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Trinity Monday 2021 - 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 (26 April 2021) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. Four Honorary Fellows, Eight Professorial Fellows, Thirteen New Fellows and Seventy Three New Scholars were elected this morning.

Honorary Fellowship


Justice Maureen Harding Clark

 Justice Maureen Harding Clark

Justice Maureen Harding Clark was the Judicial Visitor for Trinity for almost 12 years and currently serves as a judge on the Appeals Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia. This hybrid tribunal has tried the surviving members of the Khmer Rouge leadership and will probably be the last appeal heard. Prior to that she was a judge of the High Court and has served as a judge on the ICTY and the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Mr Harry Clifton

 Mr Harry Clifton, Honorary Fellow

Harry Clifton was born in Dublin but has lived in Africa and Asia as well as more recently in Europe. Besides fiction, travel and the critical writings of 'Ireland and its Elsewheres', his collections of poems include 'Secular Eden: Paris Notebooks 1994-2004', 'The Winter Sleep of Captain Lemass', 'The Holding Centre: Selected Poems 1974-2004' and more recently 'Portobello Sonnets' and 'Herod’s Dispensations'. He has taught at Bremen and Bordeaux universities as well as at University College Dublin, from which he received an Honorary D.Litt in 2011, and Trinity College Dublin where he is currently Adjunct Professor of Creative Practice. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2010 to 2013. He lives in Dublin, and is a member of Aosdana.

Ms Heather Hancock

 Ms Heather Hancock, Honorary Fellow

Heather Jane Hancock LVO DL was appointed the first female Master of St John's College, Cambridge, and assumed the position on 1 October 2020. She was educated at Park High School, Lancashire and Nelson and Colne College, before going on to study Land Economy at St John's College, Cambridge. She was made an honorary fellow of the College in February 2019. She has over two decades' experience in senior leadership in the private and public sectors. She currently chairs the Food Standards Agency, a non-ministerial Government department that regulates the food and feed industry. Prior to this, Heather spent 11 years at Deloitte where she was a Managing Partner for the UK and Swiss firms, and led the firm’s global services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Heather was a Trustee of the Prince’s Trust, the UK’s biggest youth charity, for over a decade, chaired the BBC’s rural affairs committee from 2003-2010 and, in 2013-14, was commissioned by the BBC Trust to investigate and report on bias and impartiality in the BBC’s rural affairs coverage.

Professor Luke O'Connor Drury

 Professor Luke O'Connor Drury, Honorary Fellow

Luke Drury is Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and was Honorary Andrews’ Professor of Astronomy in TCD from 1998 to 2018. He is best known for work on particle acceleration in astrophysical plasmas and the origin of cosmic rays, but has broad interests in computational and theoretical astrophysics and more recently in issues of policy for science. He was instrumental in establishing the Irish Centre for High-End Computing and served as a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe. He was chair of the European Space Agency’s Astronomy Working Group and a member of its Space Science Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2016. A member of the Royal Irish Academy since 1995, he served as President from 2011 to 2014 and is currently a board member of ALLEA, the federation of European Academies of Sciences and Humanities, where he chairs the Open Science Task Force. He has just become a member of the steering group for the International Science Council’s project on the future of scientific publishing.

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Professorial Fellowship


Gerald Dickens (Professor)

Prof Gerald Dickens, Professorial Fellow

Gerald Dickens was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a BSc in 1989 from the University of California, Davis in Chemistry, and a PhD 1996 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Oceanography. Since, he has been a lecturer and senior lecturer from 1997 to 2001 at James Cook University, and an Associate Professor and Full Professor from 2001 to 2020 at Rice University. He arrived at Trinity College Dublin in 2020 as the new Professor of Geology and Mineralogy (1843). He has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers that are collectively cited more than 18,000 times. He became a Wenner-Gren Fellow in Stockholm in 2010, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in 2013, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in 2017. He gave the “Perspectives Lecture” at the International Conference of Paleoceanography (ICP) in 2016. He was the chief editor of Paleoceanography, the top ranked paleoclimate journal, from 2005 to 2009 and chief editor of GSA Today, the most widely read geoscience journal, from 2014-2018. He is now the editor of Geology, the top ranked journal for peer-reviewed Geoscience articles.

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Colin Doherty (Professor)

Colin Doherty holds the Ellen Mayston Bates Chair in Epileptology at Trinity College Dublin School of Health Sciences. His undergraduate degree was awarded by UCD (1991) and he trained in Medicine and Neurology at St Vincent’s and Beaumont Hospitals, Dublin and later at the Partners Neurology Residency Programme at Harvard Medical School, Boston (Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital) where he was Chief Resident in 2001). He then completed Fellowships in Epilepsy and Cognition at MGH (2001-2003). He was a consultant neurologist at St James’s hospital for 15 years from 2005 until the summer of 2020 when he joined the staff of TCD in the Academic Unit of Neurology. He has clinical and research interests in the areas of brain imaging, clinical epileptology, Traumatic Brain Injury and Digital Health. He is also a Principal investigator at the SFI FutureNeuro Research Centre in Dublin.

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Omar Garcia (Professor)

Prof Omar Garcia, Professorial Fellow

Professor García (BS, BA, MA, MSEd, PhD, PhD) holds the 1926 Chair of Spanish. He is a Hispanist, who studies both Latin America & Spain, a Comparatist, an award-winning poet and a human rights activist. He joined TCD with the specific remit of developing Latin American Studies. He directs the BSL programme in SLLCS and is a founding member of the Centre for Resistance Studies. Before coming to TCD, he was Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Poetics at QMUL, where he also served as Dean for Taught Programmes (2013-16) and Deputy Dean (2011-13). His own international standing as a poet and his creative outputs are in line with the conceptual interests of his research, as explored in Resistencia en la tierra (2007), Fronteras: ¿el azar infinito? (Oct. 2018), and Cuerpo esclavizado / Enslaven Body, part of "Racializados/Racialized", a collaborative project of poetry, painting and translation (October 2019).

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Ortwin Hess (Professor)

Ortwin Hess is the Professor of Quantum Nanophotonics and SFI Research Professor in the School of Physics. Before joining Trinity College he has been the Leverhulme Chair in Metamaterials in the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College London. Ortwin obtained the PhD degree and the Habilitation in Berlin and Stuttgart, respectively. From 2003 to 2010 he was a professor at the University of Surrey (UK). Ortwin was visiting professor at Stanford University (USA), Tampere University (Finland) and the University of Munich (Germany). Professor Hess is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and of the Optical Society (USA). His research bridges quantum nanophotonics and metamaterials physics. He discovered the ‘trapped-rainbow’ principle, made defining contributions to the fields of spatio-temporal and quantum dynamics in semiconductor lasers and pioneered active quantum nanoplasmonics and optical metamaterials with quantum gain for which he has been awarded the Royal Society Rumford Medal.

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Mary Cosgrove (Professor In)

Mary Cosgrove Professor, New Fellow

Mary Cosgrove (formerly Reader in German, University of Edinburgh; Professor of German, University of Warwick) was appointed Professor in German at Trinity College Dublin in 2015. Her publications include Born under Auschwitz: Melancholy Traditions in Postwar German Literature (2014, Choice recommended title); Grotesque Ambivalence (2004), and (as co-editor) German Memory Contests (2006, paperback 2010; winner Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2007). Her research encompasses Holocaust Studies, Medical Humanities, and literary economics. She has been funded by the IRCHSS (IRC), the AHRC, the British Academy, the DAAD, the ÖAD, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. She is Co-I on the interdisciplinary project ‘Framing Ageing’ (Wellcome Trust). In 2014 she was Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Associate Editor on monograph series ‘Culture and Power in German-Speaking Europe, 1918-1989 (Camden House), from 2016 to 2020 she served as Germanic Editor of the Modern Language Review.

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Jean Fletcher (Associate Professor)

Brian Caulfield

Jean Fletcher is an Associate Professor in Translational Immunology, a position held between the School of Medicine and the School of Biochemistry and Immunology. She completed a PhD in Immunology at University College London, relocated to Ireland in 2005, and took up the position of Ussher Assistant Professor in 2012. Her research is focused on understanding the immune dysregulation underlying various autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and hidradenitis suppurativa. A key theme of her group is understanding how the Treg:Th17 cell axis is regulated by various factors including metabolism and immuno-modulatory therapies. Underpinned by strong clinical collaborations, her research aims to predict treatment responses and identify new therapeutic targets for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, thus ultimately improving outcomes for patients. Her work has been funded by HRB, SFI, the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity, the British Skin Foundation, and industrial partnerships.

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Catherine Hayes (Associate Professor)

Catherine Hayes

Catherine Hayes is an Associate Professor in Public Health and Specialist in Public Health Medicine at the Institute of Population Health. Her research interests include in cancer prevention trials, implementation science and in translation of research evidence into policy and practice. Her specific research addresses the development, implementation and evaluation of targeted interventions in prevention of cancer and chronic diseases across the life course with a particular focus on vulnerable groups. She has generated over €3m in research grant funding from HRB, EI and EU. She is recipient of advanced career development training awards in cancer prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), US, and was selected for the highly competitive and prestigious Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research (TIDIRH) Programme in 2016. Since 2018 she is an assessor of applications to NCI for TIDIRH in Cancer. She was a key contributor to TIDIRH in Ireland in 2018. She is a Member of Cancer Research UK Population Health Grant Evaluation Panel. She has over 100 peer reviewed publications and is an Associate Editor for the journal Pilot and Feasibility Studies. She is currently President-Elect of the UK and Ireland Society for Social Medicine and Population Health.

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David Hoey (Associate Professor)

David Hoey Associate Professor

David Hoey is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Biomedical Engineering program. Dr. Hoey leads a multidisciplinary research team in the area of musculoskeletal mechanobiology and materials for regeneration within the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering and the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre. His research focus is to delineate the importance of mechanics in musculoskeletal physiology and utilise this fundamental information to inform the development of novel therapeutics, biomaterials, and biofabrication technologies for tissue regeneration/replacement. His team has made significant advancements in understanding the mechanisms by which biophysical stimuli are transduced by cells and has targeted these mechanisms utilising novel mechano-therapeutics to treat orthopaedic diseases such as osteoporosis. He has been awarded >€3.4million in funding including two European Research Council awards (Starter grant 2013; PoC grant 2019) and a SFI Frontiers for the Future grant (Project 2020).

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Nicholas Johnson (Associate Professor)

nicholas johnson

Nicholas Johnson holds a BSc in Theatre from Northwestern University and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. He joined Trinity in 2004 as a George J. Mitchell Scholar and has held visiting research positions at Freie Universität Berlin and Yale University. He convenes the interdisciplinary Creative Arts Practice research theme, co-founded the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies, and has published widely on Samuel Beckett and performance. Books include Experimental Beckett (Cambridge UP, 2020) and Bertolt Brecht’s David Fragments (Bloomsbury, 2020); he also co-edited Influencing Beckett / Beckett Influencing (L’Harmattan, 2020) and Beckett’s Voices / Voicing Beckett (Brill, 2021). With Jonathan Heron, he edited the Journal of Beckett Studies special issues on pedagogy (29.1, 2020) and performance (23.1, 2014) and founded the Samuel Beckett Laboratory. In addition to numerous practice-as-research projects on Beckett, technology, and modernism, he continues to work in the professional theatre as a director, dramaturg, and literary translator.

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David Kenny (Assistant Professor)

David Kenny, New Fellow

David Kenny is an Assistant Professor of Law in Trinity College Dublin, a post he took up in 2012. He has taught Irish and comparative constitutional law, the conflict of laws, critical legal theory, and law and literature. He received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Harvard Law School, and the Honourable Society of the King’s Inns. He received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, with a thesis on the comparative constitutional law of rights limitation under the supervision of Prof Oran Doyle. He is also an alumnus of the US State Department’s Fulbright Programme. Dr Kenny has published many peer reviewed articles on Irish and comparative constitutional law in top international journals such as The International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) and the American Journal of Comparative Law. He is co-author of the leading treatise on Irish constitutional law, Kelly: The Irish Constitution.

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Triona Lally (Professor In)

Triona Lally, New Fellow

Tríona Lally is Professor in Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing & Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on arterial tissue mechanics, vascular imaging, vascular mechanobiology and tissue engineering where she is focussed on developing novel ways to diagnose and treat vascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis. Prof. Lally received her BEng (Mechanical Engineering) and MEng (Biomedical Engineering) degrees from University of Limerick and later obtained a PhD from Trinity College Dublin in the area of arterial biomechanics and cardiovascular stenting. She began her academic career in the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Dublin City University in 2004 and joined Trinity College Dublin as a Professor in 2015. She has secured considerable research funding from SFI, Enterprise Ireland and the IRC and was awarded a prestigious ERC starting grant in 2014. Prof. Lally also has considerable research in collaboration with industry and is a Principal Investigator in the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre at Trinity College Dublin.

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Deirdre Madden (Assistant Professor)

Deirdre Madden, Assistant Professor, New Fellow

Deirdre Madden is a novelist and Assistant Professor in the School of English. She has published eight novels for adults, including ‘Authenticity’, ‘Molly Fox’s Birthday’, and most recently ‘Time Present and Time Past.’ She has won many awards for her work, including The Rooney Prize, The Hennessy Award, and The Somerset Maugham Award. For the first of her three novels for children she won the Eilis Dillon Award. All her work is published by Faber and Faber and has been widely anthologised. Her novels have also been translated into several languages, including French, Italian and German. She studied English at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. In 1997 she was Writer Fellow at Trinity, and since 2004 she has been teaching Creative Writing to undergraduates and on the MPhil programme in the Oscar Wilde Centre. She is a member of Aosdana.

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Kenneth Pearce (Assistant Professor)

Kenneth Pearce, New Fellow

Kenneth L. Pearce is Ussher Assistant Professor in Berkeley Studies (Early Modern Philosophy) and Head of the Department of Philosophy. He received his BA in Philosophy and Classical Studies and BAS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. His primary research focus is on issues at the intersection of metaphysics, theology, and philosophy of science in 17th and 18th century philosophy, and especially the work of TCD alumnus George Berkeley. He is also engaged in research in analytic philosophy of religion. He is the author of Language and the Structure of Berkeley’s World (Oxford UP, 2017) and co-author, with Graham Oppy, of Is There a God? A Debate (Routledge, in press). He has also authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles, and is currently working on a monograph on the religious context of Berkeley’s philosophy.

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Jeremy Piggott (Assistant Professor)

Jeremy Piggott, New Fellow

Jeremy Piggott is Assistant Professor in Aquatic Biology in TCD’s School of Natural Sciences and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Otago (New Zealand). Recipient of the Irish Research Council’s Early Career Researcher of the Year Award (2019) and Laureate Award (2017) with past fellowships at the National University of Singapore (Singapore), Kyoto University (Japan), Imperial College London (UK) and Peking University (China). Currently serving as Vice President of the International Society of Limnology (SIL), Lead Author for the UN’s Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Associate Editor of the journals Limnology and Ecological Research. He has authored >40 publications (2088 citations, h-index 21, i10-index 23) and independently obtained >€2m in research grants (>€15m in collaborative funding). By advancing knowledge and connecting science to policy, Dr Piggott’s research seeks to improve the management, conservation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems in the face of global change

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Adriele Prina Mello (Assistant Professor)

Plamen Stamenov, New Fellow

Adriele Prina Mello is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Translational Nanomedicine at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Director of the Laboratory for Biological Characterisation of Advanced Materials (LBCAM) at the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute (TTMI), Principal investigator (PI) at CRANN/AMBER Centre and Associate Director of Research in the School of Medicine. His research focuses in nanomedicine, nanobiomaterials, and advanced nanotechnologies for diagnostics, therapeutics and theranostics for chronic diseases and recently COVID-19. He has been extensively funded as PI (>7M€) and co-PI (>6M€). For the past decades, Prina Mello has been involved in developing roadmaps, large research and infrastructure innovation projects focused in translating basic research in clinical applications. Latest achievement, the contribution to the first clinical investigation of magnetic hyperthermia for pancreatic cancer treatment. Published >110 international peer-reviewed articles, 9 book chapters, several regulatory science and white papers, with invited guest-editor issues in nanomedicine and advanced technologies. Member of European associations focused on innovation, active member of the European Technology for Nanomedicine with past roles as Chair in Characterisation and Safety, and Education and Training. Within TTMI, Prina Mello is leading academic and industrial research under the LBCAM, providing pre-clinical characterisation, translational and regulatory guidance to national and international users.

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Mary Rogan (Associate Professor)

Lidia Tajber, New Fellow

Mary Rogan is an Associate Professor at the School of Law. She is the Principal Investigator of an ERC-funded project examining prison oversight. She is the author of two books, Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal Welfarism and Political Imprisonment (Routledge, 2011) and Prison Law (Bloomsbury, 2014), and the co-editor of Legal Cases that Changed Ireland (Clarus, 2016) and Pre-trial detention in Europe: A means of last resort? (Routledge, forthcoming). Mary is qualified as a barrister and is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, London. She is the Chairperson of the Implementation and Oversight Group on reforms to penal policy and a member of the inaugural Research Advisory Group to the Department of Justice. Mary is the President of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation and a former Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.

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Lina Zgaga (Associate Professor)

Etain Tannam, New Fellow

Lina Zgaga is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Associate Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Medicine. Lina joined TCD from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. She graduated medicine in 2005 (University of Zagreb), and subsequently obtained an MSc in Quantitative genetics and genome analysis (University of Edinburgh) and a PhD in genetic epidemiology (University of Zagreb). Her research focuses on vitamin D, gene-environment interactions, and new epidemiological methods and frameworks for determining causal associations. She is a proliferative researcher with over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles cited over 16,000 times, with some of her work receiving media coverage. She is a committed and talented teacher and mentor for students and researchers and was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Award. She is Athena SWAN champion for the School of Medicine and a supporter of greater integration of academia into society.

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Course Name


Bachelor in Global Business

Grace O'Connor Gollogley

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Corey Alwell
Saúl Gallego Martínez
Órlaith Henry

Chemical Sciences

Matthew Rowe

Children's and General Nursing

Katie Conlan
Nicola Stanley

Classics Computer Science

Ian Creedon

Computer Science

Samuel Alarco Cantos
Pavel Petrukhin

Dental Science

Ronan Aljohmani
Sandra Nasrallah
Peter Suresh
Miren Tellechea

Drama and Theatre Studies

Lucy Holmes
Morghan Welt

Economic and Social Studies

Nicole Hennessy
Caoimhe Johnson
Conor O'Brien


Oscar Toomey
Anna Woodcock

English Studies

Alfred Fletcher

Geography and Geoscience

Filip Bukowski
Anna Morrison


Ethan Hutchinson

History and Political Science

Félix Vanden Borre


Deirbhile Clenaghan
Cormac Donnelly
Rhianna Dorrian
Ben Gannon
Sean Heeran
Ciara O'Reilly

Law and Business

Jane Brazil
Emmanuel Ntemuse
Michael Ryan

Law and French

Shuyao Lu

Law and Political Science

Muireann Carton
Hugh Gallagher


Sean Fitzpatrick
Luke Hamilton


Jing Xian Choo
Sophie Coalter
Emily Doyle
Simon Hollingsworth
Columb Kavanagh
Aidan Kelly
Eimear Kyle
Mary McLoughlin
James Prendergast
Liz Shi Yun


Bolanle Adebayo
Lucy Hackett
Robyn Kiernan


David Boylan


Esther Ogbebor

Occupational Therapy

Zofia Dabrowska

Pharmacy Océane Cardot
Andrew Fleming
Nicola Maher


Claudia Friel
Iain MacLeod
Philosophy, Politcal Science, Economics and Sociology Kate Hyland
Conor Maher
Ella McGill
Finn McGrath


Aisling Kelleher
Ella Roberts
Psychology Erika Carroll
Laura McEvoy Roantree
Trinity Joint Honors Aoibh Crimmins
Peggy MacHale
Maisie McGregor
Seán O'Leary

Last updated 26 April 2021 by Email: Fellows & Scholars (Email).