Meet the 2017 Science for All Finalists - Elaine Enright

3 Apr 2017
Spotlight on Elaine Enright

Elaine Enright, School of Pharmacy & APC Microbiome Institute

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My name is Elaine Enright and I hail from the beautiful village of Castleconnell in Co. Limerick. I am a registered pharmacist, having graduated from University College Cork in 2014 in receipt of the School of Pharmacy Medal for Highest Achieving Student in the BPharm degree. Subsequent to this, I obtained a Masters in Pharmacy from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2015. During my studies, I completed several internships in the pharmaceutical and regulatory sectors (at Servier Laboratories Ireland and at the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), Dublin), as well as in clinical pharmacy settings.

As an undergraduate, I developed a keen interest in Pharmaceutics, or dosage form (medicine) design, and undertook summer research and my final year project in this area, under the supervision of one of my current PhD supervisors Dr Brendan Griffin.

In October 2015, I returned to UCC and I am presently pursuing a PhD in Pharmaceutics, funded by a prestigious Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. My PhD research, which is a collaboration between the APC Microbiome Institute and the School of Pharmacy, is supervised by Drs Brendan Griffin, Cormac Gahan and Susan Joyce. This four year trans-disciplinary work programme seeks to explore the effect of the gut microbiota (gut bacteria) on altering drug uptake from the gastrointestinal tract and, in particular, the potential clinical implications of this interplay. It is expected that this research will uncover new mechanisms by which the microbiota can influence individual patient responses to medicines.

Passionate about communicating my research, I was eager to enter this year’s Science For All competition. I hope that this experience will serve to expedite my dream of one day becoming a science communicator and advocate for all things research!

Outside of academia, I enjoy creative writing, music (and on occasion singing!) and exploring the great outdoors! 

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