Successful PhD and MPhil Viva Voce

Congratulations to several School postgradautes who completed their viva voce. The candidates will receive their awards at the February graduation ceremony in St Patrick's Cathedral.

Ailbhe Macken successfully defended her PhD thesis on the "Integrated Approach to the Toxicity Evaluation of Irish Marine Sediments: Ecotoxicological Assessment". Ailbhe's examiners were Professor T. Ángel DelValls Casillas, Professor of Marine Chemistry at University of Cádiz and Dr Patrice Behan, DIT. Ailbhe's supervisors are Dr. Maria Davoren (DIT), Dr. Barry Foley (DIT), Dr. Brendan McHugh, (Marine Institute) and Dr. Evin McGovern (Marine Institute). Over the course of her PhD, Ailbhe presented her research at various national and international colloquia and has submitted five papers to international peer-reviewed journals.

Mairéad McElhinney successfully defended her MPhil thesis titled "Matrix effects, development of clean-up and LC-techniques contributing towards a reference LCMS method for the analysis of lipophilic marine toxins". Mairéad's examiners were Dr Michael Scotter (project leader in the food science group at Central Science Laboratory in the U.K.) and Dr. Claire McDonnell (DIT). Mairéad's supervisors were Dr Patrice Behan, Dr Barry Foley (both School of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT) and Dr Philipp Hess (Marine Institute, Galway).  Mairéad's work was part of an EU funded project entitled BIOTOX which involves twelve partners from six European countries.  Her research which was carried out in collaboration with the Marine Institute has contributed significantly to the development of a much needed Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LCMS) method for the detection and quantification of lipophilic marine biotoxins in shellfish. 

Kevin O'Donnell also successfully defended his PhD thesis. Kevin recently won Article of the Year Award in the Journal of validation Technology.

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