Cell EXPLORERS GMIT
The Cell EXPLORERS GMIT team was established in May 2019. The team is based in the department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science at GMIT. It was developed through collaboration with Dr. Anthonia Donovan and Dr Karen Finn. You can learn more about the department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science here.
The team successfully brought the 2019 Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Galway in September and will conducted more school visits around Science Week 2019. In 2020, the team will be actively visiting more schools around Galway.
The Cell EXPLORERS GMIT Team is made up of enthusiastic undergraduate and post graduate students as well as staff from the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science. The team is coordinated by Dr Anthonia O'Donovan and Dr Karen Finn of the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science.
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 Galway.
Cell EXPLORERS GMIT team 2019
Dr. Anthonia O'Donovan
Cell Explorers GMIT Coordinator
Department of Bio-pharmaceutical and Medical Science
Anthonia is an academic member of the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science in GMIT, has a background in Biochemistry, and lectures primarily in Cell Biology & Genetics. Anthonia is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway, where she obtained both her BSc (Hons.) degree and her PhD in Biochemistry. Anthonia also has a keen interest in and is involved in research in the areas of Fungal Biology and the search of secondary metabolites and enzymes with applications in the biofuel and biopharmaceutical industries.
Through Cell Explorers, Anthonia is delighted to have the opportunity to meet young students during school visits where she is continually impressed by the interest and enthusiasm the students have for learning in the field of Science.
Dr. Karen Finn
Cell explorers GMIT Coordinator
Department of Bio-Pharmaceutical and Medical Science
Karen is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science, GMIT, where her teaching primarily focuses on biochemistry- and molecular biology-based modules. Karen is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Galway, where she obtained her BSc (Hons.) degree in Biomedical Science and PhD in Biochemistry. Following this, she was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases in the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, UK. Karen’s research interests mainly focus on elucidating how perturbations in cell signalling pathways contribute to the pathogenesis of disease and the identification of novel biomarkers to predict disease outcome. Karen also has a keen interest in scientific outreach and is excited about encouraging the next generation of scientists through her Cell EXPLORERS activities.
The first GMIT Cell EXPLORERS school visit took place in May 2019 as a training visit with the coordinators from the NUI Galway team. The team visited 5 schools in 2019, introducing Fantastic DNA to 227 children.
GMIT team will continue to visit schools in 2020. If you would like Cell EXPLORERS GMIT to bring Fantastic DNA to your school contact the team by email.
Training School visits by the Cell EXPLORERS GMIT team in 2019