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'NeillProf. Jonathan ColemanI make nanosheets that are a 100,000 smaller than a single strand of hairSpace ZoneNovember 2012
Naomi ElsterRoyal College of Surgeons, Ireland (RCSI)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 DowningNUI GalwayI work on discovering mutations linked to drug resistance in flesh-eating parasites.Health ZoneNovember 2012
Kevin LomasneyAlimentary Pharmabiotic Centre and Department of Pharmacology, University College Cork.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
Kate TwomeyUniversity College Cork. 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
Jean BourkeTrinity College Dublin Chemistry DepartmentI’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 BerginTrinity College (which means the state (which means the tax-payer))I’m a nanoscientist – harnessing the super-dooper from the nitty-gritty!Hydrogen ZoneNovember 2012
Enda O'ConnellNUI GalwayI 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 DiskinTrinity College DublinI 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 JacksonTrinity College DublinI 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 ZacharopoulosUniversity of UlsterI 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 HigginsAstrophysics Research Group / Trinity College Dublin. Most of my funding comes from the European Space Agency and European Union.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 McKeownUniversity College DublinI work on ways of moving spacecraft around in space. It is all lasers and rockets *pew* *pew*Space ZoneNovember 2012
Colin JohnstonArmagh PlanetariumI talk about space and other cool stuff.Space ZoneNovember 2012
Jessamyn FairfieldTrinity College DublinI’m a nanoscientist, so I take nanomaterials and apply light and electric fields to see what happens.Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Angela StevensonTrinity College Dublin 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 FinlayThe Zoology Department in Trinity College. My PhD research is funded by a scholarship from the Irish Research CouncilI 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 NolanTyndall National Institute, University College CorkUsing 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 CahillUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI UniversityI 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 KeaneTrinity College DublinI look at the fight between immune cells & infectious diseasesLithium ZoneNovember 2013
Sinead CullenBiomedical Diagnostics Institute, DCU and CRANN, TCDMy work involves making new biological tests to try diagnose one of the worlds biggest killers, heart disease.Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
colm brackenN.U.I. Maynooth and European Space Agency (ESA).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
Eleanor HolmesTrinity College DublinI make and test electronic devices built from graphene to probe the properties of this century’s “Wonder Material”Nanotechnology ZoneNovember 2013
Christian WirtzOfficially 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. 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 MurphyDublin City UniversityI’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 ScullyNUI MaynoothDevelopment 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 RocheScience Gallery, Trinity College DublinI 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 ColgainOviedo University, Asturias, SpainI work on supergravity theories, essentially attempts to unify gravity with other forces. Space ZoneNovember 2013
Karen McCarthyUniversity College CorkMy work is all about about tiny compartments inside bacteria, which work like little factories – meaning there’s huge potential!Helium ZoneNovember 2013
Gabriele De ChiaraQueen’s University BelfastSchroedinger’s cat, quantum teleportation and other weird things of the quantum universeHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Cathal CumminsUniversity of LimerickI am an applied mathematician and I solve all sorts of physics problems using maths.Lithium ZoneNovember 2013
Maria McNamaraHelium ZoneNovember 2013
Shane Mc GuinnessTrinity College Dublin 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
Chloe KinsellaUniversity College DublinI 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 DugonNational University of Ireland GalwayI 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
Nitheen KaperiProf.Sylvia Draper, School of Chemistry,Trinity College DublinDesigning molecules towards a smarter tomorrow.Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
James SullivanUCDA mixture of research, teaching and school administration. Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
George DowsonUniversity of Sheffield, Peter StyringI’m a chemist working on ways to make our future fuels more environmentally friendly and sustainable.Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Francesca ParadisiUCDThe world of extremophilic organisms is fascinating, they can help solving some of our industrial problems without much effort!Sustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Ahmed Osmanprofessor David Rooney & Dr.Jillian ThompsonPhD Student, in Green Chemistry. I am working in the area of production of (New) and (Environment Friend) fuelSustainability ZoneNovember 2014
Sean KellyTrinity College Dublin fund my researchI study birds on tropical islands in Indonesia, trying to learn more about how birds evolve into new and different formsEvolution ZoneNovember 2014
Ciarán O'BrienUniversity College Cork. Specifically, a Science Foundation Ireland grant from the Alimentary & Pharmabiotic Centre of UCC.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
Eoin CarleyParis ObservatoryI study explosions in the sun’s atmosphere and how these affect technology at Earth.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Lydia BachQueen’s University BelfastI am catching, collecting, counting and dissecting fish, crabs, worms & other crawly creatures, to study food webs in seashores across the UK.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Victoria SimmsUniversity of UlsterAs a developmental psychologist I carry out experiments to work how kids think and learn.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Áine BroderickNational University of Ireland, Galway but I am funded by the Environmental Protection Agency of IrelandI look at indoor air quality before and after people make their house warmer.Boron ZoneNovember 2014
Colin JohnstonArmagh PlanetariumI explain the amazing worlds of astronomy and space sciences to everyone and anyone.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
John WengerUniversity College CorkI teach chemistry at university and also do research on air pollution and climate change.Beryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Kevin MotherwayEnvironmental Protection Agency 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
Anthea LacchiaTrinity College DublinI hunt extinct squid-like creatures preserved in rocks and give them funny-sounding Latin names. Evolution ZoneNovember 2014
Tríona O'ConnellDublin City UniversityI study the sugars on the surface cells and how they change as a cell diesBeryllium ZoneNovember 2014
Shikha SharmaDublin City UniversityThe 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
Pierre CasaubielhMaREI – UCC (Beaufort facilities), www.marei.ieI 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
Andrew QuigleyWaterford Institute of TechnologyFinding the amount of vitamins and fatty acids in milk using analytical chemistry Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Dilip RaiTeagasc – Irish Food and Development AuthorityStructure-Function of health benefitting molecules in our food.Food Science ZoneNovember 2015
Emma FeeneyUCD (University College Dublin)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 GleesonUniversity College Dublin 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 HamillTeagascWorking on ways to make meat and meat products healthier and tastierFood Science ZoneNovember 2015
Micki MitchellTyndall /UCC I diagnose diseases using lazer lightNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Sinead BalgobinThe University of ManchesterI’m trying to make new reactions, so that we have new (hopefully better) ways of making medicines.Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Neil DayI work with Genzyme, A Sanofi CompanyI ensure that we have enough manufacturing knowledge about how medicines or synthesised and formulated Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Mark CollinsAlmac GroupI work in Pharmaceuticals, from early stage development to advanced clinical trials!Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Florence McCarthyUniversity College CorkWe 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
Anne MooreUCCMy passion is to make vaccines that work and prevent children getting sick or dying from infectious diseases. Drug SynthesisNovember 2015
Leona Mc GirrQueen’s UniversityNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Claire O'ConnellSchool of Physics, Dublin City University.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 JainTyndall National Institute, CorkI 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
Aisling KerrUCDI fire lasers at nanosized particles to see how they reactNanoscience ZoneNovember 2015
Uday BangavadiCork Institute of TechnologyThe invisible Light which makes you see the world.Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Ricardo SeguradoUniversity College Dublin (School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science)I use maths to work out how things make you healthy or give you diseasesNitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Chloe HuseyinAPC Microbiome Institute, UCC Bacteria aren’t the only things that live in your gut! I work on some of the other stuff. Nitrogen ZoneNovember 2015
Caitriona MaherFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Catherine KeenaFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Dara StanleyFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Alan MatthewsFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Erin Jo TiedekenFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Laura DevaneyFarming ZoneNovember 2016
Ronan ByrneFarming ZoneNovember 2016