Katie Togher, BSc Neuroscience graduate 2013.
Katie graduated from University College Cork (UCC) in 2013. Having developed a passion for developmental biology during her studies in Neuroscience, she has remained in UCC to undertake a PhD with the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC). Her current research aims to assess the impact of Maternal Prenatal Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome on the microbiome in a population of nulliparous pregnant women and to determine the effect that this might have on the development of the infant microbiome in the first few months of life. She also has a keen interest in molecular biology and has spent part of her time in UCC investigating the molecular mechanisms in the placenta that regulate fetal glucocorticoid exposure.
Comments on the Neuroscience Degree
"My time in UCC studying Neuroscience was one of the best of my life so far. I found the neuroscience degree itself great, not only does it allow the development of a thorough knowledge of neuroscience; it equips you with a range of skills and techniques that enable you to move forward into a career in neuroscience and related research. In addition to the academic benefits, the course has such a small and intricate infrastructure which provides a great platform to network and meet new people and I am very grateful to have met some of the most amazing people and made great friends during my studies. I would highly recommend studying Neuroscience at UCC for any hard working individual with an interest in discovering and exploring the wonder of the human brain".