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Caitlin Cowan

Caitlin Cowan

Coordinator

Psychologist and neuroscientist with a serious case of wanderlust. I moved from Australia to Cork to study the connection between our guts, brains, and mental health. Can’t wait to share some science and a few pints!

Lekha Menon Margassery

Lekha Menon Margassery

Coordinator

A Marine Biotechnologist who loves to explore drugs from marine bacteria associated with sponges. Head of the UCC Indian Alumni and a board member of UCC Alumni Network. Passionate about science and dance, would love to talk about it during pints.

Arno Fricke

Arno Fricke

Organizer

I am a microbiology Ph.D. student at UCC. My project aims to advance technology to turn dairy wastewater into bioplastic. I am glad to be back for PoS2019 to bring science from the lab to some of the best pubs of Cork.

Conor Feehily

Conor Feehily

Organizer

I’m a microbiologist by day and a home brewer by night. Currently looking for new probiotics to improve human health and studying the bacteria that live on our body. When I need a break from science, I lace up the runners and hit the roads & trails.

Erin Harris

Erin Harris

Organizer

I’m an American neuroscientist in UCC studying how biological sex affects susceptibility to stress-related depression. Outside the lab, I love singing and enjoying a pint of cider. Looking forward to sharing some science in the pub!

Franziska Huff

Franziska Huff

Organizer

A PhD student and a science enthusiast with an inquisitive mind, am always good for a laugh. Apart from research, I enjoy photography and nature. Let us share a pint and talk science to spread fascination and knowledge amongst the public!

Joana Pereira

Joana Pereira

Organizer

I like to be a scientist, thinking about neuroimmunity, guts and the sky.
I always keep asking questions.
Wondering how, and what and why.
I was wondering about the microbiome and I thought...
It's gut to be it!

Kirsten Harold

Kirsten Harold

Organizer

I am a post-doctoral researcher at APC Microbiome Ireland. As a nutritional scientist, I am studying how diet modulates the connection between our gut and brain. Love food and science! Excited to be part of the PoS team!

Minal Jaggar

Minal Jaggar

Organizer

Neuroscientist and science outreach enthusiast, curious about everything. I study how the bacteria in the gut controls mood. My motto: Assume Nothing and Question Everything! Looking forward to some science discussion over pints.

Rachel Furlong

Rachel Furlong

Organizer

Neuroscientist and Sports enthusiast! My PhD research focuses on 1. Why are brain cells dying in Parkinson’s disease? and 2. How can we protect them? I am passionate about sharing science with everyone and can’t wait to help bring this festival to Cork!

Francesco Floris

Francesco Floris

Organizer

Born to be a physicist, I obtained a PhD in Physics at the University of Pavia (Italy). I am currently working at Tyndall National Institute in the Photonics Packaging Group dealing with Research and Development related to Photonics Nanotechnologies.

Kevin Shortiss

Kevin Shortiss

Organizer

I’m currently a PhD student in the integrated photonics group in Tyndall. I’ve been studying a method of filtering wavelengths of light, by shining lasers into one another. When I’m not in the lab, you’ll probably find me sitting around a board game.

Sandhyarani Analakkattillam

Sandhyarani Analakkattillam

Organizer

Applied Chemistry postgraduate with a specialization in pharmaceutical chemistry and 8 years of experience in Pharma industries as an Analytical Chemist/LIMS trainer. Besides science, I love traveling, crocheting and watching movies.

Sarah Nicolas

Sarah Nicolas

Organizer

I am a junior postdoctoral neurobiologist at UCC. I'm here to explore the role of the gut microbiota in the influence of our environment on the development of cognitive disorders! Science lover and beer drinker, can't wait to meeting you during a PoS event in 2019!

Simon Spichak

Simon Spichak

Organizer

Canadian neuroscientist and casual barista. Studying the role of gut microbes in early brain development during the day, and film enthusiast by night. Like good coffee, I believe that science is something that needs to be shared!