100 Years Later: Vampires vs. The Spanish Flu

It’s officially the spookiest time of the year, so Happy Halloween everyone! This means there is no better time to serve you a pumpkin pie made of equal parts science, history and terrifying legend! So wait up until midnight, light some candles, and make sure “Thriller” by Michael Jackson is playing somewhere in the background…... Continue Reading →

Why Children in Europe are Dying from an Eliminated Disease

In just the first 6 months of 2018, Europe has had a staggering 41,000 cases of measles. This is worse than any other full year in the last decade. It’s almost 8 times the number of cases in 2016 and I dread to think what the count will be by the end of the year.... Continue Reading →

Conspiracy Theories vs Virus-Fighting Bacteria

For the first time ever, an entire city has been protected from Dengue Fever. The Australian city of Townsville has been dengue-free since 2014, and it’s all thanks to bacteria! I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t bacteria the bad guys?” I used to think bacteria were only good for one thing, causing disease, but it... Continue Reading →

A Cure for the Common Cold?

I didn’t have a birthday party with my friends until I was 15. Every year, without fail, I would get a bad cold the day before my birthday (queue the violins and single teardrop). My mom used to yell:       “Make sure you’re wrapped up warm or you’ll catch a cold!” This is a popular... Continue Reading →

Vaccination (Part 2): Myths Debunked

Would you like to be able to set your friends mind at ease if they have concerns about vaccination? Perhaps you'd like to be better prepared for when you encounter an anti-vaxxer? Well, then this article is for you. One by one I'll go through some of the most common arguments raised by anti-vaxxers, and... Continue Reading →

Vaccination (Part 1): The Basics

Of the US population, it is estimated that : 70% are pro-vaccination 2% are anti-vaxxer 28% are unsure This post is not a battle cry against anti-vaxxers (that will come in part 2), but rather, a comprehensive review of the science behind vaccination. The aim is to help anyone who is unsure gain a better... Continue Reading →

My Research: Respiratory Syncytial Virus

"So what do you do?"  “Have you heard of Respiratory Syncytial Virus?” “No, never” “What about Influenza” “Oh yeah of course” “Well its kind of like that…” (The beginning of every conversation about my research) So far, my posts have been focused on various aspects of PhD life. However I realised that I haven't written... Continue Reading →

Royal Society Masterclass with Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

An Invitation: Recently, I was invited to attend a Masterclass held by the Royal Society in Dublin. There would be 9 other students attending, and the session would be in the form of an open discussion with the President of the Royal Society and Nobel laureate, Professor Venkatraman "Venki" Ramakrishnan. So for this post I'll... Continue Reading →

Public Speaking: How to Present your Project to Others

"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy" - Jerry Seinfeld Here's a question for all those beginning... Continue Reading →

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