Meet the ECRN Committee

Meet the ECRN Committee


Steven Fagan (RCSI)

Steven Fagan is a postdoc in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He investigating the role of non-coding RNA in neuronal and astroglial function with specific attention to tRNA fragments in epilepsy. In his spare time Steven enjoys hiking, cycling and camping, and after that cooking up a feast.






Oisín C. Joyce (TCD)

Oisín C. Joyce is a second-year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin. The current focus of Oisín’s research is to determine how concussion and traumatic brain injury in current and retired sporting athletes can affect brain health using a measure of multisensory integration and whether there is an associative link to cardiovascular health and disease. Outside of the lab, although it defies his research goals, he loves to box. He also likes to read and collect comic books which he feel aids in his passion and creativity for neuroscience and research.





Aoife Cosgrave (UCD)

Aoife Cosgrave is a 3rd year PhD student from University College Dublin and she is exploring the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of lesser-explored phytocannabinoids in models of acute neuroinflammation. To get a break from the lab, Aoife likes to read and paint and recently went back playing Gaelic football (she hadn’t picked up a football since she was a teenager) after playing tag rugby for a few years!







Janosch Heller (DCU)

Janosch Heller is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Sciences at Dublin City University. Janosch’s lab is interested in how astrocytes change in diseases such as epilepsy and how these cells can be targeted as novel treatment options. In his free time, Janosch likes to explore the Irish countryside, to cook and bake, and to indulge in the Real Housewives franchise.





Caoimhe Tyndall (TCD)

Caoimhe Tyndall is a third-year PhD student in Trinity College Dublin, researching mechanisms by which alpha-synuclein induces neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease. When Caoimhe is not in the lab, she in the sea – sailing, surfing, and sea swimming are her go to outdoor activities. When on land, musical theatre is her buzz.







Aditi Singh (QUB)

Aditi is a postdoctoral researcher in the The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast. She studies genetic and epigenetic regulation of neurogenesis and neurodevelopmental disorders using multi-omics approaches. Outside of the lab, she enjoys travel, music, cooking and sweat out in the gym.






Kaushik Narasimhan (NUIG)

Kaushik Narasimhan is a second-year PhD student in the discipline of Pharmacology & Therapeutics at National University of Ireland, Galway. His research focuses on assessing the potential of biomaterials to enhance the outcomes of stem cell-based brain repair in Parkinson’s disease. Outside of college, Kaushik either likes being a couch potato and stream Netflix or travelling to and exploring new places with his friends.






Carmen Elise Pocknell (NUIM)

Carmen Elise Pocknell is a 1st year PhD student at Maynooth University in Ireland. Currently, she is working on the dynamic of Reminiscence Therapy and physical exercise on cognitive performance and well-being of healthy elderly population and on adults with dementia (Alzheimer type). She grew up in the South of France and has only recently arrived in Ireland to begin a new research adventure. Next to her studies, she likes spending her time helping people, reading brainy books, or inspiring autobiographies. Besides that, she runs a lot, writes and watches a lot of comedies.





Conor Thornberry (NUIM)

Conor Thornberry is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Psychology, Maynooth University. His research investigates age-related neural and behavioral correlates of human spatial navigation, and how this may be linked to cognitive decline. When not messing with virtual water mazes or EEG equipment, Conor enjoys walking, travelling, exercising, and sim racing in his spare time.











Past Members:

Erin Harris (UCC)

Erin Harris is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience at University College Cork. She studies sex differences in stress-related psychiatric illness using a rat model. Originally from the United States, Erin has been living in Cork for 3 years. Outside of the lab, she enjoys singing, making silly TikToks, and exploring Ireland.