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Welcome to the SBBS Community Showcase!     

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The SBBS Community Showcase is an EDI initiative to showcase our entire School Community and all SBBS activities. If you would like to be a part of our school community showcase please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you! Email liz.hannon@ucd.ie for more information

Meet our Featured Students from the 2021-2022 academic year - Undergraduates Kellie, Fatima, Sennan & Anupa, MSc student Julia & PhD students Tara, Carina, Patricie & Ivan - who tell us why they chose to study Science and also about their lives at UCD, their interests and pastimes


Anupa Paulose SBBS Community Showcase

My name is Anupa Sara Paulose and I am a 3rd year Pharmacology student in UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. I originally come from a small town in South India. 

My decision to major in pharmacology stems from working with elderly nuns in a convent part-time for the last few years. One of the nuns would always ask me to find a cure for all her problems and I would jokingly tell her that I definitely will after my degree! Although I do not know when I can achieve this, I definitely want to try and make a difference in their lives one day. This dream grew my love for research especially in the neuropharmacology area.  

Apart from my academic life, I am currently the team leader of Enactus UCD, an organisation which works on social enterprises. I look after 5 social enterprises that we run in UCD with our committee. Three UCD SBBS students and I, also co-found the social enterprise buyrish.ie to support small Irish businesses during the height of the pandemic last year.  

Fatima ButtHi! My name is Fatima Butt, and I am a final year Pharmacology student in UCD SBBS. I was born in Pakistan, but I’ve been living in Ireland for most of my life. 

I never would’ve seen myself to be studying Biology, let alone specialising in Pharmacology! I did biology, chemistry and physics for my Leaving Certificate and I didn’t know what subject to choose (I loved all three, and still have a keen interest in all three fields). After finishing my first year in the NPF route, I’m very content about my choice in Biology. Literally I can’t emphasise how happy I am! 

I’m really excited to see where Pharmacology takes me. I’ve always had a fascination with drug development and the pharmaceutical industry. I’ve recently become keen on the academic side as well, and currently I am researching the role of mast cells in epilepsy as part of my final year project. Neuropharmacology, along with cardiovascular pharmacology, are two areas that have intrigued me ever since Stage 2. I’m not sure on what I would like to do after my bachelors, but I’m looking forward to seeing what Science has to offer me. My current obstacle is to figure out what I would like to pursue after my bachelors. Perhaps a masters in Biotechnology & Business, or Biotherapeutics & Business; there are so many options to choose from, so it is quite challenging! 

I love to get involved in student life, so along with academics, I am currently UCD Senior Student Ambassador, President of UCD Biological Society, and co-Class Representative of Pharmacology. I’m also in the middle of completing the gold Gaisce award this year. If you have any questions regarding Science at UCD or anything UCD really, I’m probably a good person to give a shout! My email is fatima.butt@ucdconnect.ie

 Carina Hof SBBS Community Showcase

Hi, my name is Carina Hof and I will be working under the supervision of Dr. Cormac Murphy to investigate the molecular mechanism behind biofilm growth of the fungus Cunninghamella. In my free time I like to go on hikes, go to a pub with friends or read a book. Looking forward to meeting many of you at UCD!

 1xPatricie Niemcova SBBS Community ShowcaseI am Patricie Niemcová, currently working on "Application of the fungus Cunninghamella in phosphate recycling and bioremediation" in the Cormac Murphy group. Besides working on my PhD, I can always make time for a good cup of coffee. 

Ivan Krupa SBBS Community Showcase

My name is Ivan Krupa and I am starting a PhD project under the supervision of Associate Professor John Crean with the title; ‘Defining the extracellular microenvironment for the efficient generation of iPSC derived kidney organoids’. The project will aim to how the extracellular microenvironment influences cell fate in the context of iPSC derived kidney organoid derivation. My hobbies and interests include music, health and fitness and the latest in science that is broadly centered around my research area.

Meet our Featured Researchers - Lisa Lombardi and Liam Reynolds

 751x358LiamReynolds&LisaLombardiLisa and Liam are post-doctoral researchers in SBBS. In their blogs they tell us about their research work and also about the new SBBS Post-doc forum they have set up to to bring the postdoc community together to discuss work, experience, interests and any challenges that they face.

Meet our Featured Teaching Staff -  Associate Prof Siobhán McClean and Prof Orina Belton 

On International Women's Day 2021 the SBBS Community Showcase was launched with video presentations from two of our teaching staff , Associate Prof Siobhán McClean, Head of Biochemistry and Prof Orina Belton, Head of Pharmacology. In these videos they talk about their teaching and research work and life as an academic in UCD.

Contact the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

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