Former Winner of the BT Young Scientist Competition,
Ciara is a PhD candidate in infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She works on new methods of tracking and mapping outbreaks that use both epidemiological and genetic concepts and data. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ciara worked with the European Bioinformatics Institute and Cambridge Department of Chemistry to build a pipeline for modeling SARS-CoV-2 evolution that helped design variant-robust antibody treatments. She has a BSc in Genetics from University College Cork and is a past winner of the Google Global Science Fair, the European Union Contest for Young Scientists and the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Ciara is very passionate about science communication and youth outreach, and has addressed audiences worldwide about her research - most recently attending the United Nations General Assembly last September to attend high level meetings on pandemic preparedness and public health.