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Trinity Monday 2022 - 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 (25 April 2022) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. Two Honorary Fellows, Five Professorial Fellows, Thirty One New Fellows and Fifty One New Scholars were elected this morning.

Honorary Fellowship

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION IN SECTION 11 OF THE CHAPTER ON THE FELLOWS IN THE 2010 CONSOLIDATED STATUTES, THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN ELECTED TO HONORARY FELLOWSHIP:

Mr Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955 and was educated at Catholic University School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he read Latin and English. He began to write in 1977. In 1990 he was Writer in Association at the Abbey theatre. His play The Steward of Christendom (1995) won many awards. In 1996 he was Writer Fellow at Trinity College.

He had two novels shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2005 and 2008, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture, and received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2009. He twice won the Costa Book of the Year (2008 and 2016), and the Walter Scott Prize.

He was awarded the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage by the Philosophical Society in 2019, and a T.C.D. Alumni Award in 2021. He was Laureate for Irish Fiction, 2018-2021.

Professor Máirín Nic Eoin

Máirín Nic Eoin is Emeritus Professor of Irish, Dublin City University. She is a literary scholar whose research focuses on modern literature in the Irish language and on the role of women in the Irish literary tradition. She is author of four influential monographs, but is best known for her study of cultural displacement and post-revival literature in Trén bhFearann Breac: An Díláithriú Cultúir agus Nualitríocht na Gaeilge (2005).

As editor or co-editor, she has published fourteen books, including thematic collections such as Ar an Imeall i Lár an Domhain: Ag Trasnú Tairseacha Staire, Teanga, Litríochta agus Cultúir (2021). Based on her conviction that minoritized languages have an important role to play in the global literary ecology, her work engages with the local, national and international significance of literary production in Irish.

A member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2016, she was chair of the Academy’s Coiste Léann na Gaeilge, Litríocht na Gaeilge agus na gCultúr Ceilteach from 2018 to 2022. 

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Professorial Fellowship

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION IN SECTION 7 OF THE CHAPTER ON THE FELLOWS IN THE 2010 CONSOLIDATED STATUTES, THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO PROFESSORIAL FELLOWSHIP:

Andrew Davies (Professor)

Andrew Davies is Professor of Palliative Medicine in the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, and has a parallel appointment in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin. He is also a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Our Lady’s Hospice, and St. James’s Hospital.

He graduated from St. George’s Hospital Medical School (University of London), attained a MSc in Palliative Medicine from the University of Bristol and a MD from Kings College London (University of London), and completed higher specialty training in Palliative Medicine in London / Surrey. His interests include supportive care in cancer, palliative care (patients with advanced cancer), and end-of-life care.

Current research themes include oral problems, circadian rhythm disorders, remote monitoring (utilising photoplethysmography), and clinically-assisted hydration. He is the President of the Multinational Association of Supportive in Cancer, and past President of the Association of Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland.

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John Dong (Professor)

Professor John Dong is Chair and Professor of Business Analytics at the Trinity Business School, the co-director of the Trinity Centre for Digital Business and Analytics (CDBA), and the director of the Trinity Executive MBA (EMBA) at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin. He is also an associate editor for MIS Quarterly (ABS4*) and Journal of the Association for Information Systems (ABS4*). He teaches business analytics and AI.

He was an associate professor with tenure (2017-2020) and an assistant professor on tenure track (2014-2017) in the Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Groningen, where he also served as the director of the Digital Business Focus Area and the director of the MSc in Change Management.

He obtained a PhD degree in information systems (2008-2014) from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and was a visiting postdoc researcher under the supervision of Professor Arun Rai from the Center for Digital Innovation (CDIN) at Georgia State University. He also earned a master degree in strategic management (2006-2008) and a bachelor degree in business administration (2002-2006) from Renmin University of China.

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Daniel Kilper (Professor)

Dan Kilper is Professor of Future Communication Networks in the School of Engineering and the Director of the Science Foundation Ireland CONNECT Centre. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Michigan in 1996 and worked for more than a decade as a member of technical staff at Bell Labs before moving to academia. 

He is a topical area editor for the IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking (TGCN) and co-chairs the Optics Working group in the IEEE International Network Generations Roadmap. He was recognized as a 2019 NIST Communications Technology Lab Innovator.

His research is aimed at solving fundamental problems in communication networks to create a faster, more affordable, and energy efficient Internet, addressing interdisciplinary challenges for smart cities, sustainability, and digital equity.

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Noel McCarthy (Professor)

Noel McCarthy is Professor of Population Health Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. His principal research focus is on infectious disease epidemiology with broader interests applying research methods to public health problems. His teaching goal is to facilitate students to learn by thinking and reflective experience, whether that be specific and technical such as how to think as an epidemiologist, or more general such as reflecting on how power structures in a society affect the distribution of health and wellbeing.

He qualified in medicine from Trinity in 1989, completed general internal medicine training Dublin and Cork before moving into infectious disease and public health and working internationally. This included refugee healthcare work in Africa with Médecins Sans Frontières, microbiology (St James's), field epidemiology training in Sweden, and work at the Food Safety Authority of Ireland before training in public health in the UK specialising in communicable disease control and infectious disease epidemiology with clinical posts as a consultant in communicable disease control and National Infection Service epidemiologist.

Research training included an MSc (Medical Statistics) at the University of London and Wellcome Trust Fellowship supported DPhil at the University of Oxford integrating population genetic analyses in the epidemiology of bacterial disease (Campylobacter) supervised by Martin Maiden.

Academic posts have been as a research fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Professor of Communicable Disease Control Epidemiology at Warwick Medical School.

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John Divers (Professor)

Professor Divers is a world-renowned expert in the theory of possibility and necessity. His most recent work defends an anti-realist conception of possibility and necessity, holding that these features of human thought do not correspond to any objective reality.

Professor Divers is the author of Possible Worlds (Routledge, 2002) and dozens of articles in journals such as Mind, Analysis, and Noûs. He is co-editor of Thought: A Journal of Philosophy and a past president of the Mind Association.

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Fellowship

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION IN SECTION 7 OF THE CHAPTER ON THE FELLOWS IN THE 2010 CONSOLIDATED STATUTES,THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO FELLOWSHIP:

Gizem Arikan (Assistant Professor)

Gizem Arikan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. She received her BA and MA degrees from Bogazici University, Istanbul and her PhD from Stony Brook University, New York.  Her research interests include comparative political behavior and political psychology, with focus on individual religiosity, democratic attitudes, values, political ideology, and attitudes towards redistributive policies.

Her works study the psychological mechanisms that underlie the effect of religiosity on various political attitudes using both cross-national survey data and experiments carried out in multiple political settings. Her works have appeared in top journals of the field including American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Psychology, and Political Behavior.

She is also the recipient of Turkish Academy of Sciences 2015 Young Scientist Outstanding Achievement Award (GEBIP) and Science Academy Young Scientist Award 2016.

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Clodagh Brook (Professor In)

Clodagh Brook is a Professor in Italian. She was educated at Oxford University (D Phil) and at University College, Dublin (BA and MA). She was Reader at The University of Birmingham (Russell Group) before taking up her position at Trinity College in 2017. She has two main strands: The first strand explores identity and political voice. It assesses how minority or suppressed voices emerge in the public sphere, looking especially at the place of institutional and symbolic structures in both supporting and blocking this emergence. The second strand teases out questions of interconnectedness and interdisciplinarity.

She was Head of Modern Languages (University of Birmingham, 2012-15) and on the Executive Committee of the Society for Italian Studies (research portfolio holder). She has held positions as Co-Director of the Centre for Film (B-Film) and Director of the cross-college Cultural Inquiry MA (University of Birmingham) and member of the University of Birmingham Curriculum Review Group. She was also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2012-17).

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Thomas Chadefaux (Professor In)

Thomas Chadefaux is a Professor in Political Science, where his research focuses on the causes of war and on predicting conflict. He relies on large amounts of fine-grained spatial and temporal data (e.g., newspapers, satellite images, financial markets) to reveal early warning signals for war using machine learning techniques. He leads a multidisciplinary team which aims to identify recurring patterns in the run-up to and during conflict.

He is the recipient of a Consolidator grant from the European Research Council. Prof. Chadefaux received a BA in public administration from Sciences Po (Strasbourg), an MA in International Politics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He worked as a postdoc at ETH Zurich before joining Trinity as an assistant Professor in 2014. Prof. Chadefaux is also a principal investigator in the ADAPT Centre for AI-driven Digital Content Technology.

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Ashley Clements (Assistant Professor)

Ashley Clements is Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Literature and Philosophy in the Classics Department. He trained as an ancient historian and anthropologist at University College London (BA 1998), read Classics at Cambridge (MPhil 1999; PhD 2007), taught at Durham University, and came to Trinity in 2006. He has published in the field of ancient sensory studies, and wrote a first book (2014: CUP) exploring the ancient comic afterlives of early Greek philosophy.

His latest book (2021 OUP) traces the history of anthropology's Classical debts, demonstrating the insidious role of Classical ideas in Western thought about the human and enjoining the reader to think beyond the Classics informing our present deleterious ways of relating to the world. The first step in addressing the vital challenges of our present, it suggests, lies in defamiliarizing our disastrous axiomatic Western contentions, recognizing their Classical contingency, and forging new dialogues between neglected ancient alternatives and modern political and existential dilemmas.

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Emma Creagh (Associate Professor)

Emma Creagh is an Associate Professor at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology. She received a BA (mod.) Biochemistry from Trinity College and her PhD in cancer cell biology from University College Cork. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms which activate and sustain inflammation in disease settings, including cancer and gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Barrett’s oesophagus and gastric ulcers.

The Creagh research team collaborates closely with clinical research groups both nationally and internationally, using a range of molecular biological approaches to identify disease-associated mechanisms of inflammation. This research has important implications for enhancing disease diagnosis and treatment and has received funding from the Wellcome Trust, SFI, EU MSCA and Enterprise Ireland.

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Ivana Dusparic (Assistant Professor)

Ivana Dusparic is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Future Cities and the Internet of Things in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, a post she took up in 2016. She has obtained a BSc from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, USA in 2001, and an MSc and PhD from TCD in 2005 and 2010, respectively. Her research expertise is the development of new artificial intelligence algorithms, and specifically reinforcement learning, for optimization of large-scale infrastructures. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in the areas of reinforcement learning agents, multi-agent systems, intelligent mobility, and future communication networks. Her research has been funded through a number of SFI and IRC initiatives, as well as by the industry partners.

She is currently TCD lead of the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI, Principal Investigator of the Smart Networking in the Era of AI collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Tsinghua University, and a Funded Investigator at Enable/CONNECT Research Centre.

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Aisling Dunne (Associate Professor)

Professor Dunne’s work to date has focused on endogenous damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that are associated with a number of sterile inflammatory diseases. Her research group has carried out a significant amount of work delineating the molecular/inflammatory pathways driven by osteoarthritis (OA)-associated DAMPs. They have identified potential new therapeutic targets to treat OA-associated inflammation and have now extended their work to assess immune responses to orthopedic implant materials. Furthermore, as a funded investigator with AMBER, Prof Dunne’s research group is now assessing the ability of novel biomaterials to promote tissue repair.

Finally, she has received significant funding to examine novel anti-inflammatory molecules with a particular focus on compounds that can induce the Heme Oxygenase System. Her group is funded by the HRB, Enterprise Ireland and SFI.

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Paul Eastham (Associate Professor)

Paul Eastham is a theoretical physicist whose work focusses on understanding the quantum-mechanical behaviour of light and matter.  He did his PhD in Cambridge, and then held a Junior Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, followed by postdoctoral positions in Cambridge and Imperial College London.  In 2009 he won an SFI Starting Investigator Grant to come to Trinity and started the Quantum Light and Matter Group in the School of Physics. His research aims to  uncover new understanding of physics while maintaining direct relevance to experiments and technology.

His work has helped uncover new behaviour for light from the mechanisms behind novel laser-like light sources to the half-integer quantization of photon angular momentum.

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Roja Fazaeli (Associate Professor)

Roja Fazaeli is Associate Professor in Islamic Civilisations at Trinity College Dublin and Warden of Trinity Hall.  Roja has published widely on the subjects of Islamic feminisms, women religious authorities, women’s rights in Iran, and the relationship between human rights and religion. She is a PI on NETHATE, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions funded project investigating the nature of hate in society, and serves on the editorial board of the journal Religion and Human Rights. She is also chairperson of the board of directors of Immigrant Council of Ireland, and a member of the board of directors for both Azadi Andisheh (Association for Freedom of Thought) and Front Line Defenders, an international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders at risk.

Roja has been the Scholars at Risk representative in Trinity College Dublin since 2009 and was previously on the boards of the Irish Refugee Council and Amnesty International Ireland.

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Max Garcia-Melchor (Assistant Professor)

Max García-Melchor is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Chemical Energy Systems in the School of Chemistry, and a Principal Investigator in the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, followed by four years of postdoctoral experience at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia and Stanford University. Since 2016, he leads the very active Computational Catalysis and Energy Materials (CCEM) Group, which strives to use advanced computational methods and artificial intelligence to accelerate the discovery of cost-effective materials for renewable energy and the sustainable production of chemicals.

Throughout his career, he has secured over €1.8M in research funding and co-authored more than 50 publications in high-impact journals (e.g. Science, Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Nature Communications). The impact of his work has been recognised with several international awards (e.g. RSC Roger Parsons Medal, RSEQ/GEQO Young Investigator Award), and has been featured heavily in journal covers and international media (e.g. U.S. Department of Energy, Chemistry World, Sciencemag, The Independent).

He is member of the Editorial Board of several international scientific journals, and one of the two Irish Representatives at the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. Since 2020, he is also the Course Director of the taught MSc in Energy Science.

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John Goold (Associate Professor)

John Goold is an Associate Professor and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the School of Physics. John is a theoretical physicist whose work specialises on the interface between quantum mechanics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics. He is particularly interested in how irreversibility emerges from quantum dynamics.

He received his PhD from UCC in 2010 and then pursued postdoctoral research in NUS Singapore, University of Oxford (Marie Curie Fellow) and ICTP Trieste. In 2018 he returned to Ireland to start his research group QuSys at Trinity. In the past 4 years he has received over 5 million euro in various grants and awards. This includes an SFI-Royal Society Fellowship, an ERC starting grant, an ERC proof of concept award, EPRSC-SFI joint award and SFI Frontiers for the future grant. He recently launched and now directs an MSc degree programme in Quantum Science and Technology in the school of physics.

Recently John forged research partnerships with both IBM and Microsoft on the topic of quantum simulation and launched the TCD-Microsoft Fellowships for the best two female applicants for the MSc programme. In 2020 John was elected to the Young Academy of Europe.

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David Hevey (Professor In)

David Hevey is Professor in Clinical Health Psychology in the School of Psychology. He is the current Head of School and was previously Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning. Before joining Trinity College he worked clinically as a Health Psychologist in Beaumont Hospital and was lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  Since joining TCD 20 years ago, his research programme focuses on theoretical and practical issues in the application of psychology to health and well-being. He has published extensively in leading international peer-reviewed psychology journals. 

David is the founding Director of the Trinity College Research Centre for Psychological Health, based in the School of Psychology. The centre addresses important social issues by focussing research on applications of psychological science.  He serves on various national and international committees to advance policy and practice in relation to the application of psychological theory and interventions to improve population health.

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Stephanie Holt (Associate Professor)

Stephanie Holt is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, where she is currently Head of School. Stephanie’s research expertise and publication output is on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence, with a particular emphasis on understanding how children and young people experience living with domestic violence.

She is a highly respected international researcher working to exacting ethical standards to engage children and young people in research, to ensure that their voice and experience is ascertained and represented in policy, practice and research outputs with the objective of informing best practice. She qualified as a social worker in 1991, spending nine years in professional practice before entering academia and research.

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Joan Lalor (Professor In)

Joan Lalor is a Professor in Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin where she teaches and supervises across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and leads a team of researchers (including doctoral and post-doctoral candidates) to generate evidence to optimise outcomes in maternity care. Joan was awarded a BNS (Hons), MSc, MA, PGDip in Clinical Health Science Education (Distinction) and PG Dip in Statistics (Distinction) and a PhD from Trinity College. More recently Joan has graduated from the Honorable Society of the Kings Inns with a Barrister at Law (BL) degree (2021), and a Diploma in Legal Studies (2019).

Joan currently leads a pan-European network which is working towards the development of an ideal universal standard of care to prevent and minimise birth trauma and optimise positive birth experiences. To-date, Joan has published 192 peer reviewed publications and is currently editing a book on birth related trauma.

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Jan Manschot (Associate Professor)

Jan Manschot is a theoretical physicist whose research and teaching is at the interface of physics and mathematics. His recent research addresses statistical partition functions of quantum field theories and quantum gravity. Jan received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2008. After postdoctoral positions in France, Germany and USA, he started at Trinity College Dublin in 2014.

He received an IRC Laureate Award in 2018, and currently supervises a research group on theoretical physics and relations to geometry and number theory.

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Nicola Marchetti (Associate Professor)

Nicola Marchetti is Associate Professor in Wireless Communications at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He performs his research under the CONNECT national research centre, where he leads the Wireless Engineering and Complexity Science lab. He received the PhD in Wireless Communications from Aalborg University in 2007, the MSc in Electronic Engineering from University of Ferrara in 2003, and the MSc in Mathematics from Aalborg University in 2010.

His research interests include: Autonomous and Self-Organising Networks, Communications for Biology, PHY and MAC for Future Networks, and Quantum Communications. He has authored in excess of 180 publications, and received 4 best paper awards.

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Rachel Moss (Associate Professor)

Rachel Moss is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture. She is an authority on the art and architecture of medieval Ireland. Her research has been funded by the IRC and IRCHSS (Medieval monastic Ireland, Reconstructions of the Gothic past), Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Early Irish Gospel Books project with TCD Library) and the Getty Foundation (Edwin Rae photographic project). She has published numerous articles and book chapters; her books include The Book of Durrow (Thames and Hudson, 2018) and Art and Architecture of Ireland. Volume 1. Medieval c.400—c.1600 (Yale University Press and the Royal Irish Academy, 2014).

She has served as a board member for national cultural organisations including the Irish Architectural Archive, the Discovery Programme and Science Gallery Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London) and past president of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

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Cian O'Callaghan (Assistant Professor)

Cian O’Callaghan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography within the School of Natural Sciences. He joined Trinity in 2016. He holds a PhD in Geography from University College Cork and has previously held positions in Maynooth University. He is an urban and cultural geographer whose research interests include creativity and place, neoliberalism, and political contestations over the re-use of urban vacant spaces. He has been Principal Investigator on IRC-funded projects, most recently Rethinking Urban Vacancy (IRC Coalesce).

He is editor of The New Urban Ruins: Vacancy, Urban Politics, and International Experiments in the Post-Crisis City, published by Policy Press in 2021. His research has been published in journals including Urban Studies, Political Geography, Environment and Planning A, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

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Nessa O'Connor (Associate Professor)

Nessa O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Zoology and School of Natural Sciences. Her research is centred on the impacts of global change on the functioning of our coasts. This includes predicting the effects of loss of species and the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. Dr O’Connor held fellowships in the USA, Australia and Ireland and was a Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast before joining Trinity in 2017. She has supervised 14 PhD students, published > 60 papers in leading journals and led a Gold Award winning Athena SWAN committee at Queen’s. Dr O’Connor has won several prestigious awards for her research including the IRPE (International Recognition of Professional Excellence) Prize, International Ecology Institute, Germany and the Excellent Ecology Award, Irish Ecological Association.

Her current research includes the Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Future Leaders Award: Beyond biofuel - Advanced seaweed cultivation for marine biodiscovery and climate change mitigation.

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David O'Regan (Assistant Professor)

David O'Regan is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate) in the School of Physics. His research focuses on the development of quantum-mechanical approximations and techniques for better understanding the material world. He particularly strives to find ways to enable the routine, reliable simulation of certain material types that are widespread in renewable energy technology, industrial chemistry, and information technology. Much of his activity takes place within CRANN Institute and the SFI research centre AMBER.

David has published on diverse problems in his field and has won support from agencies including SFI, the IRC, the Royal Irish Academy, and EPSRC. He graduated in mathematics and physics in 2007 (NUI Cork) and took his Ph.D. in physics in 2011 (Cambridge), during which time he was awarded the NUI Travelling Studentship and Springer Thesis Prize. Following research fellowships at Cambridge and EPFL, David joined Trinity in 2014.

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Edna Roche (Professor In)

Edna Roche is Professor In Paediatrics at the University of Dublin, Trinity College and a paediatric consultant at CHI, Tallaght University Hospital where she leads a busy tertiary service in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes.  She graduated in Medicine from Trinity and undertook her specialist clinical training in Dublin, London and North America.  She was awarded an MD from TCD for her work on childhood diabetes. She also holds a postgraduate qualification from the NUI, Membership and Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Edinburgh and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health London. She was awarded an MBA from Trinity for which she received the Sir Charles Harvey Award and John Good Prize.

An enthusiastic teacher she received a Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Her clinical and research interests include Diabetes, growth, and rare disorders, such as, Prader Willi Syndrome. She established and leads the Irish Childhood Diabetes National Register. She serves on the Board of the Irish Medical Council, Chairs the Nutrition Council of the Irish Heart Foundation and is a member of the Paediatric Clinical Advisory Group (RCPI), which guides national policy in child health.

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Joseph Roche (Associate Professor)

Joseph Roche is the Director of Research at the School of Education. He leads the Science & Society research groups and coordinates international research projects on science communication, informal learning, citizen science, public engagement, and higher education science. He is the Principal Investigator of GlobalSCAPE — a European Commission funded research project exploring the global state of science communication.

Joseph has an undergraduate degree in physics, a masters in higher education, a PhD in astrophysics, an associate certificate in graphic design, and a special certificate in academic practice. He has worked at NASA and is a visiting scholar at Harvard. He is the author of the textbook “Essential Skills for Early Career Researchers”.

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Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco is based in the Department of Geology (School of Natural Sciences). His fields of research are environmental mineralogy and crystallisation. His research focuses on mineral genesis and the interaction of aqueous species with mineral surfaces. In particular, he studies the mechanisms of mineral nucleation and growth and the interaction of common seawater ions, pollutants and organics with mineral surfaces and their relevance to global-scale processes like biomineralisation, biogeochemical element cycling and the evolution of the global chemistry of the oceans. He has a group of 5 PhD, 1 postdoc and few MSc and undergraduate students.

His research is funded by the EU Commission, Science Foundation Ireland and Geological Survey Ireland.

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Tomás Ryan (Associate Professor)

Tomás Ryan is Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He originally graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2005 with a B.A. (Mod) in Genetics. He then completed his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in 2010. Following a year as Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University Cambridge, he relocated to the USA to work as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Susumu Tonegawa (Nobel Laureate, 1987) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At MIT he was centrally involved in the development and application of novel methods that allow for the labelling and manipulation of specific memory engrams in the rodent brain. In 2017, he returned to Ireland and started his research group at Trinity College Dublin. Tomás also holds a joint faculty position at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Australia.

His research is supported by the European Research Council (ERC), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and the Jacobs Foundation. In 2018 he was elected to the European FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence. In 2020, he became the first scientist working in Ireland to be awarded the Lister Institute Research Prize by the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.

The Ryan Lab aims engages in inter-disciplinary research projects to understand how memory engrams are formed during learning, how they can altered or be forgotten with experience, how they change over development, and how they interact with innate representations. 

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Jan Skopek (Assistant Professor)

Jan Skopek, Dr., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin since 2016. Before, he held post-doctoral researcher positions at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the German National Educational Panel Study (Bamberg, Germany). His research relates to family and social stratification, social demography, the life course, cross-national comparison, and quantitative social research methodology.

His work is published in top peer-review journals such as the American Sociological Review, the Annual Review of Sociology, Demography, or Social Forces. Furthermore, he is (co-)editor of several books. At TCD he is engaged in various roles including the academic directorship of BESS which is one of TCD’s largest undergraduate programmes.

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Hitesh Tewari (Assistant Professor)

Hitesh Tewari is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics. He earned his undergraduate, master’s and PhD degrees from Trinity College Dublin and was appointed to the faculty in 1997. His research interests are primarily in the areas of Network Security and Applied Cryptography with a strong focus on Decentralised Networks. In particular, he is very active in the field of Blockchain/Distributed Ledger technologies and their applications in Mobile Communication Networks, eHealth, eGovernment, IoT, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, and the development of Energy Efficient Cryptocurrencies.

He is also developing research themes around Privacy and Decentralisation of the Internet, which will substantially impact the next-generation of Social Media Networks. His findings have been published in leading journals, conferences and media outlets, and his work has been funded by SFI, EU and Industry Partnerships. He has also co-authored a book on “Electronic Payment Systems” which has become a best-selling textbook in its category.

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Daniela Tropea (Associate Professor)

Daniela Tropea is Associate Professor of Molecular Psychiatry since October 2018. Her lab studies the molecular mechanisms involved in brain function and plasticity in Health and Disease with a particular interest in Growth Factors. During her training she identified Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) as a candidate treatment for Rett Syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Rett syndrome is a severe disorder that is lacking a treatment.

In her studies, Daniela showed that IGF1 and its analogues are able to ameliorate the symptoms of the disease in a mouse model of Rett, and therefore have the potential of leading to a treatment of Rett and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This finding stands out for its clinical relevance since Trofinetide, an analogue of IGF1, has passed phase 2 clinical trials for Fragile X and Phase 3 clinical trials for Rett Syndrome.

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Patrick Walsh (Associate Professor)

Patrick Walsh is Associate Professor in Paediatric Immunology in the School of Medicine. Having earned a PhD in biochemistry at UCC in 2001, Professor Walsh conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania. After a period in pharmaceutical drug development at GlaxoSmithKline he returned to Ireland and in 2011 joined the School of Medicine as a lecturer in Paediatric Immunology and Principal Investigator at the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC), CHI-Crumlin.

This coincided with his receipt of a Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Young Researcher award.  The research conducted by Professor Walsh’s group investigates the mechanisms which control immunity and tolerance, particularly in the context of autoimmune and inflammatory disease conditions. They take a translational research approach, using both preclinical models, and patient samples, to investigate novel mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of diseases such as psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease, with the goal of identifying novel targets for therapeutic intervention.

Current areas of investigation include the role of novel Interleukin-1 family members in inflammation and autoimmune disease. His aim is to translate his groups findings towards the development of improved therapeutics for autoimmune and inflammatory disease in patients.

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Rachael Walsh (Assistant Professor)

Rachael Walsh is an Assistant Professor at TCD’s School of Law. She was appointed in 2012 and previously was a Lecturer at King’s College London. She teaches property law and constitutional law and was awarded the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Harvard Law School (where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar) and the Honourable Society of the King’s Inns.

Dr Walsh’s research analyses legal protection for property rights across a range of policy contexts, including housing and environmental protection. Informed by her experience as constitutional law adviser to the Citizens’ Assembly on the Eighth Amendment, she also researches the impact of citizen deliberation on law reform. She is author of Property Rights and Social Justice: Progressive Property in Action (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and co-author of the leading treatise on Irish constitutional law, Kelly: The Irish Constitution (Bloomsbury, 2018).

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Margaret Walshe (Associate Professor)

Margaret Walshe is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. Her research focuses on swallowing disorders (dysphagia), communication assessment and evidence based practice. She has pioneered postgraduate education in swallowing disorders in Ireland and Trinity is now internationally recognised for its leadership in dysphagia education.

She was Board member and Vice President of the European Society of Swallowing Disorders until 2019 and is a member of a number of international committees including the World Health Organisation Expert Group for Rehabilitation 2030, and the Cochrane Rehabilitation Field REH-COVER project. She is a formal advisor for two international dysphagia clinical trials.

She is Associate Editor for Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica and Advances in Communication and Swallowing and sits on the editorial board for Frontiers in Rehabilitation.

She is an active contributor to Cochrane Library with a Cochrane Fellowship in 2009. She has over 170 publications, including book chapters and two edited texts in dysarthria and dysphagia. Her contribution to mentorship in her profession was formally recognised with an IASLT award in 2021.

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Fiona Wilson (Associate Professor)

Fiona Wilson is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine, where she is Head of the Discipline of Physiotherapy. She has over 30 years of experience in clinical physiotherapy, teaching and research. Her research focuses on examination and synthesis of epidemiology and biomechanics to create meaningful prevention and management strategies for injury and pain in sport. Her primary focus has been on athlete back pain, specializing in rowing related back pain. She also explores brain health and wellness in sport with a particular focus on current and retired rugby athletes.

She was lead physiotherapist for Rowing Ireland for 10 years and is the first physiotherapist to be invited to the World Rowing Sports Medicine Commission. Fiona is a Deputy Editor with the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

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Scholarship

THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO SCHOLARSHIP 2022:

Course Name

Name

Bachelor in Global Business

Eimhin O'Neill

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Hamna Fathima
Ciaran Flynn
Bríd Murphy

Children's and General Nursing

Justine Alpuerto
Hannah Kent
Rola Wadullah

Computer Science

Jamie Taylor

Dental Science

Kumud Gogna
Martin McCormack

Drama and Theatre Studies

Aoife Cronin
Erica Smith

Engineering

Conor Bowler
Eoghan Manning
Nollaig McHugh
Jakub Pstrusiński

English Studies

Esme Dunne
Brídín Ní Fhearraigh-Joyce

Geography and Geoscience

Olivia Mangum Lehmann

History

Sinziana Stanciu

History and Political Science

David Wolfe

Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Joint Degree)

Lisa Kelly

Law

Andrew Cunningham
Niamh Harkin
Mark McGrane
Kathryn Polson
Aoife Purewal

Law and Political Science

Amy Cox
Fiona Stenson

Mathematics

James Murphy

Medicine

Archie Connolly
Marie Cormican
Frank Crossan
Eleanor Murchan
Christopher Murray
Siobhan Trimmer

Midwifery

Catherina O'Dowd

Music

Alessandro Loro

Nursing

Devon Campbell
Katherine Cooling Reid
Catherine Dawson
Rachel Muldowney

Pharmacy Billy Brennan
Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology Molly Carroll
Rían Cody
Francis Wolfe

Physical Sciences

Leon Kerin

Physiotherapy

Yun Sang Cheung
Psychology Robert Crossan
Theoretical Physics Yueying Wu
Trinity Joint Honors Grace Kehoe

Last updated 25 April 2022 by Email: Fellows & Scholars (Email).