Me & the I-LOFAR radiotelescope

I’m a Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, a member of the School’s Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Research Cluster and a PI in the Ryan Institute. I teach courses on data science methodologies, computing and applied statistics to both undergraduates and postgraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering. I am actively involved in both our School’s highly successful M.Sc. in Biomedical Genomics/Computational Genomics programmes, as well as the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences.

I trained as a physicist (B.A. from Trinity College Dublin, M.Sc. from Queens University Belfast) and completed a Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 1999 on pulsars here at NUI Galway. I’ve been on the faculty here since then, apart from a break between 2011-2016 based in New York City where I was an Associate Professor in Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

I have always been very much an interdisciplinary researcher, working in data-rich areas as diverse from genomics to earth observation science, but nearly all of my work is inspired by my on-going astronomical research, which currently involves the use of radio telescopes, such as I-LOFAR. I’ve lead diverse teams working on projects covering topics in the earth observation, astronomical and biomedical sciences, with funding support from Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency and most recently, the Health Research Board. Whilst in the US my research was supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.