Tea Stapar (She/Her)

Undergraduate Biochemistry Student, Trinity College Dublin
Tarika Sodhi

Student, Laidlaw Scholar, Durham University

Pooja Shah

Student, Tufts University

Eva McDonnell

Student, Trinity college Dublin

Hey everyone my name is Eva and I'm part of the 2023 Laidlaw scholar cohort. I'm currently studying pharmacy at Trinity college Dublin. I'm really interested in looking at how the development  of novel therapeutics can be used to solve current challenges in the medical field.  My Summer 1 research project focuses on the antimicrobial action of capsaicin on H. pylori cells and how this could be incorporated into current antibiotic regimes. 
Alexander Stanley

Programme Director (Sept 2021-Feb 2024), Laidlaw Foundation

Alex was the Programme Director of the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Programme from September 2021 - February 2024.  Prior to joining the Laidlaw Foundation Alex spent over a decade at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where he most recently managed the university’s Laidlaw Scholars Programme. In addition, Alex taught leadership courses and guest-lectured internationally on the subjects of strategy and leadership. A bilingual speaker, dual national and keen traveller, Alex has lived, visited and worked in several countries around the world. During this time, he has had a unique opportunity to encounter and explore different cultures and working environments, experiencing first-hand what good leadership can achieve. His passion for this topic is driven by these experiences and a desire to challenge people to unlock their full leadership potential. Alex holds an MBA from the Open University and a Master of Research in Management from the University of St Andrews. He has also obtained Associate Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy. In his spare time, Alex is an avid skier and volunteers with a local guide dog organisation.
Jasmine Relf

Student , Trinity College Dublin

I am an undergraduate Joint Honours Political Science and Geography student at Trinity College Dublin. I am looking to do a major in Geography and a minor in Political Science for my third year.  My research project for my first summer is titled: An Assessment of the Environmental Viability of Ecotourism on Boracay Island, Philippines. This project concerns the efficacy of the emerging ecotourism model present on Boracay Island in the Philippines. It holds specific focus to the environmental impacts of tourism, and how we can potentially mitigate them along coastal ecosystems.
Alexandra Thalberg

Undergraduate Student, Georgetown University

My name is Alexandra and I'm part of the 2023 Laidlaw Scholar Cohort. I'm currently studying biology at Georgetown University. I'm really interested in exploring the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer development.  My Summer 1 research project focuses on developing a system that can be used to test the effects of epigenetic regulators, like long non-coding RNAs, on cancer development. 
Sadbh McCannon

Student , Trinity College Dublin

Hi! I'm a second year Management Science and Informations Systems Studies student at Trinity College Dublin. My research topic falls outside of my undergrad, I am going to be exploring the current structures that are in place for the Irish Language Feature Film Industry and its potential for the future. 
Jimena Alvarez

Political Science & Economics student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi! My name is Jimena Alvarez and I am a Peruvian second year student in Trinity College Dublin. I currently concluded my second year studying Political Science and Economics. My research project is titled "Exploratory research into the support worker’s perceptions of the integration experiences of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland".  The purpose of the research is to gather relevant and comprehensive data about support worker’s perceptions of the integration experiences of Ukrainian refugees in Ireland. I will be conducting a focus group and individual interviews with 12 support workers in the field of refugee aid.  I am very excited to connect with other Laidlaw scholars regardless of how different our research projects may be. I am always interested in learning from people with different backgrounds and interests. Feel free to contact me. See you all soon in the Laidlaw annual conference here in Trinity College Dublin!  
Oyinkansola Faith Olorunleke

Student, Trinity College Dublin

I am a 2nd Year Undergraduate student studying Biological and Biomedical Sciences. I am eager to expand my knowledge and experiences. I'm excited to leverage this expertise to tackle complex challenges and drive innovation to make a positive impact on the growing issues we face in our world today.
Orla Keane

Medical Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hi I'm Orla! I am a medical student in Trinity and I'm from Dublin. I am doing my research on knowledge and awareness of Irish care home staff on Lewy Body Dementia. I'm really interested in dementia research and improving quality of care in nursing homes.  I try to keep a balance of study and fun by playing football and camogie, and I am currently training for a marathon! 
Eoin O'Connor

Undergraduate Biological and Biomedical Science Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello, I'm Eoin O'Connor, currently studying Biological and Biomedical Science at Trinity College Dublin.  My research focuses on investigating the role of astrocytes, a type of glial cell in the brain, in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. I am particularly interested in understanding how inflammation outside the brain can exacerbate inflammatory and damaging events within the brain, ultimately leading to accelerated dementia. Outside of college, I enjoy reading and music. I play piano and guitar and have recently started performing at open mics. Some of my favourite bands include the Stone Roses and Fontaines D.C. Sport also plays a significant role in my life.
Juliet Leigh Cabraja

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello! I am an undergraduate studying Political Science, Philosophy, Economics, and Sociology (PPES) at Trinity College Dublin and am specializing in Sociology and Philosophy. I am passionate about using research to promote equity and to celebrate participants' unique perspectives and experiences. I am particularly interested in topics related to belonging, mental health, neurodiversity, and community formation. I am looking forward to learning and developing throughout the Laidlaw Program! 
Oana Tasca

English and Economics student, Laidlaw Foundation

Hi! I am a third-year English student at TCD. If I had to define my field of interest it would be words... How they are used to influence others and the way they shape us and the world we live in. My Research project focuses precisely on that: how the words that have been written over and over again in literature, and that we now recognise as the "literary canon", have influenced the view of those who are not part of this canon, or whose voices have not been heard. In my free time you can find me writing, painting or wandering in nature.  If you have any similar interests or if you want to know more about my research shoot me a text here on the network, I'd love to connect!
Méabh Scahill

Undergraduate Researcher, Trinity College Dublin

I am a student of History and the History of Art and Architecture with a passion for social and cultural history. As part of the National Gallery of Ireland's Apollo Project I co-curated the 'Boring Art?' exhibition, which aimed to make the Gallery and its historic collection more accesible to young people. 
Julia Anandarajah

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Advocate for finding alternatives to testing on animals Physiology student in TCD
Luke Pätzold

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Usually, I study Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures at Trinity College Dublin, however currently, I am spending one semester at Charles University Prague after having spent the last semester at the University of Granada. I am very interested in Holocaust Studies and my summer research project concerns the study of the influence of Holocaust fiction on public memory and the spread of misinformation. I conducted my research in the Research Department of the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim, Poland. In my free time, I fence Épée.
Advik Bahadur

Electronic and Computer Engineering Student, Trinity college Dublin

Hi, I am an Computer and Electronic Engineering Student at Trinity College Dublin. My research project is involving analysing constrained adaptive networks on top of already exisiting frameworks to introduce autonomy to traditional networks in a resource efficient manner, 
Domhnall Roe

Medical Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hey! My name is Domhnall and I am a second year medical student at Trinity College Dublin. My research area of interest lies in counteracting anti-microbial resistance and finding new ways to treat microbial infections. My research project will involve taking a novel approach to target Uropathogenic E. coli, which is the main causative agent of urinary tract infections globally.  
Karl Nicholson

Student , Trinity College Dublin

Hi! I am a final year Physics & Astrophysics student in Trinity College Dublin. My research was on radio-astronomy of the Sun with particular interest in predicting potentially disruptive solar weather and my LIA was Science Outreach with the World Science Festival in New York. Apart from physics I'm interested in running, rugby, card games and snowsports. I enjoy being outside, exercising, film/TV and reading. I am particularly interested in connecting with students from around the globe and broadening my horizons! Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in astrophysics, science outreach or have any questions about my time during Laidlaw and my other experiences!
Olamide Obadina

Global Business student , Trinity College Dublin

Hi! I am a 3rd year undergraduate scholar at Trinity College Dublin studying Global Business, and I am currently on my study abroad in ESCP Paris. My research project centres on the importance of female leaders from ethnic minorities in the business C-suite & the necessity for better racial and gender diversity on executive boards worldwide.  I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and experiencing new things on this journey!