Project Description

Name: Stuart Creedican

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Current position and address: PhD student in Prof Afshin Samali’s lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway


Summary of education:

I completed my secondary Education at the Royal Belfast Academical institution in Northern Ireland before completing a B.Sc. (Hons) in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Durham University in England.
Why are you doing a PhD:
In my previous role as a Technical Support Scientist at Randox Laboratories in Antrim I gained a great deal of experience and knowledge in the use of the In vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices used every day to help diagnose and treat disease.

Why are you doing a PhD:

I applied for this PhD in order to have the chance to be more involved in the research and development of these IVD devices whilst also improving my knowledge of the pathways and outcomes of ER stress and the Unfolded Protein Response. This project provides, I believe, the opportunity to do both whilst also being involved in the general overall advancement of therapies targeting disease caused or influenced by ER stress and the Unfolded Protein Response.
My interests in research and natural curiosity, both in the field of ER stress and the natural sciences in general, have also driven my desire to do a PhD as it would provide me with the opportunity to undertake original and exciting studies. I am very much looking forward to the new techniques and knowledge I will develop during the candidacy itself.

What are your interests outside the lab?

Outside of the lab I also enjoy regularly working out at the gym, listening to music and playing poker with friends. Whenever time allows I like to travel and get out into nature as well so Galway is a perfect choice for exploring parts of Ireland I haven’t had the time to previously.