I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. I attended the University Of Bristol in the UK and graduated from there with a M.Sci. in Chemistry in 1998. During my undergraduate studies I did undergraduate research with Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones and Professor Tim Gallagher. I stayed on at Bristol for my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry working on the synthesis of C-glycosides with Professor Tim Gallagher. After completing my Ph.D. studies I made the leap over the pond and did a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor David Lynn at Emory University in Atlanta working in the area of DNA-templated synthesis and the Origins of Life.
From there I took a two year Visiting Assistant Professor position at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. After two great years at Sewanee, teaching Organic Chemistry and some General Chemistry, I came to USI in August 2006. Here at USI I teach mainly the sophomore Organic Chemistry sequence as well as the Advanced Organic Chemistry class on rotation. I am the coordinator for the BMD program and teach a medical seminar class every spring.
My research interests are in carbohydrate chemistry, general organic synthesis and the development of new lab experiments for organic chemistry.
Outside of chemistry, I am an avid fan of football (and also like American throwball) and support two teams: Bohemians and Bristol City.