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Trinity Monday 2014 - Fellows and Scholars

Trinity College Dublin was founded as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars. Scholars are elected annually in various subjects on the result of an examination held in Trinity term. Scholarship or research achievement of a high order is the primary qualification for Fellowship, coupled with evidence of the candidate's contribution to the academic life of the College and an effective record in teaching.

Traditionally, the election of new Fellows and Scholars is announced by the Provost on Trinity Monday (7th April 2014) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. Three Honorary Fellows, Fourteen New Fellows and Ninety-nine Scholars were elected this morning.

Announcement of Scholars & Fellows 2013

Honorary Fellowship


Sir William Brendan Parsons, 7th Earl of Rosse

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Sir William Brendan Parsons is the 7th Earl of Rosse and Founder of the Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation, at Birr Castle Demesne. He was educated in Switzerland, France and England. He holds an MA from Oxford University.

After service with the Irish Guards, Lord Rosse spent eighteen years with the United Nations Development Programme; starting as a volunteer in West Africa and rising to Principal Officer. He was successively responsible for co-ordinating disaster relief in Bangladesh, running programmes of both UNESCO and United Nations Volunteers in Iran, and of UNDP itself in Algeria.

He inherited the family estate at Birr Castle in 1980 and was appointed to the Government's Advisory Council on Development Co-operation and to the Boards of APSO (Agency for Personal Service Overseas) and HITHA (now Irish Heritage Properties).

The Parsons family have long and distinguished connections with the College; the 3rd Earl, (who built the telescope at Birr Castle) was Chancellor of Trinity College 1862-1867 and the 7th Earl actively maintains the family connection with Trinity and a keen interest in Irish science to this day. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Trinity College in 2005.

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Marie Redmond (Dr)

Dr Marie Redmond

Dr Marie Redmond was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science in 2000.

After graduating from Trinity College Dublin, Dr Redmond worked in the software industry in the U.K. and the U.S.A., where she taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before returning to Ireland to set up a Research Group in Multimedia Technologies in the School of Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Redmond recently set up the MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London. She founded X Communications - an award-winning web agency in 1994 and designed and directed the MSc in Interactive Digital Media from 1996 until 2012. This course has over 350 graduates working in the digital media sector in Ireland and internationally.

Marie has worked in partnership with the Trinity College Library to publish the Book of Kells on various digital platforms including iPad, making this work available to scholars worldwide.

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Moira Wallace (Ms)

Ms Moira Wallace

Moira Wallace became Provost of Oriel College Oxford, in September 2013. She is the first woman to hold the position.

She has twenty years' experience in senior civil service roles across Whitehall, London. She began her career in the Treasury, where she served as Economic Affairs Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Major and Blair and was the first Director of the government's Social Exclusion Unit. At the Home Office, she was Director General of Criminal Justice and then Director General of Policing. In 2008, she was appointed Permanent Secretary to the newly formed Department of Energy and Climate Change, which she led for four years.

Ms Wallace read French and German at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and then studied Comparative Literature at Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar. From 2000 to 2008 she was a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Paula Colavita (Dr)

Dr Paula Colavita

Dr Paula Colavita joined the School of Chemistry in 2008 as Assistant Professor.

She received her PhD in 2005 from the University of South Carolina and pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A. She was a National Science Foundation Postgraduate Research Fellow and a visiting researcher at the Livermore National Laboratories in California, U.S.A.

Dr Colavita's work focuses on understanding and achieving control of interfacial chemical processes at disordered carbon and oxide surfaces. Fundamental understanding of interfacial transformations is relevant for several applications under investigation in her group, such as the assessment of environmental and health impact of carbon particulate matter, the development of biocompatible coatings and for the rational design of metal/carbon composites. Dr Colavita is a recipient of research grants from Science Foundation Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Research Council (IRCSET), Enterprise Ireland and EU FP7 Access funding.

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Kumlesh Kumar Dev (Prof)

Dr Kumlesh Kumar Dev

Kumlesh K. Dev is Professor in Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology, a Principal Investigator in the School of Medicine and Director of the MSc Neuroscience Programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Dev holds a degree in Pharmacology from the University of Glasgow, an MBA from Warwick Business School and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol. He was a Visiting Fellow at Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen, and a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Kyoto, Japan. In addition, he was a Program Team Head at Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, where he led a number of drug discovery programmes to identify and develop new treatments for multiple sclerosis. He is President of the Frontiers in Neurology Ireland Society (FIN) and Representative Director Ireland for Venture Valuation, Zurich, Switzerland.

He leads the Drug Development Group at Trinity College Dublin, whose research focuses on investigating mechanisms regulating receptor trafficking, astrocyte biology and neuro-inflammatory and degenerative disorders. With a particular interest in demyelinating disorders, his group aims to engineer novel drugs that alter glial cell function in diseases of the central nervous system.

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Gavin Doherty (Dr)

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Gavin Doherty joined the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College in 2001. A Trinity graduate, he obtained his doctorate from the Computer Science Department at the University of York and undertook postdoctoral work at CNR in Italy and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK.

Dr Doherty conducts research in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, investigating the issues and challenges surrounding the use of technology in real-world environments, particularly in healthcare and mental health. A specific focus has been on the design of more engaging technologies to support treatment of mental health conditions, as exemplified in the work of SilverCloud Health, a spinout company which emerged from one of his projects. This activity has been founded on interdisciplinary collaboration with mental health professionals, and partnerships with a range of health service providers in Ireland and abroad.

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Anne Dolan (Dr)

Dr Anne Dolan

Dr Anne Dolan lectures in modern Irish history in the School of Histories and Humanities and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History.

She has a BA and MA from University College Dublin (UCD) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Prior to taking up her present post she held research fellowships in Trinity College and UCD.

Dr Dolan's research focuses on the nature of violence in modern Ireland. She has published Commemorating the Irish civil war: history and memory 1923-2000 (2003) and has co-edited "No surrender here!" The civil war papers of Ernie O'Malley, 1922-1924 (2007), along with many articles and essays on Ireland in the inter-war period.

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Georg Duesberg (Prof)

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Professor Georg Duesberg joined the School of Chemistry in 2007 as a Principal Investigator in CRANN. He was appointed Professor and Director of Research in the School of Chemistry in 2011.

He graduated in Physical Chemistry at the University of Kassel, Germany in 1996, became a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart and Trinity College Dublin (1997-2001). From 2001-2007, he worked in the Corporate Research Department of Infineon AG, Munich and then in the Thin Films Department of Qimonda AG in Dresden, Germany. He has co-authored more than 130 publications with more than 6,000 citations (H-index 40) and filed more than 25 patents.

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Agnes Higgins (Prof)

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Professor Higgins joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery in 2000. Currently Head of School, Professor Higgins has been at the forefront of developments in nurse education and continues to lead curricular developments within and outside the School. In 2002 she was awarded the Provost's Teaching Award for excellence. She is a registered mental health nurse and general nurse, with a primary degree from UCD, an MSc from DCU, and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

She researches the area of recovery and mental health and has, as Principal Investigator or co-applicant, attracted over €2.6 million of funding in the past seven years from national and international funding bodies. The focus of her research is on building a body of work which increases understanding of the experience of recovery from mental health problems and promotes a culture of partnership and inclusiveness with service-users and family members. She is currently leading a research team exploring the impact of peer (service-user/family member) and clinician-led recovery education for family members and people with a diagnosis of severe mental health problems.

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Caitríona Leahy (Dr)

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Caitríona Leahy is a Lecturer in the Department of Germanic Studies, which she joined in 1999. She studied German and English, obtained an MA in English and a PhD in German from UCD in 2003. She spent two years on a DAAD scholarship in Germany and held lectureships in UCD (1994-1996) and UCC (1996-1999).

Her main research area is contemporary Austrian literature, with particular focus on the writer Ingeborg Bachmann, on whom she has published widely. She also works and teaches on aspects of modernism and on intersections between philosophy, literature and the visual arts.

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Christine Morris (Dr)

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Christine Morris is Andrew A. David Associate Professor in Greek Archaeology and History in the School of Histories and Humanities. She grew up in the Isle of Man, studied Classics at Cambridge University, and received her doctorate from University College London.

Dr Morris joined the Department of Classics in Trinity College Dublin in 1994. Prior to this she was archaeological research assistant to Professor Colin Renfrew in Cambridge University, and she spent six years working for the British School at Athens, based at Knossos in Crete. She has taken a leading role in the intercollegiate Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies in Athens, for which she is the Trinity representative.

Dr Morris' research and publications focus on the Aegean Bronze Age and she collaborates on field studies on Crete. Her research projects are concerned with ceramics; art and religion (goddesses, healing/medicine); gender in archaeology; historiography and reception of Minoan Crete; digital technologies in archaeology.

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Diarmuid Rossa Phelan (Dr)

Diarmuid Rossa Phelan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law. Educated in Dublin, he received scholarships to Berkeley, EUI Florence, Oxford, and the Bar. He joined the School of Law in 1994.

Dr Phelan teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the areas of European Union law, competition law, jurisprudence, and legal techniques. He publishes internationally on themes in European Union law, competition law, legal pedagogy, jurisprudence, and constitutional law and also on themes of domestic public law interest and doctrine. He is admitted to the Bars of New York, England and Wales, and Northern Ireland and is Senior Counsel at the Bar of Ireland. He has received various appointments and worked in an international law firm, the Court of Justice of the EU, and as counsel. In the latter role he has acted in many pro bono public law actions.

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Anthony Robinson (Dr)

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Dr Tony Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Tony joined the academic staff of Trinity College in 2004 where he now leads a team of researchers in the Fluids and Heat Transfer Research Laboratory investigating topics of basic and applied thermal sciences.

He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Engineering degree from McMaster University, Canada and subsequently received several prestigious provincial and national scholarships during his Masters and Doctoral studies in McMaster University.

Dr Robinson received his doctoral degree on the topic of computational modelling of liquid-vapour phase growth in microgravity. He followed this with a postdoctoral post at McMaster where he researched two phase systems, in particular electrohydrodynamics, with the use of electric fields to influence the dynamic behaviour of two phase systems. His current research covers a broad range of topics spanning the fundamental physics of nucleate and convective boiling to off-grid electricity generation in developing countries.

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Cathal Walsh (Dr)

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Cathal Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics and is a HRB Research Leader in Health Decision Science. His research interests are in disease modelling and evidence synthesis.

He has held visiting appointments in Bayesian groups in Australia and the United States. He contributes to the statistical societies in the U.K. and Ireland and is currently Theme Director and a member of the Council of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a Statistical Editor for the Cochrane Collaboration and has served as Associate Editor for statistics journals. He is an advisor to the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Health Information and Quality Authority.

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Frank Wellmer (Dr)

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Dr Frank Wellmer joined Trinity College in 2006. He is an Associate Professor in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, School of Genetics and Microbiology. He studied Biology at the University of Osnabrück and obtained a PhD from the University of Freiburg and followed this with a period as a Postdoctoral Scholar and Senior Research Fellow in the California Institute of Technology. He became a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator in 2007.

Dr Wellmer's research aims at elucidating the genetic mechanisms underlying plant development. Specifically, he is interested in understanding the structure and composition of the gene regulatory networks that control the formation of flowers. To this end, his research group employs a wide range of experimental approaches, from classic genetics to genomic technologies.

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Dmitri Zaitsev (Dr)

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Dmitri Zaitsev is an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics, which he joined in 2003.

He grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, studied Mathematics at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He completed his Diploma in 1993 and his PhD, within 1 year, in 1994 at Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.

Prior to joining Trinity College Dublin, he held researcher and visiting professor positions in Germany, France, Italy and the U.S.A.

Dr Zaitsev's research comprises contributions to Geometry and Analysis of Several Complex Variables as well as connected areas of Mathematics, such as Lie Groups, Differential Geometry, Real and Complex Algebraic Geometry, Partial Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems. He has over 20 international collaborators from over 10 countries and has authored over 50 peer-reviewed research articles.

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Hongzhou Zhang (Dr)

Hongzhou Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physics. He joined the School as a SFI Stokes Lecturer in 2009.

Dr Zhang received his PhD in Applied Physics at Rice University (U.S.A.) in 1999. He held a government postdoctoral fellowship at Peking University, China (2002-2004). In 2004 he became a research fellow in the electronic materials engineering department at the Australian National University (Australia).

His research is concerned with controllable synthesis and modification of low-dimensional nanostructures with the primary objective being specific physical properties. His recent research activities are primarily focused on developing and applying new electron/ion beam methodologies for nanoscale characterization and modification, especially helium ion microscopy and in-situ experiments.

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Ancient & Medieval History & Culture Ralph Thomas Moore
Children's & General Nursing (B.Sc.) Karen Iris Jeffery
Classics Alexandra Maria Madela
Computer Science

Eoin Fintan Joseph Murphy
Jonathan Rosca

Computer Science and a Language

Enno Hermann

Dental Science Jill McTernan
Sylwia Nowak
Economic & Social Studies

John Christopher Mattock
Paul Reidy


Áine Esther Cahill
Brian Fallon
Jonathan Lynn
Kris Vanhoutte

History William David Anthony Earle Ahern
Thomas Murphy
History & Political Science Michael Barton
Human Health & Disease David O'Driscoll
Law Francesca Mia Farrington
Dáire McCormack-George
Aisling Murray
Louise O'Callaghan
Jeff Ward
Law & Business Leona Chow
Law & French Seán Finan
Law & German Shauna Danielle Keniry
Law & Political Science Hugh Guidera
Mathematics Adam Keilthy
Conor McMeel
Niall Thornton
Medicinal Chemistry Deirdre McAdams

Eimear Duff
Esme Dunne
Aoife Gaffney
Cara Gill
Ellen Horgan
Padraigin Kenny
Conor Keogh
Owen Peter Killian
Tseun Han Kong
Conor Larney
Thomas McCartan
Grainne Mulkerrin
Clodagh Murray
Oisín Anthony O'Brien
Niamh O'Connor
Martin O'Donnell
Nicola Raftery
Georgia Rosalie Richard
Salim Sebaoui
Carla White

Nanoscience, Physics & Chemistry of Advanced Materials Luke Kelly
Andrew David Harry Selkirk
Brian Traynor
Nursing (B.Sc.)

Niamh Barry
Sara-Jane Carmody
Emily Jones
Suzanna Jane Weedle

Occupational Therapy Roberta Ruttledge
Pharmacy Turlough Michael Heffernan
Niamh Mary Murphy
Sorcha Jane Murray
Daniel Francis Scott
Jack Stapleton
Philosophy, Political Science, Economics & Sociology William Michael Foley
Brigid Eileen Francis-Devine
Neil Murphy
Stephen Stack
Alexandra Bridgit Trant
Physiotherapy Gena Kenny
Clare Taylor
Psychology Aisling Curtis
Science Rebecca Connell
Ciana Diskin
Alan Dowdall
Eva-Maria Dürr
Cian Gabbett
Harry Kane
Elaine Kelly
Róisín McMackin
Fionn Ó Marcaigh
Colum O'Leary
Georgia O'Sullivan
Shelley Stafford
Social Studies Catherine Boyle
Theoretical Physics Philip Clarke
Fiona Mary McCarthy
Harriet Walsh
Thomas Wyse Jackson
Two Subject Moderatorship English Literature & German Conor Brennan
Mathematics & Music Andrew Burrows
Greek & History Paul Corcoran
Economics & Mathematics Robert Cronin
Philosophy & Russian Julian Rene Graef
German & Modern Irish Niamh Frances Anna Ní Dhomhnaill
English Literature & History Tom Noonan
Mathematics & Philosophy Louis Mark Paul O Neill Mahon
Economics & Sociology Ronan Terence O'Connor
English Literature & History Éireann O'Sullivan

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Last updated 13 April 2015 by Email: Fellows & Scholars (Email).