The Navigator

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An interview with Data Compliance and Protection Manager, Hilary Lemass, by Eimear Doyle.

It’s all hands on deck as we negotiate perilous waters – from genetics to oncology to mushrooms to giant African frogs…to wine coolers and dark chocolate…

Tell me a bit about your background?

I have a degree in genetics and a PhD in oncology, colon cancer. I stayed in academia post doc’ing for a while, working on projects from breast cancer to finding a biological controls for the mushroom industry. But the last project with giant African frogs got the better of me and I moved out into Pharma industry. Read More

The Artful Dodger

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An interview with Research Scientist, Sam Carthy, by Eimear Doyle.

Talking to an aspiring writer proves to be a bit tricky. He’s careful not to use metaphors lest I misuse them! Where did he get that idea???

What’s your background, Sam?

I started with GMI straight out of college after an interview with Judith Conroy in Research and Regina Regan in Labs.

I did my undergrad in genetics in UCD and I had done a number of summer research internships in labs, so I thought the idea of the clinical study in the disease areas was really interesting. And it was happening in Ireland, the first of its kind, it seemed like an amazing opportunity. Read More

The Tearaway

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An Interview with Clinical Partnerships Leader, David Kavanagh, by Eimear Doyle.

Having it every-which-way: Part-time farmer/ Full- time scientist, David talks with me about start-ups, air-miles, science, transience, and goats, of course!

David, what made you want to work in science?

My parents would say I was always asking questions…Why? Why? Why? I was a “tearaway” in school…really! But I was always good at biology, had a great teacher, so I gravitated towards it.

First year General Science was tough though as I hadn’t had the opportunity to study physics and chemistry for the Leaving Cert–I did a Biochemistry undergrad in UCC, then a PhD in biochemistry -cardiovascular research. It was cell level work, lab work in UCD, so I moved up to the big smoke. Read More

The YouTube Hunter Gatherer

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david-cotter-for-profileAn Interview with Senior Software Developer, David Cotter, by Eimear Doyle.

As usual, I am out of my comfort zone. Software Development is the unenviable terrain I am about to traverse this time. Think patterns? Think Big Data? Apparently not!

According to our Head of Software Development, David Cotter, it’s think deep…think magic!!

Tell me about your background before GMI?

I’ve worked in three main areas of software development. My first job was in email servers, and then telecoms, then payment card security. So life sciences was a very big change! Read More


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raonyAn interview with Senior Bioinformatician, Raony Guimaraes, by Eimear Doyle.

It was not without trepidation that I approached this interview with Raony. A what? A Bioinformatician? Never heard of it! Would I even know what to ask him? Give me accountants, business development geeks, salespeople, financiers any day, and I can talk the talk…

So here goes…an insight into the world of “Science and Genomics”

Raony, tell us what you do on a typical working day?

My typical day usually is a mixture of reading, writing, coding, meetings, replying to e-mails, doing interviews and preparing presentations.

It always starts with coffee, because there is nothing better than coffee to start a good day!

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From the Classroom to the Coal Face

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An Interview with Clinical Partnerships Leader, Jackie Dolan, by Eimear Doyle.

I talked to Jackie Dolan about her transition from research in university to GMI, from working at her own pace on a linear plane to participating in a collaborative project. The challenges. The pitfalls. The rewards.

Jackie, can you tell us about your background in genetics?

I achieved my Ph.D. working on the genetics of neuro-developmental disorders in the Genetics Department in Trinity College Dublin. My beautiful sister has a rare undiagnosed neuro-developmental disorder and has always been my inspiration to work in this area to try and increase our knowledge of what causes of these diseases and how prevent or treat them. During my Ph.D. I was lucky to identify a gene which we got to name ELFN1. Read More

The Beachcomber

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judith-conroy-profileAn Interview with Research Programme Manager, Judith Conroy, by Eimear Doyle.

I talk to Judith Conroy, our resident geneticist, about moving beaches, digging for bodies in the bogs…and death beds…honestly, it’s all in a day’s work!

Tell me about yourself and your background?

I’m a geneticist. I started in the academic world; a degree in Human Genetics in Trinity followed by a Ph.D. in Neuropsychiatric genetics, specialising in Autism. Read More

A Higher Calling

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An interview with Software Developer, Rafal Janicki, by Eimear Doyle.

I’m just about computer literate…so programming, documenting, testing, and bug fixing — what does this all mean in the day-to-day role of a software developer?

It usually starts with a short meeting with my team leader where we discuss what we’ve done in the previous day or week. We then make a quick planning of what should be done in the current week. We may have to discuss a new part of application (or even a whole new application) we are working on, and we spend couple of hours with the whiteboard ‘brainstorming’ a lot. Read More

The Table Turner

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An interview with Eimear Doyle, Recruitment Manager.

The tables were turned a few times by my interviewees. So here are some of the questions interviewees asked me.

Judith Conroy asks: What is your aim for GMI?

Growth in a healthy way. I see my role as getting everyone’s ideas on board about culture and making sure we adapt accordingly. The culture here means people are innovative, challenging, respectful and put their opinions out there. There’s an emphasis on creativity and no right or wrong. GMI is so new and everyone is so excited. Read More