Meet the 2017 Science for All Finalists - Ciara O'Donovan

3 Apr 2017
Spotlight on Ciara O'Donovan

Ciara O’Donovan, School of Microbiology, Teagasc & APC Microbiome Institute

“Never travelling alone”: the impact of travel on the gut microbiota

My name is Ciara O’ Donovan and I am from Clonakilty in Co. Cork. I graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Science from Cork Institute of Technology in 2015. I am currently in my second year of my PhD based in Teagasc in Fermoy. When I am not in the lab, I really love to bake, go for walks and to the cinema.

My research is on the impact of travel on the gut microbiota (the bacteria that live in our GI tract). My research involves studying the bacterial populations of individuals while they were at home and then following them during travel to between 1 and 4 different destinations. My research may lead to interventions to prevent people suffering digestive issues when they travel.

I entered the competition as I really enjoy participating in activities which allow me to interact with the general public and tell them about science and research. So when the opportunity came up to present my own research to a public audience I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. From participating in this competition I feel like I have gained a lot of confidence in my ability to present my work which I believe will help me in communicating my research in the future, not only to a general audience but also to the scientific community. I have learned a lot about how to prepare and practice for a good presentation as well as how to write a scientific message for the general public.

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