Dr Una Fitzgerald
After completing a BE (Ind Eng) and MSc in Biotechnology at NUIG, Dr FitzGerald worked in the pharmaceutical sector for five years in France and the UK, before embarking on a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. On completion of a couple of postdoctoral research projects, Una returned to the University in Galway in 2002, where she has since built a track record in research on multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders (see https://www.nuigalway.ie/our-research/people/natural-sciences/unafitzgerald/). In the last year she led the CÚRAM lab (the Centre for Research on Medical Devices, where she is based) within the Biomedical Sciences Building at NUIG, to be the first in Europe to gain Green Lab Certification from ‘My Green Lab’ (see https://vimeo.com/375847945). This has led to over 20 speaker engagements in Ireland and internationally, and to acting as the first Chair of SEAI’s national working group on sustainable public sector labs. Dr FitzGerald’s talk will describe her journey from neuroscience research to climate activism.