Physiology Career Options and Opportunities: Series of Career Talks!

4 Feb 2021

This Spring, the Department of Physiology is hosting a number of alumni and friends of the BSc Physiology degree programme.

For this series of career talks, speakers will bring us on a journey along their career paths following their primary degrees and discuss training opportunities and new exciting roles following graduation. We will learn of the challenges and rewards of diversifying in new roles and entering new fields of study and research. Graduates will outline how they transitioned into new fields and roles within the clinical setting, pursued additional study, embraced international roles in North America and Europe, along with changing roles during a global pandemic!

We will welcome a broad range of speakers (15+ speakers) during the series with combined experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, healthcare, medical devices sector, medical sales, academia and medicine.


Session 1: Postgraduate Research Degrees: MSc by Research and Doctoral (PhD) Research

4th February 2021 @ 6pm

Chair: Dr David Burns


Ms Aoife Slyne, BSc Physiology                    

PhD Trainee & Lilly Research Scholar, Department of Physiology, University College Cork


Ms Sarah Drummond, BSc Physiology          

PhD Trainee & Senior Technical Officer, Department of Physiology, University College Cork


Mr Jack Leacy, BSc Sport and Exercise Science, MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology   

PhD Trainee, Department of Physiology, University College Cork


Session 2: Careers within the Clinical Setting: Clinical Physiology, Diagnostic Radiology and Clinical Perfusion

11th February @ 6pm

Chairs: Ms Roisin Coady & Dr Fiona McDonald


Ms Ella Murphy, BSc Physiology, MSc Audiology     

Diagnostic Audiologist at Beacon Audiology


Dr Aidan Karr, BSc Physiology, PhD  

Gastrointestinal Clinical Physiologist Trainee, Mercy University Hospital


Ms Lorraine Browne, BSc Physiology, MSc Clinical Perfusion

Clinical Perfusionist at Cork University Hospital


Session 3: Careers in Medicine, Clinical Perfusion and Physicians Associate

25th February 2021 @ 6pm

Chairs: Ms Roísín Ni Dhonnabhain & Dr David Burns


Dr Michael O’Sullivan, BSc Physiology, MB, BCh, BAO, MCAI

Specialist Anaesthesia Trainee, University Hospital Limerick


Dr Kevin Barry-Murphy, BSc Physiology, MB, BCh, BAO

Medical Intern, South-South West Hospital Group


Mr Eoin Hanrahan, BSc Physiology, BSc Diagnostic Radiography

Diagnostic Radiographer, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London


Ms Orla Brett, BSc Physiology, MSc Physician Associate Studies

Physician Associate in Upper GI Service, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin


Session 4: Doctoral Degree, what next?: Post-doctoral Research and Transitioning from Academia to Industry

4th March 2021 @ 6pm

Chairs: Ms Aoife Slyne & Dr David Burns


Dr Fiona McDonald, BSc Physiology and Pharmacology, PhD                      

Lecturer & SIRG Investigator, Department of Physiology, University College Cork  


Dr Andrew O’Leary, BSc Physiology, PhD

Technical Scientist, BioTherapeutics Development API at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson


Dr Karen O’Connor, BSc Physiology, PhD

Technical Scientist, BioTherapeutics Development API at The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson


Session 5: Careers in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Industry

18th March 2021 @6pm

Chair: Ms Billie Mae Giltenane & Dr David Burns


Ms Deirdre Keena, BSc Physiology, MSc Bio-therapeutics and Business

Quality Control Sample Management Analyst, Pfizer


Mr William Hickey, BSc Physiology, MSc Biomedical Science

Research & Development Engineer, Boston Scientific


Ms Jean Ryan, BSc Physiology

Senior Global Marketing Manager (Limb reconstruction), Smith and Nephew


Dr Edward O’Connor, BSc Physiology, PhD

Medical Science Liaison, EMEA at 3M





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