Life Sciences Institute
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DCU Life Sciences Institute

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Life Sciences Institute

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Working with LSI

Collaboration is at the heart of our mission to ‘Transform Challenges into Impact’. We work closely with partners in industry and society to find solutions to problems that are sustainable and can make a real difference to people’s lives. 

The team at LSI has a proven track record of developing sustainable solutions to global problems, from transforming waste from the food and drink industry into bioplastics to developing portable analysers for water testing and novel therapeutics for chronic conditions such as migraine and pain. 

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Debbie O'Reilly

Being part of the Life Science Institute (LSI) has already broadened my horizons. The weekly LSI Café gatherings are a highlight for me. It's not just about the coffee and a break from the lab; it's about the presentations from colleagues both in my research area and from other life science disciplines. These sessions broaden my perspective and inspire new research directions. There are also talks from technical and industry experts, which keep me updated on the latest advancements, helping me stay abreast of the newest technologies and identify potential solutions to my research questions.


What makes these coffee mornings special is the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It's the ideal setting to engage with peers, share experiences, and learn from one another in an informal setting. The casual atmosphere within the LSI encourages interdisciplinary connections, vibrant discussions, and mutual support, making it a welcoming space for everyone.


The LSI is a place where ideas can flow freely, collaborations can thrive, and all successes are celebrated. Whether it's publishing a paper or securing a grant, there's a collective sense of achievement which is both encouraging and motivating. 


It's a dynamic community that encourages individual growth while also facilitating innovation and collaboration. I would actively encourage my colleagues involved in life sciences to take advantage of the community, and I look forward to the inspiring discoveries and collaborations ahead. Here's to many more productive coffee mornings and successes at LSI.


Debbie O’Reilly PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Biotherapeutics Research Group,
Life Science Research Facility,
Dublin City University

Marta Valenti

As a cancer research Ph.D. student at the Life Science Institute, I've found my academic journey significantly enriched by the institution's exceptional resources and vibrant work environment.


The Life Science Institute's commitment to fostering cutting-edge research is evident in its state-of-the-art facilities, which have provided me with the tools and infrastructure necessary to pursue innovative inquiries into cancer biology. 


Beyond its tangible resources, one of the most important aspects of the Life Science Institute, in my opinion, is the culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing that create an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation. The weekly LSI Café coffee morning serves as a demonstration of this culture. Every Tuesday morning, over steaming cups of coffee, we come together to exchange ideas, share insights, and offer support to one another. It's a forum where different fields come together, blending boundaries, and sparking new ideas and collaborations.


Doing my research at the Life Science Institute, I've not only refined my laboratory skills but also built meaningful connections with fellow scholars who share the same passion for science. The Life Science Institute isn't just a place of work; it's a community united by a shared commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and making a tangible difference in varied biology-related fields. My journey as a Ph.D. researcher at the Life Science Institute has been nothing short of transformative, and I'm immensely grateful for the opportunities it has afforded me to grow both personally and professionally.


Marta Valenti
PhD Student