I was a Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) presidential scholarship student with the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI), where I worked on a research project entitled “Non-dietary determinants of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in the Irish population: The Irish LongituDinal Study on Aging (TILDA)”. I have presented at several international and national scientific conferences. I am currently a first author on 1 publication and contributed to the analytical work and drafting of 11 publications as a co-author. As part of my duties as a WIT scholarship recipient, I supervised an undergraduate teaching programme (labs and tutorials) in the department of Science. I am also a researcher on the macular pigment component of the “Pilot project for the development of a National Screening Programme for prevention of eye complications and chronic diseases in adults of marginal communities study” in Mexico. I completed a BSc (Honours) degree in Applied Biology with Quality Management in WIT and was recognised as “AIB student of the year” in 2011. I also has gained industry experience as quality assurance administrator in Genzyme, Sanofi.