Me & the I-LOFAR radiotelescope

I’m an Astronomer and a Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics in NUI Galway. I teach courses on data science methodologies, computing, applied statistics and radiobiology to both undergraduates and postgraduate students in the College of Science and Engineering. I’m an active member of the University’s Centre for Astronomy, and am affiliated with the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium.

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 & in Mathematical Sciences at Yeshiva University.

I have always been very much an interdisciplinary researcher, working in data-rich areas such as genomics, earth observation and radiomics, with a particular interest in the application of new analytical & artificial intellgence based methods to study the world around us. All this work is inspired by my on-going astronomical research, which currently involves the use of radio telescopes, such as I-LOFAR. Ireland’s only professional astronomical observatory is located on the grounds of Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, not far from what was once the world’s largest optical telescope from 1845 to 1917, the Leviathan of Parsonstown. It’s well worth a visit!