Zone Archive

There’s links here to all the scientists in all the zones we’ve run since November 2012.

Each column can be reordered (click on the title). Or you can always use CTRL-F to search for a particular scientist, topic or zone.

Name About me and my work Zone name Date
Arlene O'NeillI make nanosheets that are a 100,000 smaller than a single strand of hairSpace ZoneNovember 2012
Naomi ElsterI grow cancer cells in the lab and collect tumours from patients so that I can study them and find better ways to treat cancer.Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Tim DowningI work on discovering mutations linked to drug resistance in flesh-eating parasites.Health ZoneNovember 2012
Kevin LomasneyI am interested in finding out if certain bacteria can be used as medicine to help your bowels when you’re suffering from the runs or whether nothing is moving at all!! Health ZoneNovember 2012
Kate TwomeyI eavesdrop on deadly bugs that live in the lungs of people with a disease called cystic fibrosis….the bugs “chat” to one another in the lungs and it’s my job to shut them up!!Health ZoneNovember 2012
Jean BourkeI’m a carbohydrate chemist and I make sugars no one has ever made before and, with biologists, try and find out what effect they have on our cellsHealth ZoneNovember 2012
Shane BerginI’m a nanoscientist – harnessing the super-dooper from the nitty-gritty!Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Enda O'ConnellI use a robot called Janus to work with other scientists trying to find cures for different types of cancer and other diseases.Health ZoneNovember 2012
Eileen DiskinI use samples from flamingo bums to find links between environmental and human health – because polluted environments can cause serious diseases for people!Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Andrew JacksonI study why animals are different shapes and why they do different things. I am particularly interested in how animals that live in social groups resolve fights and cooperate to solve challenges like finding food and avoiding being eaten.Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Aggelos ZacharopoulosI research and teach Renewable Energy and Energy in Buildings at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. In my work I am looking for smart ways to generate electricity and heat from the sunlight and also design intelligent buildings that are cheaper to run and better to live in than traditional ones.Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Paul HigginsI am trying to find out: How do magnetic fields on the Sun lead to explosions of hot gas and radiation that endanger satellites and astronauts on space-walk?Space ZoneNovember 2012
Eugene HickeyI lecture to undergraduate students and I work as part of a research group that looks for new planets around distant stars.Space ZoneNovember 2012
David McKeownI work on ways of moving spacecraft around in space. It is all lasers and rockets *pew* *pew*Space ZoneNovember 2012
Colin JohnstonI talk about space and other cool stuff.Space ZoneNovember 2012
Sinead CullenMy work involves making new biological tests to try diagnose one of the worlds biggest killers, heart disease.Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Karen McCarthyMy work is all about about tiny compartments inside bacteria, which work like little factories – meaning there’s huge potential!Helium ZoneNovember 2013
Angela StevensonI use robots to collect and observe sea urchins that live in deep-sea coral reefs (1500m below the ocean’s surface!) so that we can better understand, manage, and conserve these vulnerable habitatsHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Sive FinlayI study weird mammals from Madagascar called tenrecs which look like shrews and hedgehogs but are actually more closely related to elephants!Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Michael NolanUsing large computers we simulate the properties of new, as yet unknown materials, to predict if they can be used in the production of hydrogen or other fuels.Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Emma CahillI am one of the many neuroscientists trying to figure out how addictive drugs, like cocaine, change people’s behaviour and in the long term can cause addiction.Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Ciara KeaneI look at the fight between immune cells & infectious diseasesLithium ZoneNovember 2013
Cathal CumminsI am an applied mathematician and I solve all sorts of physics problems using maths.Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Eoin O ColgainI work on supergravity theories, essentially attempts to unify gravity with other forces. Space ZoneNovember 2013
Jessamyn FairfieldI’m a nanoscientist, so I take nanomaterials and apply light and electric fields to see what happens.Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Eleanor HolmesI make and test electronic devices built from graphene to probe the properties of this century’s “Wonder Material”Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Christian WirtzI build nanostructures from atoms and molecules… kind of like using LEGO, but even the finished products are smaller than a virus. Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Adam MurphyI’m a Ph.D. student in DCU using lasers to make very tiny shapes with silver that can be used to detect diseaseNanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Stephen ScullyDevelopment of new telescopes for the European Space AgencySpace ZoneNovember 2013
Lauren Mc KeownI am a first year astrophysics PhD student in Trinity College and I am investigating the magnetic structure of the atmospheres of cool giant stars.Space ZoneNovember 2013
Joseph RocheI love science and I love talking. I think I might have found my perfect job because I spend most of my time talking about science 🙂Space ZoneNovember 2013
Shane Mc Guinness I work with some of the most endangered species on the planet and investigate how they can come into conflict with farming communities living near their habitats.Helium ZoneNovember 2013
colm brackenI am in my final year as a PhD student at N.U.I. Maynooth, researching new simulation methods for instruments for far-infrared astronomy.Space ZoneNovember 2013
Maria McNamaraHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Gabriele De ChiaraSchroedinger’s cat, quantum teleportation and other weird things of the quantum universeHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Tríona O'ConnellI study the sugars on the surface cells and how they change as a cell diesBeryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Ahmed OsmanPhD Student, in Green Chemistry. I am working in the area of production of (New) and (Environment Friend) fuelSustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Michel DugonI have the most exciting job in the world: I study how venomous animals such as snakes, scorpions, spiders or centipedes have developed their venom glands, their fangs and stingers and how they inject toxins (venom) into their preyEvolution ZoneNovember 2014
Kevin HealyI try to figure out what makes predators so good at catching their dinner and what makes prey good at avoiding becoming dinner.Evolution ZoneNovember 2014
Chloe KinsellaI am investigating if climate change will affect the plants and animals that live along Irelands coastlines. Evolution ZoneNovember 2014
Anthea LacchiaI hunt extinct squid-like creatures preserved in rocks and give them funny-sounding Latin names. Evolution ZoneNovember 2014
Shikha SharmaThe aim of my work is to help save lives by developing a blood test device for cancer detection that will help us to catch it early, when treatment is more likely to be successful.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
James SullivanA mixture of research, teaching and school administration. Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
George DowsonI’m a chemist working on ways to make our future fuels more environmentally friendly and sustainable.Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Francesca ParadisiThe world of extremophilic organisms is fascinating, they can help solving some of our industrial problems without much effort!Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Nitheen KaperiDesigning molecules towards a smarter tomorrow.Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Sean KellyI study birds on tropical islands in Indonesia, trying to learn more about how birds evolve into new and different formsEvolution ZoneNovember 2014
Eoin CarleyI study explosions in the sun’s atmosphere and how these affect technology at Earth.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Lydia BachI am catching, collecting, counting and dissecting fish, crabs, worms & other crawly creatures, to study food webs in seashores across the UK.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Kevin MotherwayMaking sure that people operating mines, power stations, pharmaceutical plants, landfill and factories can all make our day to day lives better, but without the environment and future generations paying the price! Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
John WengerI teach chemistry at university and also do research on air pollution and climate change.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Colin JohnstonI explain the amazing worlds of astronomy and space sciences to everyone and anyone.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Áine BroderickI look at indoor air quality before and after people make their house warmer.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Ciarán O'BrienI look at the bacteria that grow in your gut (mostly by rooting through someone’s poop, yay!), and how they can affect your physical and mental health.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Victoria SimmsAs a developmental psychologist I carry out experiments to work how kids think and learn.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Pierre CasaubielhI am helping in developing lectures for online learning to facilitate students and companies around the world having access to knowledgeNitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Uday BangavadiThe invisible Light which makes you see the world.Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Sinead BalgobinI’m trying to make new reactions, so that we have new (hopefully better) ways of making medicines.Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Irene ReganI am a Medical Scientist (Laboratory Haematologist- that’s a very big word!!!), I look at blood! I also lecture and I am President of the professional body for Medical and Clinical Scientists in Ireland- I get to wear a big chain sometimes, a bit like a Lord Mayor!!Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Anne MooreMy passion is to make vaccines that work and prevent children getting sick or dying from infectious diseases. Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Florence McCarthyWe make new heterocycles to arrest cell cycles with the ultimate aim of developing drugs to treat diseases where the cell cycle is out of kilter.Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Mark CollinsI work in Pharmaceuticals, from early stage development to advanced clinical trials!Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Neil DayI ensure that we have enough manufacturing knowledge about how medicines or synthesised and formulated Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Aisling KerrI fire lasers at nanosized particles to see how they reactNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Chloe HuseyinBacteria aren’t the only things that live in your gut! I work on some of the other stuff. Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Ricardo SeguradoI use maths to work out how things make you healthy or give you diseasesNitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Anil JainI build new and very fast electrical circuits using tiny transistors (which are invisible to human eyes) to increase the speed of internet (a very small part of it anyways).Nanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Leona Mc GirrNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Ruth HamillWorking on ways to make meat and meat products healthier and tastierFood Science ZoneNovember 2015
John GleesonI’m trying to make a pill from compounds from in milk, chicken and fish to help prevent heart attacks!Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Emma FeeneyOne of the things I do is looking at cheese intake, and how it impacts our nutrition and our health. I’m interested in how people taste things as wellFood Science ZoneNovember 2015
Dilip RaiStructure-Function of health benefitting molecules in our food.Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Micki MitchellI diagnose diseases using lazer lightNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Andrew QuigleyFinding the amount of vitamins and fatty acids in milk using analytical chemistry Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Claire O'ConnellI make tiny glass cases for luminescent dyes that attach to rare cells in blood to make them easier to find.Nanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Mike WhitfieldThese days I use data to help the scientific journal I work for find more readers, but before that I used computer models to predict how farming in Ireland might affect the environment, and climate change.Smart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Catherine KeenaFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Annette NeillI keep track of the quality of the Laboratory service and the small hand held devices that the Medical staff useSmart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Dave ConcannonCreating Real-time data visualisations to help deliver HIV care in rural South AfricaSmart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Jaine BlayneyI uncover new patterns and trends in big data to help understand why some patients respond well to treatment, yet others don’t.Smart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Julio GutierrezI use very big computers to undertand how materials work and to desing new materials for future applications.Smart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Dara StanleyFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Gavin ColemanI try to understand the types of interactions between nanoparticles and the environment, and am developing a technique to detect their benefits and dangers.Oxygen ZoneNovember 2016
Laura DevaneyFarming ZoneNovember 2016
KarenOxygen ZoneNovember 2016
Ronan ByrneFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Alan MatthewsFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Erin Jo TiedekenFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Mark KennedyI work on Cataclysmic Variables, which are systems that have 2 stars in them, and every now and again, they explode!Oxygen ZoneNovember 2016
Caitriona MaherFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Michel DestradeI try to model, describe and predict the mechanical behaviour of soft solids such as gels and soft tissues, including the skin and the brain.Oxygen ZoneNovember 2016
Roisin JonesI work in Impurity Profiling, which basically means seeing if you can track how criminals are making illegal drugs by looking at the by-products that are formed while making them.Oxygen ZoneNovember 2016
Shannon FullbrookLooking at the smaller pictureDiagnosis ZoneNovember 2017
Sarah GuerinMaking crystals from amino acids (building blocks of biology) and pressing them to generate electricity.Fluorine ZoneNovember 2017
Kieran FraserCreating a personal butler to handle all the incoming notifications, emails and messages on my phone so I don't have to!Fluorine ZoneNovember 2017
Kathryn SchoenrockMarine botanist (seaweed enthusiast) and bipolar scientist.Fluorine ZoneNovember 2017
Joanne DuffyI force bacteria to make glue by stealing genes from barnacles, and inserting them into bacteria.Fluorine ZoneNovember 2017
Chris WernerI work with past climate datasets, and manipulate them using coding languages so industry and other scientists can use them and make decisionsFluorine ZoneNovember 2017
Emma HanleyIn my PhD project I am trying to figure out what will Ireland's energy system look like in the future. Using a computer model I create different scenarios into the future. My PhD project is part of a wider project with different Universities (Queen's University in Belfast, University College Cork and North Carolina State University in the USA). For example if I compare a scenario where our energy system doesn't change too much from what it is now and compare this to a scenario in which we use a lot of renewable energy, so energy from things like solar panels, bioenergy from plants and wind turbines instead of fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel for transport or coal for making electricity it would give us two very different futures. My goal in particular is to find what is the role of electricity for things like heating our homes and business or powering our cars and what are the different challenges to what we call low-carbon energy futures.Energy ZoneNovember 2017
Karla DussanFinding better and new ways to use organic wastes and biomass to produce energy and chemicals. From the electricity we use at home, to the gasoline for our cars, with lots of possibilities in between.Energy ZoneNovember 2017
Shane McdonaghI am a researcher in renewable energy at the Environmental Research Institute in University College Cork. My work is about a new way of storing energy so that we can use more renewable energy like wind turbines and solar panels than ever before. I try to answer questions like how expensive will it be, where is the best place to build it, and new ideas to make it more effective.Energy ZoneNovember 2017
Katie BensonI am a geneticist; a gene detective!Diagnosis ZoneNovember 2017
Matthew FloodBiomedical Engineering PhD StudentDiagnosis ZoneNovember 2017
Ciara O' DonovanLooking at the gut microbes in athletes.Food ZoneNovember 2017
Yang LiBurn different fuelsEnergy ZoneNovember 2017
Hugh J. ByrneIrish Scientist, originally trained in physics, now working a lot in areas of nanoparticle cell interactions, and biomedical applications of spectroscopyDiagnosis ZoneNovember 2017
Stephen RhatiganI try to develop new materials which can convert solar energy into fuel. To do this I use computer simulations which run on giant supercomputers. With these simulations I can see what is happening at the atomic scale.Energy ZoneNovember 2017
Yvonne LenighanI am investigating if grass-fed beef is healthier than grain-fed beefFood ZoneNovember 2017
Ioannis ZabetakisFood Chemistry; Biochemistry and NutritionFood ZoneNovember 2017
Gonzalo Delgado-PandoFood science. Specifically meat scienceFood ZoneNovember 2017
Golnaz EzzatiResearcher and a PhD student in cleaning soil and water from (agricultural) wastesFood ZoneNovember 2017
Elaine KennedyI'm a research nutritionist investigating if milk proteins can help people control their blood sugar levels which is really important for people with diabetes.Food ZoneNovember 2017
James BrownI work on understanding and maybe one day treating breast cancer.Diagnosis ZoneNovember 2017