PhD Students

Sonia Lenehan

PhD Title: The effect of environmental enrichment on neurodevelopment in term babies

 Sonia Lenehan graduated from UCC in 2016 with a B. Sc (Hons) in Neuroscience. Sonia is currently a PhD research student with the INFANT centre since 2017. The title of her PhD is “The effect of environmental enrichment on neurodevelopment in term babies.”  Her PhD will look at environmental enrichment, in the form of lifestyle and sensory experience, and its effect on the brain. Sonia will use eye-tracking as a way to asses social cognition in different groups of infants.


Marc O'Sullivan

PhD Title: Liquid Biopsy in the Newborn

Marc O’Sullivan is a National Children’s Research Centre, Crumlin, funded PhD candidate with the Department of Paediatrics since 2014. His research originally focused on core temperature variations of infants with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy. His PhD is focused around miRNA profiling in cord blood for both neonatal growth and brain development. This work is in infants that experienced early rapid weight gain prior to childhood obesity, and infants born with perinatal asphyxia respectively


Soraia Ventura 

PhD Title: Electroencephalographic Study of the Effect of Massage on Infant Sleep

Soraia is a funded PhD candidate at INFANT centre. Her background is in Neurophysiology and her main interests are within the area of Electroencephalography.  After gaining relevant experience in the clinical field, Soraia is currently working on the Electroencephalographic Study of the Effect of Massage on Infant Sleep and is supervised by Prof Geraldine Boylan and Dr Sean Mathieson. Soraia’s conducting the EEG assessments on the infants participating in the BabySMART study at their 4-month visit. Her goal is to analyse the role of a program of structured infant massage on neurodevelopment and quality of sleep.

Department of Paediatrics & Child Health

Péidiatraic agus Sláinte Leanaí

Floor 2, Paediatric Unit, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork,