lifETIME PhD Student – NUI Galway
I am currently carrying out a PhD on developing a multi-cellular 3D model of colorectal cancer. My interest in researching colorectal cancer started in my undergraduate degree where I was given the opportunity to carry out an internship at Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. I also carried out my final year undergraduate project in NUI Galway in Dr. Aideen Ryans research lab which is the lab I am currently a part of. To further my knowledge in this area, I went on to carry out a masters degree in Immunology in Trinity College, Dublin which enhanced my interest in this field.
So far being part of the lifETIME CDT has given me multiple opportunities. From the activities organised by the CDT, I have been given the chance to network with both academic and industrial leaders in a variety of different research fields including; biomaterials, immunology, chemistry and physics. One of the main things that drew me to the lifETIME CDT was the application of interdisciplinary skills throughout all of the projects. I am looking forward to developing interdisciplinary skills which will be useful throughout my project and future career. Due to the fact that many of the students in the CDT have come from different research fields means that I have a wide variety of knowledge and experience available to me should I require it for different aspects of my project. I am really grateful to be part of this CDT and am looking forward to future collaborations throughout this project.