Group Members

We are always looking for new PhD students, Postdocs, and Master students to join the team (see openings) !


Aaron Golden

Lab PI

  • BA (Mod.) Experimental Physics, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Computational Science, Queens University Belfast
  • PhD Astrophysics, University College Galway
  • Visiting Astronomer, Observatoire de Paris
  • Visiting Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Dúalta Ó Fionnagáin

IRC Postdoc, started October 2021
Dúalta is studying space weather around other planets, and planetary electrostatic discharges.

  • BA (Mod.) Physics and Astrophysics, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Space Science & Technology, University College Dublin
  • PhD Astrophysics, Trinity College Dublin
  • IRC Govt. of Ireland Postdoc (2021-2023)

Michael Geever

Postdoc, started June 2019
Mick is working on applying AI & statistical analytics to earth observation data.

  • BSc Physics, University College Galway
  • PhD Atmospheric Physics, National University of Ireland Galway
  • EPA funded Postdoc (2019-2020)
  • SFI funded Postdoc (2020-2021)

Parisa Taheri Foroushani

PhD Student, started Oct 2019
Parisa is studying the radiomics/radiogenomics of lung cancer.

  • BSc Physics, Isfahan University of Technology
  • MSc Medical Physics, Tarbiat Modares University

Sumaira Malik

PhD Student, started Oct 2019
Sumaira is studying links between small ncRNAs and immunotherapeutic response in cancer.

  • BS Bioinformatics, Comsats University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • MSc Computational Science and Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Eamon McAndrew

Research Assistant, started August 2020
Eamon is working on the use of generative adversarial networks (GANs) in COVID radiology.

  • BSc Industrial Biochemistry, University of Limerick
  • MSc Biomedical Genomics, National University of Ireland Galway
  • HRB funded Research Assistant (2020-2021)

Deirdre Ní Chonchubhair

PhD Student, started Oct 2020
Deirdre is studying stellar magnetospheres using radio and optical observational data.

  • BSc Physics & Astrophysics, National University of Ireland Galway
  • MSc Astronomy, National University of Ireland Galway

Katie Pighini

MSc Student, started Sept 2021
Katie is studying the transient optical emission from nearby brown dwarfs.

  • BS Astrophysics & Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University, United States

Rob Ferguson

MSc Student, started Sept 2021
Rob is using nearby radio pulsars to study the interstellar and interplanetary medium using I-LOFAR.

  • BSc, Physics & Astronomy, National University of Ireland Galway

Bachelor Students & Interns

David O’Callaghan

Intern, Summer 2021.
David used the I-LOFAR telescope to study the radio emissio from a nearby pulsar.

Jemima O’Farrell

Final Year Project (School of Physics), 2021-2022.
Jemima is working on methods to analyse data from the Hale Telescope’s CHIMERA high-speed imaging camera.


Dr. Salam Dulaimi

Role: Just completed a PhD on the optical properties of late-M and early-L dwarf stars.
Contact Sal here

Dr. Kevin Shieh

Role: Completed a PhD on computational studies of de novo motif discovery in aptamer selections.
Currently Fellow at UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Contact Kevin here

Dr. David Rhee

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow. Supported a systems biology research effort for the pathogen Toxoplasma gondii by architecting and developing a data warehouse, toxoMine, based on the InterMine platform.
Currently Data Engineer at Facebook.
Contact David here

Dr. Pilib Ó Broin

Role: Completed a PhD on a genome-scale study of genetic & epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Currently Lecturer in Bioinformatics, National University of Ireland Galway
Contact Pilib here

Dr. Leon Harding

Role: Completed a PhD on the kinematic properties of several nearby field brown dwarfs and tight binary systems using the GUFI high speed photometer at the Mount Graham International Observatoty.
Currently Research Associate Professor at Virginia Tech.
Contact Leon here

Dr. Stephen Bourke

Role: Completed a PhD on novel high throughput algorithms applied to interferometric imaging using networks of radio telescopes.
Most recently Senior Research Engineer, Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden.
Contact Stephen here

Dr. Alan Fergus

Role: Completed a PhD on boundary layer tracer suspension & dynamics by computationally modeling particulates in indoor environments.
Currently Data Layer Journey Lead at Ericsson.
Contact Alan here

Dr. Gregg Hallinan

Role: Completed a PhD on magnetospheric processes and auroral emission from brown dwarfs and very low mass stars.
Currently Professor of Astronomy at Caltech.
Contact Gregg here

Dr. Andrew McLellan

Role: Completed a MSc on predicting imprinted genes in the mouse genome using neural networks.
Currently Director of Analytical Methods at Sema4.
Contact Andy here

Dr. Paul Geeleher

Role: Completed a MSc on the design & implementation of a web-based microarray analysis platform.
Currently Assistant Professor, St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Contact Paul here

Dr. Caoilfhionn Lane

Role: Completed a PhD on a survey of magnetic spot activity on radio transient brown dwarfs.
Currently Software Engineer for Joulica.
Contact Caoilfhionn here

Dr. James Mc Donald

Role: Completed a PhD on novel computational implementation of the Discrete Dipole Approximation for high performance modeling of light scattering off particulates.
Currently Valeo Senior Expert, Valeo Vision Systems.
Contact James here

Dr. Shaun Mahony

Role: Completed a PhD on the development and application of self organising neural networks for biological sequence analysis.
Currently Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State University
Contact Shaun here

Dr. Padraig O’Connor

Role: Completed a PhD on the emission characteristics of pulsar magnetospheres by inverse-modelling methods.
Currently Principal Performance Engineer at QAD.
Contact Padraig here