Cell EXPLORERS GMIT

 
 

About 

 

The Cell EXPLORERS GMIT team was established in May 2019. The team is based in the department of Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science at GMIT et 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 is bringing the 2019 Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Galway starting in September and will run more school visits around Science Week 2019.

To contact the Cell EXPLORERS GMIT team you can email them at cellexplorersgmit@gmail.com.

 

The Team

 

Dr. Anthonia Donovan and Dr Karen Finn are the coordinators of the team. Their team of volunteers will be engaging and inspiring primary school children around Galway, teaching them about DNA and helping them perform DNA extractions in their own classrooms!

Dr. Anthonia O'Donovan

Cell Explorers GMIT Coordinator

Lecturer, 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

Lecturer, 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.

 

School Visits

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  ....

Training School visits by the Cell EXPLORERS GMIT team in 2019

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

cellexplorers@nuigalway.ie

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.