Over the years I have been very fortunate to have worked - and be working still - with many incredibly talented people, both in Ireland, and in the US, ranging from secondary school students to newly minted PhD graduates. I am very happy to acknowledge one and all for being more often than not the driving impetus for the research work I have been lucky to be associated with.

Current collaborators/colleagues

2019- Dr. Michael Geever Dr. Michael (‘Mick’) Geever is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (2018-W-DS-33: GRACE Monitoring of Groundwater over Ireland) working on the problem of downscaling gravitational anomaly data obtained from NASA’s GRACE/GRACE-FO mission to spatial scales suitable for inferring groundwater changes in Ireland.
2015- Salam Dulaimi Sal is completing a Ph.D. on the study of periodic modulations in the optical emission from several nearby ultracool dwarfs, in both isolated and binary systems, using the Galway Ultra Fast Imager (GUFI) we have had installed at the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope at the Mount Graham Observatory, in Arizona. Sal’s co-supervisor is Dr. Ray Butler, School of Physics.
2019- Parisa Taheri Parisa has just started a Ph.D. on the use of machine learning algorithms applied to radiomic data (CT & MRI scans) obtained from patients suffering from oesophageal cancer, with the goal of developing methods to identify staging and predict likely outcomes from the image data. Parisa’s co-supervisor is Dr. Cristoph Kleefeld, School of Physics. & Galway University Hospital Radiotherapy
2018- Hien Thi Thu Trinh Hien is at the early stages of her Ph.D. studying the properties of nucleosome positioning in the formation and maintenance of chromatin, and is currently analysing a NGS-SELEX study of nucleosome sequence bias and conservation across three evolutonary distinct model organisms. Hien’s co-supervisor is Dr. Andrew Flaus, School of Natural Sciences.

Previous collaborators/colleagues

Postdoctoral Associates
2012-2016 Dr. David Rhee David developed the systems biology gateway http://toxomine.org for the pathogen Toxoplasma gondii, working with our collaborators Prof. Kami Kim (Einstein) and Dr. Gos Micklem (Univ. of Cambridge); David also coordinated the curation of genomics data products for the International Brain & Behavior consortium (http://22q11-ibbc.org). Senior Data Engineer, Murmuration, 379 West Broadway New York NY
2008-2010 Dr. Gregg Hallinan Gregg coordinated the multiwavelength observation & analysis of several nearby radio active brown dwarfs, and was awarded a Jansky Fellowship by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in 2010, where he worked with Prof. Gibor Basri at UC Berkeley, where I spent part of my own PhD. Professor & Director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory, Department of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Graduate Students
2016 Kevin Shieh, M.D., Ph.D. “Computational Studies of De Novo Motif Discovery in Aptamer Selections” (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University) Resident in Internal Medicine, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Pilib Ó Broin, Ph.D. “Machine Learning and High-Performance Computing: Infrastructure and Algorithms for the Genome-Scale Study of Genetic and Epigenetic Regulatory Mechanisms With Applications in Neuroscience”. Co-supervised with Prof. T. Smith (NUI Galway) Lecturer in Biomedical Genomics, School of Mathematics, Statistics & Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway
2012 Paul Geeleher, Ph.D. “Analysis of Gene Regulation using High Throughput Genomics”. Co-supervised with Prof. C. Seoighe (NUI Galway) Assistant Professor, St. Jude’s Hospital for Sick Children, Memphis, TN
2012 Leon Karl Harding, Ph.D. “The Optical Signatures of Magnetospheric Phenomena at the End of the Main Sequence and Beyond”. Co-supervised with Dr. R. Butler (NUI Galway) Research Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, VA
2012 Stephen Bourke, Ph.D. “High Resolution Astronomical Imaging using Radio Interferometry” (NUI Galway) Senior Research Engineer, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden
2011 Alan Fergus, Ph.D. “Computational Simulation of Boundary Layer Tracer Suspension & Dynamics”. Co-supervised with Dr. M. Byrne Senior Software Engineer, Ericcson Ireland Ltd., Athlone, Ireland
2009 Gregg Hallinan, Ph.D. “Radio Transient Emission from Ultracool Dwarfs” (NUI Galway) Professor, Department of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
2008 Andrew McLellan, M.Sc., Ph.D. “Exploring Human Genome Repetitive Elements using Self Organising Maps” (NUI Galway) Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics & Genomic Sciences, The Mount Sinai Hospital, NY
2008 Paul Geeleher, M.Sc. “Design & Implementation of a Web-based Microarray Analysis System” (NUI Galway) see above
2008 Caoilfhionn Lane, Ph.D. “A Photometric Search for Magnetic Spots on Radio Transient Ultracool Dwarfs.” Co-supervised with Dr. R. Butler (NUI Galway) Postdoctoral Researcher, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Galway, Ireland
2007 James Mc Donald, Ph.D. “OpenDDA - A Novel High-Performance Computational Framework for the Discrete Dipole Approximation.” Co-supervised with Prof. S.G. Jennings (NUI Galway) Senior Software Engineer, Valeo Vision Systems, Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland
2005 Shaun Mahony, Ph.D. “Self Organizing Neural Networks for Biological Sequence Analysis”. Co-supervised with Prof. T. Smith (NUI Galway) Assistant Professor, Depart. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State University, PA
2004 Padraig O’Connor, Ph.D. “Inverse Mapping of Nonthermal Optical Emission from Neutron Stars”. Co-supervised with Prof. A. Shearer (NUI Galway) Project Manager, SQT Training, Plassey Tech. Park, Limerick, Ireland
Student Interns
2018 Jake McNeal Computer Engineering Senior, McGill University (InterMine Google Summer of Code Intern)
2015 Rachel Shapiro Mathematical Sciences Senior, Yeshiva University, NY ————————————————
2015 Nicholas Groszewski, Elec. Eng. & Computer Science Junior, Duke University, NC ——————-
2015 Jason Schwartz, Mathematics Senior, Rutgers University, NJ ————————————–
2014 Kundan Guha, Horace Mann Prep., Bronx, NY (Accepted to Columbia, Fall 2015) ———————–
2013 Kundan Guha, Horace Mann Prep., Bronx, NY ————————————————-
2012 Minyi Lee, Riverdale Country School, Bronx, NY (Accepted to MIT, Fall 2013) ———————-