Me & I-LOFAR, August 2019

I’m a Lecturer in the School of Maths at NUI Galway, where 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 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 Mathematical Sciences at Yeshiva University, and in Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

I have always been very much an interdisciplinary researcher, working in areas as diverse from genomics to earth observation science, but nearly all of my work is inspired by my on-going astronomical research, which is really what I love to do best. I started using radio telescopes almost as soon as I finished my Ph.D., and came back home to Ireland just in time to use our very own national radio telescope facility, I-LOFAR located on the grounds of Birr Castle in County Offaly. It’s definitely worth a visit…