Group Members

We are always looking for new PhD students, Postdocs, and Master students to join the team (see openings) !


Aaron Golden

Lab PI

  • BA (Mod.) Experimental Physics, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Computational Science, Queens University Belfast
  • PhD Astrophysics, University College Galway
  • Visiting Astronomer, Observatoire de Paris
  • Visiting Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Dúalta Ó Fionnagáin

IRC Postdoc, started October 2021
Dúalta is studying space weather around other planets, and planetary electrostatic discharges.

  • BA (Mod.) Physics and Astrophysics, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc Space Science & Technology, University College Dublin
  • PhD Astrophysics, Trinity College Dublin
  • IRC Govt. of Ireland Postdoc (2021-2023)

Parisa Taheri Foroushani

PhD Student, started Oct 2019
Parisa is studying the radiomics/radiogenomics of lung cancer.

  • BSc Physics, Isfahan University of Technology
  • MSc Medical Physics, Tarbiat Modares University

Sumaira Malik

PhD Student, started Oct 2019
Sumaira is studying links between small ncRNAs and immunotherapeutic response in cancer.

  • BS Bioinformatics, Comsats University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • MSc Computational Science and Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Deirdre Ní Chonchubhair

PhD Student, started Oct 2020
Deirdre is studying stellar magnetospheres using radio and optical observational data.

  • BSc Physics & Astrophysics, National University of Ireland Galway
  • MSc Astronomy, National University of Ireland Galway

Katie Pighini

MSc Student, started Sept 2021
Katie is studying the transient optical emission from nearby brown dwarfs.

  • BS Astrophysics & Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University, United States

Rob Ferguson

MSc Student, started Sept 2021
Rob is using nearby radio pulsars to study the interstellar and interplanetary medium using I-LOFAR.

  • BSc, Physics & Astronomy, National University of Ireland Galway

Jorinde Kleverlaan

PhD Student, started Oct 2021
Jorinde is studying the evolution of galactic pulsar populations.

Sai Chaitanya Susarla

PhD Student, started Oct 2021
Sai is using radio pulsars to remotely sense the interstellar and interplanetary medium.

Bachelor Students & Interns

David O’Callaghan

School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences Internship Programme, Summer 2021.
David used the I-LOFAR telescope to study the radio emissio from a nearby pulsar.

Jemima O’Farrell

Final Year Project (School of Physics), 2021-2022.
Jemima is working on methods to analyse data from the Hale Telescope’s CHIMERA high-speed imaging camera.

Elif Adıgüzel

Erasmus+ Internship Programme 2022.
Elif is working on data taken with the I-LOFAR radiotelescope to detect Uranian electrostatic discharges.


Eamon McAndrew

Role: Eamon worked as a Research Assistant funded by the HRB on the application of generative adversarial networks (GANs) in COVID radiology.
Contact Eamon here

Michael Geever

Role: Michael worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the EPA, and then SFI, on applying AI & statistical analytics to earth observation data.
Contact Michael here

Ben Nolan

Role: Ben completed a MSc thesis on the radiogenomic properties of luminal breast cancers
Ben is currently working as a Data Scientist at Pfizer.
Contact Ben here

Clare Lamont

Role: Clare completed a MSc thesis on a topological data analysis of the colorectal microbiome
Clare now works as a Diagnostic Technologist at Abbott Ireland.
Contact Clare here

Gavin Farrell

Role: Gavin completed a MSc on the biosynthetic gene cluster diversity in the colorectal microbiome
Gavin works as a Technical Officer at ELIXIR Hub, Europe based on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, UK.
Contact Gavin here

Luke Heneghan

Role: Luke completed a MSc on the diversity of Connemara kelp biofilm microbiomes
Luke is currently working as a Data Scientist at Pfizer.
Contact Luke here

Dr. Salam Dulaimi

Role: Just completed a PhD on the optical properties of late-M and early-L dwarf stars.
Contact Sal here

Donal O’Shea

Role: Donal completed a MSc on the functional association of genome duplications & and autism spectrum disorders
Donal is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences/NUI Galway.
Contact Donal here

Aran Casserly

Role: Aran completed a MSc on the development of a pipeline to process microbial microbiome data
Contact Aran here

Ella Lillis Greally

Role: Ella completed a MSc on profiling endogenous retroviral activity in prostate cancers
Contact Ella here

Lydia King

Role: Lydia completed a MSc on karyotype instability within chromosome 11 in breast cancers
Lydia is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences/NUI Galway.
Contact Lydia here

Ritasree Sengupta

Role: Ritasree completed a MSc on assessing dysbiosis in the colorectal microbiome
Ritasree is currently a Data Analyst at Natus Medical Incorporated.
Contact Rita here

Brian O’Sullivan

Role: Brian completed a MSc on radiosensitive gene expression profiles in prostate cancer
Brian is currently a PhD candidate at NUI Galway.
Contact Brian here

Tom Huxford

Role: Tom completed a MSc on modeling aptamer-conjugated Au nanoparticle radiosensitization
Tom has vanished!

Dalal AlSultan

Role: Dalal completed a MSc on screening for chemotherapeutic genes in marine fungal genomes
Dalal is a IRC funded PhD candidate at Dublin City University.
Contact Dalal here

Olateju Idowu

Role: Olateju completed a MSc on studying the retroviral transcriptome in prostate cancers
Olateju (‘TJ’) is a PhD candidate at the the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.
Contact Olateju here

Barry Digby

Role: Barry completed a MSc on a metabolite cluster analysis of thermophilic fungal genomes
Barry is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Sciences/NUI Galway.
Contact Barry here

Jack Mc Mahon

Role: Jack completed a MSc on characterising the prostate cancer microbiome
Jack is currently a Data Developer at Sega Europe.
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Laura Fahey

Role: Laura completed a MSc on extending codon usage bias to study putative pathogen genes using neural networks
Laura just defended her PhD thesis in NUI Galway!!
Contact Laura here

Dr. Kevin Shieh

Role: Completed a PhD on computational studies of de novo motif discovery in aptamer selections.
Currently Fellow at UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Contact Kevin here

Dr. David Rhee

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow. Supported a systems biology research effort for the pathogen Toxoplasma gondii by architecting and developing a data warehouse, toxoMine, based on the InterMine platform.
Currently Data Engineer at Facebook.
Contact David here

Dr. Pilib Ó Broin

Role: Completed a PhD on a genome-scale study of genetic & epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders.
Currently Lecturer in Bioinformatics, National University of Ireland Galway
Contact Pilib here

Dr. Leon Harding

Role: Completed a PhD on the kinematic properties of several nearby field brown dwarfs and tight binary systems using the GUFI high speed photometer at the Mount Graham International Observatoty.
Currently Research Associate Professor at Virginia Tech.
Contact Leon here

Dr. Stephen Bourke

Role: Completed a PhD on novel high throughput algorithms applied to interferometric imaging using networks of radio telescopes.
Most recently Senior Research Engineer, Onsala Space Observatory, Sweden.
Contact Stephen here

Dr. Alan Fergus

Role: Completed a PhD on boundary layer tracer suspension & dynamics by computationally modeling particulates in indoor environments.
Currently Data Layer Journey Lead at Ericsson.
Contact Alan here

Dr. Gregg Hallinan

Role: Completed a PhD on magnetospheric processes and auroral emission from brown dwarfs and very low mass stars.
Currently Professor of Astronomy at Caltech.
Contact Gregg here

Dr. Andrew McLellan

Role: Completed a MSc on predicting imprinted genes in the mouse genome using neural networks.
Currently Director of Analytical Methods at Sema4.
Contact Andy here

Dr. Paul Geeleher

Role: Completed a MSc on the design & implementation of a web-based microarray analysis platform.
Currently Assistant Professor, St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Contact Paul here

Dr. Caoilfhionn Lane

Role: Completed a PhD on a survey of magnetic spot activity on radio transient brown dwarfs.
Currently Software Engineer for Joulica.
Contact Caoilfhionn here

Dr. James Mc Donald

Role: Completed a PhD on novel computational implementation of the Discrete Dipole Approximation for high performance modeling of light scattering off particulates.
Currently Valeo Senior Expert, Valeo Vision Systems.
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Dr. Shaun Mahony

Role: Completed a PhD on the development and application of self organising neural networks for biological sequence analysis.
Currently Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Penn State University
Contact Shaun here

Dr. Padraig O’Connor

Role: Completed a PhD on the emission characteristics of pulsar magnetospheres by inverse-modelling methods.
Currently Principal Performance Engineer at QAD.
Contact Padraig here