The UCD STEM Challenge Fund is a joint initiative between the three UCD Colleges of Science, Engineering & Architecture, and Health & Agricultural Sciences to support highly collaborative and high-impact STEM research in UCD.
We are delighted to share the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences awardees and their project titles below,
Dr Stephen Thorpe: Development of a pancreatic cancer-on-chip model of immune cell infiltration
Dr Clare Reynolds: Weighing in on breastmilk bioactives – the impact of breastmilk pro-inflammatory bioactives on infant growth and development.
Dr Mark Pickering: Accessible solutions for measuring marine microplastics.
Professor Kate Pumpa: Peak performance wearables: When near enough isn’t good enough.
Professor James Jones: Perfecting an artifical skin.
Dr Eoin Brennan: Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived human blood vessel organoids as a powerful model to investigate vascular development and disease.
Dr Simon Hodge: Circles within circles: the response of hemp to a bio-fertilizer derived from insect farming and repurposed food waste.
Dr Stephen Lalor: Developing a workflow to map metatranscriptomic data to metagenomic taxonomical characterisation of the lower airway microbiome to reveal functionally active bacteria in the development of severe asthma.
For a full list of awardees and proposals across the three colleges please visit the STEM Funding webpage below,