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I am currently an assistant professor at the Centre for Astrophysics and Relativity (CfAR), School of Mathematical Sciences, Dublin City University.

My research is mainly concerned with classical and quantum aspects of black holes. From a quantum perspective, I am interested in quantum field theory in curved spacetimes and the associated theory of semi-classical gravity. The most famous prediction of this approximation--and one of the most surprising and far-reaching predictions of theoretical physics--is that black holes emit quantum thermal radiation, the so-called Hawking effect. On the classical front, I'm interested in the problem of motion in General Relativity including strong self-interaction effects. This is particularly important for modeling binary black hole systems where one black hole is much larger than the other, a key astrophysical source of gravitational waves being targeted by the European Space Agency's eLISA mission.

A Brief History of Mine

My love for mathematical research goes back to my teenage years when I captained two very successful teams at Ireland's national science fair, the BT Young Science and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE). In 2000, we won Best Group and Intel Excellence Award at this exhibition with a project on Pascal's Triangle, and represented Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the U.S., where we won a couple of other awards. In 2001, we won the overall national science fair with a project on polygon arrangements and placed third overall in the European Union Science Fair in Bergen, Norway. In the last number of years, I have had the privilege of being a judge at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

After graduating secondary school (highschool), I pursued a degree in Mathematical Science at University College Dublin. I then went to Cambridge University to do Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, graduating with Distinction. I returned to UCD to pursue my doctoral studies, receiving a PhD in Black Hole Physics in 2011 under the supervision of Prof. Adrian Ottewill. From 2011-2014, I held an Assistant Professorship at the School of Mathematics, Trinity College Dublin. I then moved to upstate New York where I was a Marie Curie research fellow at Cornell University's Department of Astronomy. I returned to Ireland in 2016 and took up a position at DCU where I continue to teach and research.