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Student Speakers - 2021

Student Speakers 2019
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Fionn Ó Fearghail

Ph.D Student

Technological University


Fionn Ó Fearghail is a postgraduate researcher in TUD. His current research is the development and application of analytical techniques including for the detailed characterization of chitin and bio-active protein fractions produced by both chemical and biological treatment of commercial crab and shrimp waste streams. A major focus in this work is application of LC-MS metabolomics studies to determine the inflammatory effects from human consumption of the extracted bioactive products in order to indicate their potential for use in nutraceuticals and food supplements.

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Carla Harkin

Ph.D Student

Ulster University


Carla Harkin will complete her Ph.D in Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry from Ulster University, Coleraine in 2021. She received her two-year M.Sc. by Research in LYIT in 2014 as part of a larger global project. She then worked as a Research Assistant and Microbiology Technician before taking up employment as a QC Analyst at Randox Teoranta where she was offered a place in the Randox-Ulster University-Industrial PhD Academy. Her current research area focuses on the identification of potential biomarkers for diabetic kidney disease using mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) among other platforms. 

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Merissa Cullen

PhD Researcher 


NUI Maynooth

Merissa obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences in 2018 and is currently pursuing a PhD at Maynooth University. Her research uses mass spectrometry-based proteomics to gain novel insights into how non-insecticidal pesticides affect bumblebees. Her research is carried out as part of the PROTECTS project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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Emma Leacy

Ph.D Student 

Trinity College


I am currently a Ph.D Student in the Department of Clinical Medicine at TCD. I'm based in the Translational Medicine Institute where my research is supervised by Prof. Mark Little and Dr.Gareth Brady. I aim to uncover the metabolomic changes in monocytes in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (AAV) using LCMS.

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