Meet the 2017 Science for All Finalists - Stephanie Flynn

3 Apr 2017
Spotlight on Stephanie Flynn

Stephanie Flynn, School of Microbiology

Bile: the unusual suspect in lung disease

My name is Stephanie Flynn and I’m a final year PhD student in the BIOMERIT Research Centre in the School of Microbiology.

I’m originally from Waterford, I came to UCC to pursue a Bachelor of Genetics. As part of my undergraduate degree, I completed a research project with Dr. Jerry Reen and Professor Fergal O’Gara, investigating how the transfer of bile from the stomach into the lungs could affect the progression of lung disease in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). I had never considered an academic career before but I was so captivated by the work that I decided to apply for an Irish Research Council Scholarship in order to continue my research in this area. To date, we have found that bile is a central player in causing the emergence of dominant bacterial infections particularly Pseudomonas aeruginosa which causes death in up to 80% of patients with CF.

At the core of all of my research is patient welfare and I really hope that my research may be translated in to new clinical management strategies in order to improve treatments and patient outcomes. 

I entered the Science for All competition as it was a great opportunity to present my research and improve my ability to communicate scientifically with a lay audience!

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