I am originally from Ireland and did my undergraduate at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Following this I went to Imperial College London to do an MSc. in Modern Epidemiology. I completed my DPhil in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford in 2010 and was a member of Hertford College. The focus of my thesis was determining the diversity and spatio-temporal distribution of Neisseria meningitidis genotypes in a representative collection of disease samples from all over Europe. One output of the project was the design of a cocktail vaccine recipe based on the most prevalent antigen types found in the collection. These in turn give the greatest potential disease coverage. I am currently a post-doc in the group continuing this work along with further molecular epidemiology and analysis of antigen diversity on whole genome data including collaborations with the Irish meningococcal reference lab in Dublin. Outside of the lab I am involved in science outreach activity through the local branch of the British Science Association where we run free monthly informal science talks for the general public called Scibar. I am also a Research Member of Kellogg College Common Room and College Advisor and a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. One of my big hobbies is walking and have been a member of University Walking Club for a number of years. This involves being on the committee, organising, leading and driving on trips all over the UK!
Genomics, Molecular Epidemiology, Population Biology, Molecular Typing, Genetics, Infectious Disease
Kellogg College: http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/
Oxford Scibar: http://www.oxfordscibar.com/
Oxford University Walking Club: http://www.ouwc.org/