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 Institute About me and my work Zone name Date
Arlene O'Neill<p>Prof. Jonathan Coleman</p> I make nanosheets that are a 100,000 smaller than a single strand of hairSpace ZoneNovember 2012
Naomi Elster<p>Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (RCSI)</p> I 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 Downing<p>NUI Galway</p> I work on discovering mutations linked to drug resistance in flesh-eating parasites.Health ZoneNovember 2012
Kevin Lomasney<p>Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre and Department of Pharmacology, University College Cork.</p> I 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
Jean Bourke<p>Trinity College Dublin Chemistry Department</p> I’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
Enda O'Connell<p>NUI Galway</p> I 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
Shane Bergin<p>Trinity College (which means the state (which means the tax-payer))</p> I’m a nanoscientist – harnessing the super-dooper from the nitty-gritty!Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Kate Twomey<p>University College Cork. </p> I 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
Eileen Diskin<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> I 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
Aggelos Zacharopoulos<p>University of Ulster</p> I 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 Higgins<p>Astrophysics Research Group / Trinity College Dublin. Most of my funding comes from the European Space Agency and European Union.</p> I 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 McKeown<p>University College Dublin</p> I work on ways of moving spacecraft around in space. It is all lasers and rockets *pew* *pew*Space ZoneNovember 2012
Colin Johnston<p>Armagh Planetarium</p> I talk about space and other cool stuff.Space ZoneNovember 2012
Andrew Jackson<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> I 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
Karen McCarthy<p>University College Cork</p> My work is all about about tiny compartments inside bacteria, which work like little factories – meaning there’s huge potential!Helium ZoneNovember 2013
Sinead Cullen<p>Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, DCU and CRANN, TCD</p> My work involves making new biological tests to try diagnose one of the worlds biggest killers, heart disease.Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Shane Mc Guinness<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> 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
Maria McNamaraHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Michael Nolan<p>Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork</p> Using 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
Gabriele De Chiara<p>Queen’s University Belfast</p> Schroedinger’s cat, quantum teleportation and other weird things of the quantum universeHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Angela Stevenson<p>Trinity College Dublin </p> I 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 Finlay<p>The Zoology Department in Trinity College. My PhD research is funded by a scholarship from the Irish Research Council</p> I study weird mammals from Madagascar called tenrecs which look like shrews and hedgehogs but are actually more closely related to elephants!Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Emma Cahill<p>Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI University</p> I 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
Eleanor Holmes<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> I make and test electronic devices built from graphene to probe the properties of this century’s “Wonder Material”Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Jessamyn Fairfield<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> I’m a nanoscientist, so I take nanomaterials and apply light and electric fields to see what happens.Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Ciara Keane<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> I look at the fight between immune cells & infectious diseasesLithium ZoneNovember 2013
Christian Wirtz<p>Officially I am not employed as I am a student. Realistically I get a stipend (pay) by the School of Chemistry and CRANN in Trinity College. </p> I 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 Murphy<p>Dublin City University</p> I’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 Scully<p>NUI Maynooth</p> Development 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 Roche<p>Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin</p> I 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
Eoin O Colgain<p>Oviedo University, Asturias, Spain</p> I work on supergravity theories, essentially attempts to unify gravity with other forces. Space ZoneNovember 2013
colm bracken<p>N.U.I. Maynooth and European Space Agency (ESA).</p> I 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
Cathal Cummins<p>University of Limerick</p> I am an applied mathematician and I solve all sorts of physics problems using maths.Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Shikha Sharma<p>Dublin City University</p> The 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 Sullivan<p>UCD</p> A mixture of research, teaching and school administration. Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
George Dowson<p>University of Sheffield, Peter Styring</p> I’m a chemist working on ways to make our future fuels more environmentally friendly and sustainable.Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Francesca Paradisi<p>UCD</p> The world of extremophilic organisms is fascinating, they can help solving some of our industrial problems without much effort!Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Ahmed Osman<p>professor David Rooney & Dr.Jillian Thompson</p> PhD Student, in Green Chemistry. I am working in the area of production of (New) and (Environment Friend) fuelSustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Nitheen Kaperi<p>Prof.Sylvia Draper, School of Chemistry,Trinity College Dublin</p> Designing molecules towards a smarter tomorrow.Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Tríona O'Connell<p>Dublin City University</p> I study the sugars on the surface cells and how they change as a cell diesBeryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Anthea Lacchia<p>Trinity College Dublin</p> I hunt extinct squid-like creatures preserved in rocks and give them funny-sounding Latin names. Evolution ZoneNovember 2014
Sean Kelly<p>Trinity College Dublin fund my research</p> I study birds on tropical islands in Indonesia, trying to learn more about how birds evolve into new and different formsEvolution ZoneNovember 2014
Kevin Motherway<p>Environmental Protection Agency </p> Making 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 Wenger<p>University College Cork</p> I teach chemistry at university and also do research on air pollution and climate change.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Colin Johnston<p>Armagh Planetarium</p> I explain the amazing worlds of astronomy and space sciences to everyone and anyone.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Áine Broderick<p>National University of Ireland, Galway but I am funded by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland</p> I look at indoor air quality before and after people make their house warmer.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Victoria Simms<p>University of Ulster</p> As a developmental psychologist I carry out experiments to work how kids think and learn.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Lydia Bach<p>Queen’s University Belfast</p> I am catching, collecting, counting and dissecting fish, crabs, worms & other crawly creatures, to study food webs in seashores across the UK.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Eoin Carley<p>Paris Observatory</p> I study explosions in the sun’s atmosphere and how these affect technology at Earth.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Ciarán O'Brien<p>University College Cork. Specifically, a Science Foundation Ireland grant from the Alimentary & Pharmabiotic Centre of UCC.</p> I 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
Chloe Kinsella<p>University College Dublin</p> I am investigating if climate change will affect the plants and animals that live along Irelands coastlines. Evolution 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
Michel Dugon<p>National University of Ireland Galway</p> I 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
Micki Mitchell<p>Tyndall /UCC </p> I diagnose diseases using lazer lightNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Anne Moore<p>UCC</p> My passion is to make vaccines that work and prevent children getting sick or dying from infectious diseases. Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Florence McCarthy<p>University College Cork</p> We 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 Collins<p>Almac Group</p> I work in Pharmaceuticals, from early stage development to advanced clinical trials!Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Neil Day<p>I work with Genzyme, A Sanofi Company</p> I ensure that we have enough manufacturing knowledge about how medicines or synthesised and formulated Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Leona Mc Girr<p>Queen’s University</p> Nanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Sinead Balgobin<p>The University of Manchester</p> I’m trying to make new reactions, so that we have new (hopefully better) ways of making medicines.Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Aisling Kerr<p>UCD</p> I fire lasers at nanosized particles to see how they reactNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Chloe Huseyin<p>APC Microbiome Institute, UCC </p> Bacteria aren’t the only things that live in your gut! I work on some of the other stuff. Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Claire O'Connell<p>School of Physics, Dublin City University.</p> I make tiny glass cases for luminescent dyes that attach to rare cells in blood to make them easier to find.Nanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Anil Jain<p>Tyndall National Institute, Cork</p> I 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
Andrew Quigley<p>Waterford Institute of Technology</p> Finding the amount of vitamins and fatty acids in milk using analytical chemistry Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Dilip Rai<p>Teagasc – Irish Food and Development Authority</p> Structure-Function of health benefitting molecules in our food.Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Emma Feeney<p>UCD (University College Dublin)</p> One 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
John Gleeson<p>University College Dublin </p> I’m trying to make a pill from compounds from in milk, chicken and fish to help prevent heart attacks!Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Ruth Hamill<p>Teagasc</p> Working on ways to make meat and meat products healthier and tastierFood Science ZoneNovember 2015
Uday Bangavadi<p>Cork Institute of Technology</p> The invisible Light which makes you see the world.Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Ricardo Segurado<p>University College Dublin (School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science)</p> I use maths to work out how things make you healthy or give you diseasesNitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Pierre Casaubielh<p>MaREI – UCC (Beaufort facilities),</p> I am helping in developing lectures for online learning to facilitate students and companies around the world having access to knowledgeNitrogen ZoneNovember 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
Julio Gutierrez<p>Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork</p> I use very big computers to undertand how materials work and to desing new materials for future applications.Smart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Alan MatthewsFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Roisin Jones<p>University College Cork</p> I 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
Jaine Blayney<p>Queen’s University Belfast</p> I 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
Michel Destrade<p>NUI Galway</p> I 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
Mark Kennedy<p>University College Cork/ Naughton Foundation</p> I work on Cataclysmic Variables, which are systems that have 2 stars in them, and every now and again, they explode!Oxygen ZoneNovember 2016
KarenOxygen ZoneNovember 2016
Gavin Coleman<p>Centre for BioNano Interactions, UCD</p> I 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
Ronan ByrneFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Laura DevaneyFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Erin Jo TiedekenFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Dara StanleyFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Catherine KeenaFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Mike Whitfield<p>The New Phytologist Trust</p> These 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
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 Concannon<p>University College London</p> Creating Real-time data visualisations to help deliver HIV care in rural South AfricaSmart Data ZoneNovember 2016
Caitriona MaherFarming ZoneNovember 2016