Dr. Aoife O'Sullivan


Aoife joined UCC in August 2014 on a permanent contract as a Technical Officer for 1st Year Chemistry. She delivers and coordinates the undergraduate Chemistry laboratory practicals (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical) for 1st Year students.

In December 2014, Aoife was selected on a competitive basis as a UCC candidate to attend the Aurora Leadership Programme run by the Leadership Foundation. This was the first Aurora programme run in Ireland with all Universities and Institutes of Technology from across the country represented. Aurora is a leadership development initiative for women in higher education that combines education, mentoring and on-line resources to provide learning with a more enduring impact. Aurora provides an additional opportunity for women to influence their institutions and to develop leadership skills.

Aoife is also involved in Outreach activities representing the Chemistry Department at Open Days and Science Events. ISTA Conference 2015  'I Wish' 2015

Employment History:

Dec 2013 – Aug 2014
Analytical Development Chemist
Analytical Development, GlaxoSmithKline, Curraghbinny, Cork                  

Jun 2012 – Jun 2013
Research Scientist & Project Coordinator, Early Infant Nutrition
Food for Health Ireland, Teagasc Moorepark/University College Cork     

Aug 2008 – May 2012
Analytical Chemist (Analyst) – Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
Medical Bureau of Road Safety, University College Dublin, Dublin 4

2007 – 2008 Coordinator of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Module
Medical Faculty, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2                  

2006 – 2007 Senior Demonstrator Pharmaceutical Chemistry             
Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2

June - Sept 2003
Research Assistant
Surgery Dept, Education & Research Centre, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

1997 – 2002 Part-time Laboratory Assistant (Whole Time Equivalent ~ 2 years)
Toxicology Laboratory, Chemical Pathology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Research Interests

While not undertaking research presently, Aoife is interested in:

  • The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Technology assisted Learning
  • Advances in Mass Spectrometry
  • Forensic Analytical Toxicology


PhD in Synthetic Organic & Inorganic Chemistry in the Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Professional Activity

Work Area

  • Co-manage and train a team of 35 demonstrators (postgraduate students) who assist in the teaching of the laboratory practical classes.
  • Provide technical support and training for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes.
  • Liaison with academic staff and subsidiary working groups in relation to continuous improvement of laboratory practicals.
  • Responsible for the management of student attendance and collation of results.
  • Outreach & Recruitment activities.
  • Implementation and monitoring of safety procedures within laboratories.
  • Ordering and maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment.


  • Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Member of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT)
  • Member of The Association of Clinical Biochemists in Ireland (ACBI)
  • Member of Irish Mass Spectrometry Society (IMSS)


  • Member of 1st Year Semesterisation Working Group

Training courses

Teaching Activity

  • Preparation, coordination and development of undergraduate Chemistry laboratory practicals (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical) for 1st Year students (CK402, CK404, CK405, CK406, CK407, CK408, CK504, CK505, CK600) and Organic practicals for 2nd Year students (CM2101 and CM2010). Total approx. 500 students per week.



Dr. Aoife O'Sullivan

Contact Details:


Technical Officer


2008: PhD Chemistry (Royal College of Surgeons)
2003: BA (Mod) Chemistry (Trinity College Dublin)

Work Area:

1st Year Teaching



School of Chemistry


University College Cork, College Rd, Cork, Ireland