established in May 2019. The team is based in the department of Biological Sciences at CIT, it 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 brought the 2019 Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Cork starting in September and visited more schools around Science Week 2019. The team will continue the school visits in 2020.




The Team


The Cell EXPLORERS Cork IT Team is made up of enthusiastic undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff from the department of Biological Sciences in Cork IT. The team is coordinated by Dr Fiona O'Halloran and Dr Maire Begley from the department of Biological Sciences.

Their team, pictured right, have a passion for communicating their love of science to young children and are excited by the opportunity to interact with primary schools around Cork.

Training School visit by the Cell EXPLORERS CIT team in 2019

Dr. Fiona O'Halloran


Biological Sciences

Cork Institute of Technology

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


Biological Sciences

Cork Institute of Technology

Maire is a Lecturer and researcher in the School of Biological Sciences at CIT. She graduated from University College Cork with a BSc and PhD inMicrobiology. She continued her research in UCC in the Department of Microbiology, the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre and as a Senior Scientist with Food for Health Ireland. Her research interests mainly includes microbial stress resistance, host-pathogen interactions, bioactive peptides and food safety.


School Visits

The first CIT Cell EXPLORERS school visit took place in May 2019 in Belgooly as a training visit with the coordinators from the NUI Galway team. The team visited further 3 more schools in Cork city, Coachford, and Belgooly, altogether including 7 classes during May and Science Week 2019.

CIT team will continue to visit schools in 2020. If you would like Cell EXPLORERS CIT to visit your school contact the team by email.

Map of school visits by the Cell EXPLORERS CIT Team in 2019.

CIT Team school visit photos 2019

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