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VFC Science Voices from Home: Ireland

Special Event: Informational Session

Feb 16, 2021

This event is recommended for: Graduate Students; Postdocs/Fellows; NIH Staff Scientist/Staff Clinician.

Interested in career opportunities abroad? Ever thought about getting a research position in Ireland after your postdoc at the NIH? Ever wondered how to search for a job opportunity in Ireland? Here is a chance to get some answers and advice from NIH Alumnae Dunja Skoko and Orla Casey and Ivan Houlihan, IDA Ireland and Simon Nix from the Embassy of Ireland. The NIH Visiting Fellows' Committee and OITE are hosting this Information Session.

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Dr. Dunja Skoko is currently a Microscopy and Imaging Specialist at SiriusXT.

Dunja is a biophysicist currently working as an imaging specialist at SiriusXT in Dublin, Ireland. SiriusXT is developing world’s first table-top Soft X-ray microscope that is used for 3D structural imaging of whole hydrated cells at resolutions between light and electron microscopy.

Dunja’s goal is to combine single molecule fluorescence microscopy with structural Soft-X ray imaging in order to understand molecular mechanisms of events in healthy and diseased cells.

Her passion for individual molecular events started during her PhD, where she studied nuclear architectural organisation using single DNA micromanipulation approaches. Dunja continued with single molecule research at NIDDK, NIH, using fluorescent microscopy TIRF and subsequently at NICHD, NIH using super-resolution microscopy PALM in the lab of Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz where this Nobel prize winning method was developed.

Dr. Orla Casey is currently the Translational Project Manager at Cancer Trials Ireland.

Orla Casey is the Translational Project Manager at Cancer Trials Ireland. Her role involves development and management of translational study activities, and interaction with researchers, clinicians, and representatives from charities, academic groups, and industry. She completed her degree in biochemistry at University College Cork, Ireland, and received her Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland Galway. During her postdoctoral training, she worked in the laboratory of Dr Kathleen Kelly at NCI, and as a research fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 

Ivan Houlihan, Vice President at IDA Ireland Boston

Ivan Houlihan currently serves as Vice President for IDA Ireland in the North East of the US based in Boston. Ivan works closely with clients in the Biotechnology, Medical Technology and Food industry throughout the North East of the US and Canada. He is responsible for advising clients in these sectors on investment in Ireland.

Prior to his current role, Ivan served as Vice President for the South East of the US based in Atlanta. He has also worked in various roles for the organization in Ireland including Regional Development in the West and Midwest of Ireland and the Medical Technology division.

Ivan holds a Certificate in Equine Science from the University of Limerick, a BBS with a major in e-commerce from the Institute of Technology Tralee and has a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard University. Ivan has undertaken Executive Leadership Programs at Michael Smurfit Business School.

Simon Nix, Justice & Home Affairs Counsellor, Embassy of Ireland at Washington DC

Simon Nix is the Justice and Home Affairs Counsellor in the Irish Embassy in Washington DC. Prior to taking up this role Mr. Nix worked in the Financial Services Division of the Irish Department of Finance and the Criminal Legislation Division of the Irish Department of Justice. Mr. Nix is a barrister and holds two degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway.