Group Members

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


Aaron Golden

Lab PI. Lecturer 1999-2011 (Computer Science, University of Galway); Assoc. Prof. 2011-2016 (Genomics/Radiation Oncology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine); College Lecturer 2016-2022 (Applied Mathematics/Bioinformatics, University of Galway); Assoc. Prof. 2022- (Physics/Natural Sciences, University of Galway)

  • BA (Mod.) Physics, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Computational Science, Queens University Belfast
  • PhD Astrophysics, University College Galway

Michael Geever

SFI Postdoc, started January 2023
Michael is working on the application of 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)
  • Postdoc as part of the TAPAS project (2023-)

Dúalta Ó Fionnagáin

SFI Postdoc, started January 2023
Dúalta is working on the development of novel AI models to track and characterise the effects of climate change on biomass cycles.

  • 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)
  • Postdoc as part of the TAPAS project (2023-)

Patricia Codyre

Research Associate, started December 2022
Patricia acts as the Programme Manager for the TAPAS project, as well as a font of knowledge as regards working with NGOs, organisations such as the UN, and is also an expert on digital health technologies.

  • BA Humanities, University of Galway
  • MSc Interactive Digital Communications, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Technology & Innovation, University of Galway
  • Dr Sci hum. Doctor of Science, University of Heidelberg
  • Research Associate as part of the TAPAS project (2023-)

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

Deirdre Ní Chonchubhair

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

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

Sai Chaitanya Susarla

PhD Student, started Oct 2021
Sai is using radio pulsars to remotely sense the interstellar and interplanetary medium.

  • MSc Science (Theoretical & Mathematical Physics), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Mick Ryan

PhD Student, started September 2021
Mick is exploring the use of high cadence optical imaging to the study of planetary bodies in our solar system.

  • MSc Astronomy, San Francisco State University
  • BSc Physics & Astrophysics, University of Galway

Dr. Brian Woods

ICAT Fellow, started July 2023
Dr. Woods will be working with novel imaging, applied statistical & ML methods to the diagnosis and staging of nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathies.

  • MSc Artificial Intelligence, University of Limerick
  • MSc Biomedical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
  • BA, MB, BCH, BAO, Trinity College Dublin

Jemima O’Farrell

Research Assistant on the TAPAS project, started February 2023
Jemima is rapidly becoming an expert in using Google Earth Engine, ML as applied to earth observation data…

  • BSc. Physics with Astrophysics, University of Galway

Dr. Lisa Kiely

ICAT Fellow, to start July 2024
Dr Kiely will be working on combining hyperspectral/3D imaging and clinical biomarkers to diagnose, stage and determine the prognosis of localized scleroderma, otherwise known as Morphea.

  • BM Medicine & BS Surgery, University of Limerick
  • BSc Physiology, University of Galway

Bachelor Students & Interns

Eoin Disney

School of Natural Sciences (Physics) Summer Intern 2023
Eoin will be analysing SuperDARN observations of recent coronal mass ejection impacts and their associated aurora.

  • BSc Genetics & Genomics, University of Galway

Eva Langan

HRB Summer Scholarship Programme, Summer 2023
Eva will be working with Dr. Sian McGarel (University Hospital Galway) on the genomics of adrenocortical carcinoma.

  • BSc Genetics & Genomics, University of Galway

Elif Adıgüzel

Erasmus+ Internship Programme 2022.
Elif worked on data taken with the I-LOFAR radiotelescope to detect Uranian electrostatic discharges.

  • BSc/BE in Electrical Engineering & Physics, Koç University, Istanbul, Türkiye.

Jemima O’Farrell

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

  • BSc Physics with Astrophysics, University of Galway

David O’Callaghan

School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences Internship Programme, Summer 2021.
David used the I-LOFAR telescope to study the radio emissio from a nearby pulsar.

  • BSc Physics with Astrophysics, University of Galway


Ross Trearty

Role: Ross worked as a Research Assistant on the TAPAS project
Ross lead the development of statistical models applied to crop yield production.
Contact Ross here

Yared Tessema

Role: Yared worked as a Research Assistant on the TAPAS project
He did a terrific job on studying the impact of climate change on agronomy practises.
Contact Yared here

Katie Pighini

Role: Katie completed a MSc (Res) on the transient optical emission from nearby brown dwarfs
Katie currently works as a data scientist for Plasmabound in Dublin.
Contact Katie here

Robert Ferguson

Role: Robert completed a MSc (Res) on a study of the radio pulsar PSR B0656+14 using the I-LOFAR radiotelescope
Robert currently works as an optical engineer for mBryonics in Galway.
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Eamon McAndrew

Role: Eamon worked as a Research Assistant funded by the HRB on the application of generative adversarial networks (GANs) in COVID radiology
Eamon will be starting a PhD in long non-coding RNA transcriptomics, part of the Long-reads TRanscriptome European Consortium.
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Ben Nolan

Role: Ben completed a MSc thesis on the radiogenomic properties of luminal breast cancers
Ben is currently working as a Data Scientist at Pfizer.
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Clare Lamont

Role: Clare completed a MSc thesis on a topological data analysis of the colorectal microbiome
Clare now works as a Diagnostic Technologist at Abbott Ireland.
Contact Clare here

Gavin Farrell

Role: Gavin completed a MSc on the biosynthetic gene cluster diversity in the colorectal microbiome
Gavin works as a Technical Officer at ELIXIR Hub, Europe based on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK.
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Luke Heneghan

Role: Luke completed a MSc on the diversity of Connemara kelp biofilm microbiomes
Luke is studying for a PhD at the University of Nebraska.
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Dr. Salam Dulaimi

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

Donal O’Shea

Role: Donal completed a MSc on the functional association of genome duplications & and autism spectrum disorders
Donal is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences/NUI Galway.
Contact Donal here

Aran Casserly

Role: Aran completed a MSc on the development of a pipeline to process microbial microbiome data
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Ella Lillis Greally

Role: Ella completed a MSc on profiling endogenous retroviral activity in prostate cancers
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Lydia King

Role: Lydia completed a MSc on karyotype instability within chromosome 11 in breast cancers
Lydia is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences/NUI Galway.
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Ritasree Sengupta

Role: Ritasree completed a MSc on assessing dysbiosis in the colorectal microbiome
Ritasree is currently a Data Analyst at Natus Medical Incorporated.
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Brian O’Sullivan

Role: Brian completed a MSc on radiosensitive gene expression profiles in prostate cancer
Brian is currently a PhD candidate at NUI Galway.
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Tom Huxford

Role: Tom completed a MSc on modeling aptamer-conjugated Au nanoparticle radiosensitization
Tom has vanished!

Dalal AlSultan

Role: Dalal completed a MSc on screening for chemotherapeutic genes in marine fungal genomes
Dalal is a IRC funded PhD candidate at Dublin City University.
Contact Dalal here

Olateju Idowu

Role: Olateju completed a MSc on studying the retroviral transcriptome in prostate cancers
Olateju (‘TJ’) is a PhD candidate at the the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.
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Barry Digby

Role: Barry completed a MSc on a metabolite cluster analysis of thermophilic fungal genomes
Barry is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences/NUI Galway.
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Jack Mc Mahon

Role: Jack completed a MSc on characterising the prostate cancer microbiome
Jack is currently a Data Developer at Sega Europe.
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Dr. Laura Fahey

Role: Laura completed a MSc on extending codon usage bias to study putative pathogen genes using neural networks
Laura is working as a postdoc at Maynooth University.
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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.
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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 Meta.
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Dr. Pilib Ó Broin

Role: Completed a PhD on a genome-scale study of genetic & epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Currently Assistant Professorin Bioinformatics at the University of Galway
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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 Observatory. Leon leads a team at Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems division
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Dr. Stephen Bourke

Role: Completed a PhD on novel high throughput algorithms applied to interferometric imaging using networks of radio telescopes.
Stephen is a Senior Data Engineer for Overstock Ireland.
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Dr. Alan Fergus

Role: Completed a PhD on boundary layer tracer suspension & dynamics by computationally modeling particulates in indoor environments.
Currently a Master Engineer for Cloud RAN.
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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 and Director of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory.
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Dr. Andrew McLellan

Role: Completed a MSc on predicting imprinted genes in the mouse genome using neural networks.
Currently Andy is Director of Informatics at Decibel Therapeutics.
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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.
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Dr. Caoilfhionn Lane

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