Mary joined CREST in 2015 as a Materials Scientist, and she is currently working on the consultancy services for private companies.
Mary graduated in November 2014 with a Master’s degree by Research in Biomedical Diagnostics in the field of centrifugal microfluidics, and prior to that a first class honours BSc. in Physics with Astronomy from Dublin City University (DCU).
Mary was involved in different research projects throughout her education, including her masters thesis, which she undertook in the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute in DCU. This project centred on the development of a three-fold differential white blood cell counting device on centrifugally driven microfluidic disposable polymeric chips. Through this highly interdisciplinary research Mary acquired a wealth of analytical and technical skills, including materials functionalization and characterisation, polymeric prototype development using hot-embossing, spin and dip-coating, casting and photolithography techniques, and prototype design using AutoCAD and CorelDRAW software.
As part of her final year undergraduate thesis, Mary worked on the characterisation and development of fruit dye and titanium dioxide (TiO2) based solar cells. Mary has also worked with the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) in DCU on the characterisation and application of sol-gel materials for marine and biomedical sensing, which included thin film characterisation techniques such as white light microscopy, interferometry and surface profilometry.
Mary is a co-author on six academic publications, in the journals of Applied Surface Science, Optics Communications, Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biomicrofluidics, and the Journal of Modern Optics.