Fiona was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland/Dell Young Women in Engineering Scholarship to study biomedical engineering at the University of Limerick. She graduated in 2013 with a first class honours degree and was presented the George Berkeley medal for her Final Year Project in the Engineering & Mechanical Sciences Category of the 2014 Undergraduate Awards.
Fiona is currently completing her postgraduate studies in GMIT. Her PhD investigates the trajectory paths of blood clot analogues through ischaemic stroke patient vasculature. Fiona’s research won first prize in the New Researcher Category at the 20th Annual Conference of the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. Fiona was the 2015 National Winner of Thesis in 3, a competition for Irish STEM research students to showcase their research in just 3 minutes using only 3 slides. She has also represented GMIT at other various science communication events such as ResearchFest and Soapbox Science and regularly features in research-based blogs and podcasts.
Fiona joined the GMIT lecturing staff in 2017 as a mathematics lecturer for the engineering and science departments. She is currently working as part of the MET team as a medical device R&D research fellow.