Research Team

Dr Marie Conway PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Marie ConwayDr Marie Conway graduated from Ulster University, Coleraine in 2015, with a BSc in Human Nutrition with Diploma in Professional Practice. Following this, she completed her PhD with the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS) research group at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health at Ulster University, Coleraine in 2019. Marie’s PhD focused on the role of diet and genetics in influencing the biological status of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in pregnant women, women of child-bearing age, and cord blood samples. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and presented at international conferences.

Marie has a keen interest in maternal and child nutrition, particularly how maternal health and nutrition during pregnancy can influence child health outcomes. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the UCD Perinatal Research Centre, working primarily on the ongoing ROLO Preteens follow-up study, and is also involved in the running of the LatchOn breastfeeding intervention study, and supervision of research staff and postgraduate students. 

Mr David Byrne MPH, Research Assistant

David graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2014, with a degree in Natural Sciences with a moderatorship in Immunology. Subsequently, he completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2016. David joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre in 2017 and is currently primarily working on the ongoing SFI funded projects Microbe Mom and GetGutsy.

Louise Curtin, MSc, Research Assistant

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Louise graduated from UCD in 2017 with a BSc in Zoology. In 2019, she completed a Masters in Human Nutrition specialised in Public Health at the University of Glasgow. Following her Masters, she was employed by the University of Glasgow as a research assistant working primarily on child and infant nutrition. Louise joined the UCD Perinatal Research Centre in 2020 and is currently focusing on the ongoing ROLO PreTeen follow up study.