Dylan O’Donovan wins Runner-Up Award at SEFS Graduate-of-the-Year ceremony
Dylan O'Donovan has been one of the top students in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) over the past four years, having obtained a SEFS undergraduate award on each consecutive year since his registration.
Members of the Molecular Cell Biology lab in the School of Biochemistry pictured here with Dylan: Jennifer Timoney, Sara Hanscom, Dylan O’ Donovan, Professor Mary McCaffrey and Patrycja Artemiuk.
Dylan O’Donovan last year completed his BSc in Biomedical Science (Hons) jointly between UCC and CIT, achieving a 1st Class Honours degree. He has been one of the top students in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) over the past four years, having obtained a SEFS undergraduate award on each consecutive year since his registration. In his final year, 2013-2014, his overall average was 82% - a truly exceptional score in Biomedical Science.
Dylan’s excellent academic track record is complemented by his ‘green fingers’ for experimental/bench work, a quality that was very apparent when he worked as a summer research student in the School of Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 2013 and 2014.
Dylan now plans to continue his career in research with the recent award of a UCC Strategic Research Fund PhD Studentship Award, to undertake research under the supervision of Professor Mary McCaffrey, on the topic entitled “An investigation of MAP kinase phosphorylation of the GRAB protein and functional consequences thereof on its binding to Rab 11 and Rab 8 and muscle cell physiology “. His research will be part of an ongoing collaboration between the McCaffrey group and Dr Anton Bennett’s group in Yale University.
In addition to Dylan’s exceptional intellectual and practical scientific skills, he is a very rounded, anchored and kind person. It is extremely rare to find the combination of such high academic, research and personality qualities in one individual. These outstanding qualities equip Dylan extremely well for a successful scientific career. We wish him well on his chosen career path.