Awards

2016

Anne Marie Power: COST Action Funded

Anne Marie Power has had a COST Action funded (as secondary proposer). The number / title of the network is 'CA15216 - European Network of Bioadhesion Expertise: Fundamental Knowledge to Inspire Advanced Bonding Technologies'. Anne Marie Power is participating in several woorking groups and is a member of the outreach and dissemination panel). Anyone interested in taking part can request to join at http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15216?management

 

Kathryn Fee: Marine Institute Networking Grant

Kathryn has obtained a Networking Grant from Marine Institute Ireland, to the value of €1000. This will go towards the cost of attending The World Biomaterials Congress, 17th - 22nd May in Montreal, Canada. Kathryn will present her research entitled 'Utilising Bioprocessing to Create Unique Ion-substituted Marine Coccolith Structures to Aid Bone Remodelling'.

 

2015

Kathryn Fee: Marine Institute Networking Grant

Kathryn has obtained a Networking Grant from Marine Institute Ireland, to the value of €1000. This will go towards a lab placement, in the School of Biological Sciences at St Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA.

 

2014

Kathryn Fee: Awarded PhD

Kathryn successfully defended her VIVA in December of this year and will graduate from Queen’s University Belfast in July.

 

Robert Phelan: Awarded PhD

Robert successfully defended his VIVA on 'Bacillus Species with Novel Bioactivities from Marine Sponges'

 

Lekha Menon Margassery: Finalist Mars One Project

One of the 705 finalists across the globe selected for the Mars One project. The selection process for the next round will be sometime around next month http://www.mars-one.com, http://corkindependent.com/20140709/news/i-want-to-live-on-mars-S87019.html

 

Julieanne Megaw: Awarded PhD

Juileanne successfully defended her VIVA in June of this year and will graduate from Queen’s University Belfast in December.

 

2013

Burkhardt Flemer: Awarded PhD

Burkhardt successfully defended his VIVA on 'Antimicrobial Activities and Diversity of Sponge Derived Microbes'

 

Jaimie-Leigh Jonker: Awarded PhD

Jaimie-Leigh successfully defended her VIVA on 'The natural adhesive of the goose barnacle Lepas anatifera: functional morphology and chemistry of the adhesive gland and an investigation of the adhesive proteins’

 

Stephen Jackson: Awarded PhD

Stephen successfully defended his VIVA on 'Exploiting the Diverse Microbial Ecology of Marine sponges' 

Lekha Margassery: Awarded PhD

Lekha successfully defended her VIVA on 'Biodiscovery of Natural products from microbes associated with Irish coastal sponges'

 

Kathryn Fee: Marine Institute Travel Bursary

Kathryn obtained a travel grant from Marine Institute Ireland €750 towards the cost of attending 25th European Society of Biomaterials Conference, in Madrid.

 

Julieanne Megaw: Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline Poster Award

Julieanne won the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and GlaxoSmithKline Poster Award for her poster entitled ‘Investigating Halophilic Microorganisms as a Source Of Novel Antibiotics‘ at the UK PharmSci Conference, which was held in Edinburgh in September

 

Susan Clarke: Marine Institute Travel Bursary

Susan received a travel grant from Marine Institute Ireland €750 towards a visit to Nortwestern University, Evanston, Chicago in August 2013 to present invited seminar entitled Marine Organisms for Bone Tissue Engineering.

 

Kathryn Fee: First Prize, Biomaterials Section

Kathryn was awarded 1st prize for her oral presentation “Evaluation of Calcium Release from Bioresorbable Composites using Accelerated Degradation Techniques” in the Biomaterials Section at the Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland, 19th Bioengineering in Ireland Conference, which was held in Dublin.

 

Kathryn Fee: Student Bursary BinI19 Conference, Jan

Kathryn Fee, Beaufort PhD student who was awarded a Student Bursary in order to attend and present at the 19th Bioengineering in Ireland Conference in Jan 2013

 

2012

Lekha Menon Margassery, PhD Researcher of the Year, Environmental Research Institute.

The ERI Researcher of the Year award recognises researchers that, through their original work, have made a substantial contribution to environmental, energy and marine research in UCC. Lekha received the award for her PhD research work on “Biodiscovery of natural products from microbes associated with Irish coastal sponges” (supervised by Dr. John Morrissey and Prof. Alan Dobson). The marine biodiscovery project aims to develop antimicrobials with novel modes of action to combat the increase in antibiotic resistance among clinical microbes. The project has identified one particular Streptomycete that synthesises three distinct bioactive metabolites that could serve as leads for new drugs. http://www.ucc.ie/en/eri/newsandevents/newsarchive/fullstory-340626-en.html

 

Jaimie-Leigh Jonker: EU Short Term Scientific Mission Funding for Belgian Placement

In July 2012, Jaimie-Leigh Jonker was funded to carry out a Short Term Scientific Mission titled ‘Immunostaining the adhesive glands of the barnacle Lepas anatifera’ by the EU Cost Action TD0906 ‘Biological Adhesives: from biology to biomimetics’. Her scientific mission was hosted by Dr Patrick Flammang, Dr Elise Hennebert at the Marine Biology Laboratory, University of Mons, Belgium

 

2011

Paul McEvilly: Awarded MSc 

Paul was awarded his M.Sc. based on his research ‘Components of the adhesive of the pedunculate barnacles Dosima fascicularis, Lepas anatifera, Conchoderma auritum, Lepas pectinata and Pollicipes pollicipes’.

 

Margaret Rae: Networking and Travel Award Visit

On the 12th August 2011, Beaufort postdoc, Dr Margaret Rae visited leading Norwegian Bioprospectors, Dr Steinar Paulsen and Dr Jeannette Hammer Andersen, in Tromso, Norway. Dr Rae was awarded a travel grant from the "Networking and Travel Awards Scheme" of the Marine Institute to facilitate this visit and her subsequent attendance at the 7th ECMNP in Sweden

 

Kathryn Fee: 2nd Place Sir Bernard Crossland – QUB, Poster

Kathryn was awarded 2nd place in the poster presentation section of the Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium at QUB, with her poster entitled Incoporation of Natural Calcium Carbonate into Bioresorbable Polymers. Kathryn went on to represent QUB, at the All-Ireland Final of the Poster Competition.

 

Kathryn Fee: Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship

Kathryn was the recipient of the Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship which allowed her to attend the 4th Annual World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology in China in April 2011.

 

Kathryn Fee: Student Bursary BinI17 Conference, Jan

Kathryn Fee, Beaufort PhD student, was awarded a Student Bursary in order to attend and present at the 17th Bioengineering in Ireland Conference in Jan 2011.

 

2010

Lekha Menon Margassery, Finalist at the UCC Doctoral Showcase Oral Presentation

University College Cork has over 1000 doctoral students doing research in almost every field of academia. The Boolean is an annual on-line collection of short papers in which these students describe their area of research and some of their main findings. The objective is to provide a platform for students to share their research with others within and outside the University besides the specialist readers who will learn of it through conventional academic publication routes. Abstract published at The Boolean Journal, University College Cork.

 

Lekha Menon Margassery, Second prize, Poster Presentation

SGM, Irish Division, SGM Conference at NUI Galway.

 

Kathryn Fee: 3rd Place Irish Heat of IOM3 Young Person’s Lecture Competition

Kathryn Fee, Beaufort PhD student, was awarded 3rd Place in the IOM3 Young Persons Lecture Competition – All-Ireland Final with her presentation entitled Hydrothermal Synthesis of Coccolith Rich Chalk to Hydroxyapatite.

 

Kathryn Fee: Sir Bernard Crossland – QUB, Presentation & Poster (Runner-up)            

Kathryn was also runner-up in the poster presentation section of the Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium at QUB this month, with her poster entitled Optimisation of Hydroxyapatite Synthesis from Coccolith Rich Chalk. Kathryn went on to represent QUB at the Final with the All-Ireland Symposium.

 

Jaimie Jonker: 'Making an Impact' Competition

PhD student Jaimie Jonker, associated with the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery group at NUIG was one of five PhD students nationally to be shortlisted for the 'Making an Impact' competition sponsored by the Higher Education Authority.  Jaimie presented her work on barnacle bioadhesives.