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Christine O'Connor

TU Dublin

Professor Christine O'Connor is the Assistant Head of School of Food Science and Environmental Health at TU Dublin since 2014. On completion of her PhD in DCU with Prof Han Vos, Christine managed an analytical EU CRAFT project in DIT with Dr John Fox. From 2000 to 2014 she was a Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT. She holds an M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and has just completed an M.Sc. in Applied eLearning. She was a member of the European Thematic Chemistry Network (ECTN) and is a Treasurer of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Educational Division Ireland. She is a founding member of the DIT Women Leaders in Higher Education network and Chemistry Education Research Team. The DIT Chemistry Education Research Team have won two national teaching awards for third level chemistry education (NAIRTL,2009 and DELTA, 2018). In 2017 she became involved in curriculum design projects for International Food Safety Management programmes in developing countries sponsored by UNFAO, USAid and IrishAid. Her research spans organic/ inorganic synthesis with applications as photoactive molecules, anticancer/antimicrobial therapeutics and drug delivery vehicles. She collaborates with Teagasc, Moorepark and Ashtown on trace analysis of chemicals in food processing and is a member of the EU BlueShell Bioactives project. She is a member of the RSC.

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