International Women’s Day 2019

Zsuzanna Kovacs

I am a Biotechnologist in the Horvath Csaba Laboratory of Bioseparation Sciences, Research Centre for Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary. I will start work in NIBRT, Ireland because my endometriosis application has been awarded in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action.

This grant gives me an opportunity to learn novel techniques as a member of an international and prestigious organisation. I will study endometriosis, which is a poorly understood disease in women, and try to find novel non-invasive biomarkers from patient samples. I’m really excited about my new challenge and hope I can improve the quality of women’s lives.


Claudette Pretorius

“My name is Claudette Pretorius and I am an early stage researcher on the Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded ITN, TEAM (Technology Enabled Youth Mental Health). I’m originally from South Africa and moved from Cape Town to Dublin, to join TEAM and start my PhD at UCD. Coming to Dublin has been such an adventure and I’m lucky that my husband has been able to join me here. We love living in a city that is full of people from various backgrounds and that Dublin always seems to be growing and learning. We also really love the beauty that Ireland offers.


Angela Maria Coral Medina

My name is Angela Maria Coral Medina, I was born and raised in Colombia. When I was 18 years old, I studied English for one year in Australia. Back in Colombia, I finished my BSc in Industrial Microbiology and after two years of work experience as a Laboratory analyst, I did an MSc in Molecular Biology with Biotechnology in United Kingdom. Currently, I am an Early Stage Researcher and PhD candidate in UCC, Ireland. My research project belongs to the YEASTDOC Programme funded by European Union H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. I am really enjoying this part of my life.

During my career, I have understood the value of diversity; I think that people of different gender, race, origin and religion will always contribute something positive to my life. In Ireland, I am fascinated by the beautiful landscapes and I am very glad to meet amazing people from different backgrounds. Ireland is open to welcome international students and employees, with the support of organisations such as EURAXESS. Today, I want to highlight the importance of women sharing moments with me, here in Ireland. They are women working in science and friends from other disciplines who are strong, that know their special role in society, and the most important, that support other women.


Junying Liu

I am Junying Liu and work in the University of Limerick as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Career- FIT Fellow. I have worked on algal production for nearly ten years and algal bioproduct is an area of real interest to me. Microalgae are ideal platforms with the potential to meet the large impending demand of biopharmaceutical and human nutraceutical production as they are fast-growing solar-powered biofactories. For this reason, algae have attracted great attention in the human nutraceutical sector. The overall aim of this project is to meet this demand through a systems biology approach. I quite like this country because it’s a wonderful and peaceful place.


Caitlin Cowan

I am a psychologist and neuroscientist from Sydney, Australia. I moved to Cork to work at APC Microbiome Ireland, part of University College Cork, because of its great reputation for advancing our understanding of the microbiome. The microbiome is made up of microscopic bugs that live in our guts and affect our health in many interesting ways, but I’m most interested in how the microbiome can influence our behaviour and our mental health, right from the beginning of our lives.