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

2020- Deirdre Ní Chonchubhair. Deirdre has just started her Ph.D. studies based around the study of stellar ‘magnetospheres’ specifically by detecting and tracing the coherent radio emission produced by auroral processes which have been previously observed in the magnetospheres of planets in our solar system, and also above a small number of brown dwarfs.
2020- Dr. Dúalta Ó Fionnagáin. Dúalta was awarded a 2 year Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship to come to Galway and work on the detection of electrostatic discharges - lightning - in planetary atmospheres via radio observations using facilities such as the Owens Valley Long Wavelength Array and LOFAR. Dúalta completed a Ph.D. on the ‘Evolution of the winds of solar-type stars and their effects on orbiting planets’ in TCD under the supervision of Prof. Aline Vidotto earlier this year.
2020- Eamon McAndrew. Eamon, a recent graduate of the School’s M.Sc. in Biomedical Genomics, is working as a Research Assistant as part our HRB funded project ‘Expediting the diagnosis of COVID-19 in a clinical setting using AI enabled analysis of CT scans’, where he is taking the lead in the development of novel AI methodologies to expedite radiomic analysis of COVID-19 lesions in pulmonary CT scans.
2019- Dr. Michael Geever Dr. Michael (‘Mick’) Geever is a postdoctoral fellow funded by Science Foundation Ireland (19/FIP/AI/7515: Tracking Adaptation Progress in Agriculture and Food Security Using an AI-powered Satellite Remote Sensing Platform - TAPAS) working on a probabilistic and systems dynamics study of remotely-sensed vegetative indices obtained from NASA, ESA and commercial earth observation programmes, with the goal of using it to identify signatures of adaptation to climate change at specific geographical locations.
2019 Sumaira Malik Sumaira is a Hardiman Scholar working on a Ph.D. thesis based around the study of the activity of human endogenous retrovirus long terminal repeats (HERV LTRs) associated lncRNAs in cancers, and their potential contribution to the efficacy of immunotherapeutic based treatments.
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

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) ———————-