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The Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry team brings the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Kerry.

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 Munster Technological University (MTU) Kerry team (formerly know as IT Tralee) was established in May 2016. The team is based in the South Campus of MTU Kerry and was previously coordinated by two lecturers, Dr. Geraldine Twamley Stein and Dr. Antoinette O'Grady. Dr. Naill Burke is the new Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry coordinator, who is a Lecturer at the Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre, MTU Kerry. The team members who demonstrate in the schools are undergraduate students with an interest in science outreach from the Pharmaceutical Science or Wildlife Biology courses. 


The team succesfully brought the Fantastic DNA School Roadshow to primary schools around Kerry last November around the time of National Science Week. This year in 2020, the team will be visiting more schools around Tralee. Learn more about the past school visits of the team and the evaluation feedback they have received in the infographic section.


The Team


Here is the Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry team for 2019! You can read more about our wonderful coordinator who will be running the team over the next school semester below. Niall is a lecturer with an interest in science outreach and a passion for engaging young children in science.


With his team of volunteers, Niall will be engaging primary school children around Kerry, teaching them about DNA and helping them perform DNA extractions in their own classrooms! 

ITT Cell EXPLORERS team 2019

Dr. Niall Burke

Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry Coordinator


Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre,

MTU Kerry

Dr. Niall Burke received both his BSc in Physiology and Research MSc in Microbiology (industry focused) from University College Cork (UCC) before working as a Research Assistant within the Vascular Sciences Department at Imperial College London, UK. He completed his PhD in Cardiovascular Sciences at University College London (UCL), as part of The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute team, while researching the role of mitochondrial dynamics in cardiac ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Dr. Burke then worked as a postdoctoral fellow within the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca PLC in Cambridge (UK), where he was investigating the role of cell signalling kinases in drug-induced structural cardiotoxicity. He has significant in vitro cell culture and molecular cell biology experience. Dr. Burke is currently based at MTU Kerry in Co. Kerry and currently holds the position of Scientific Project Manager for Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre.


School Visits


In 2019, the team visited 2 schools, 4 classes, engaging 99 children with Fantastic DNA. In 2017, Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry visited a school in Abbeydorney and was part of the Kerry Science Festival.

The MTU Kerry team was set up in May 2016 with a training day with the NUI Galway coordinators followed by a training school visit to the nearby Moyderwell Primary School. This was the old primary school of one of the coordinators, Antoinette, so there was much excitement when the team visited! The Fantastic DNA session was run with both 5th & 6th classes. The team visited 3 other schools in Tralee during Science week 2016.

MTU Kerry Cell EXPLORERS school visit map for  2019

The team will continue school visits this year. If you would like them to visit your school, please contact the team by email.

Check the team impact and the feedback from schools !

All Children and teachers visited have a chance to provide us with feedback on the visit. This helps us to evaluate the quality and impact of our visits!

A summary infographics is generated for each team every year. It shows the metrics of the team activity, highlighting children's and teacher's experience by summarising their feedback and includes pictures from school visits.

Click on the links to discover the Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry team visits over the past years. 


MTU Kerry Team Training School Visit



Past MTU Kerry Team Members

Dr. Geraldine Twamley Stein

Former Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry Coordinator


School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Institute of Technology Tralee

Geraldine is a UCC graduate in Biochemistry. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology from EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany. She has over 21 years of lecturing experience in science subjects. In IT Tralee she has taught a variety of courses including Forensic Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Biochemistry, Ecology and Conservation Science. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects in the area of field biology, agriculture and parasitology.


Geraldine has experience in coordinating community projects that bring students from ITT and local members of the community together to solve local problems in the areas of ecology and conservation. She has lectured and demonstrated for science taster programmes in the IT Tralee laboratories for transition year students and was involved in the setting up and judging of the first Sci-Fest for County Kerry.

Dr. Antoinette O'Grady

Former Cell EXPLORERS MTU Kerry Coordinator


School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Institute of Technology Tralee

Antoinette is a Chemistry lecturer at IT Tralee in the School of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she teaches students in Wildlife Biology and Agricultural Sciences courses in addition to Biological and Pharmaceutical science students. She has a Masters in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from UCC and got her PhD in Physical Chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast.


Prior to joining IT Tralee, Antoinette worked in industry as a sales manager and an application specialist, where she trained and supported researchers in using the product. She is excited about the benefits that having a Cell EXPLORERS team in IT Tralee will bring to her students. 

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