Melissa joined IPIC in January 2020 as the IPIC Training Programme Manager. Melissa is responsible for the development and implementation of two of IPICs structured training programmes; PIADS (Centre for Doctoral Training) and Sparkle (fellowship programme, MSCA COFUND H2020). These programmes are being developed into prestigious training opportunities for the students and fellows to develop crucial well rounded skillsets, focused on research and transferrable skills highly desired in academia and industry that will enable them to progress into future photonics research leaders.
Melissa is an experienced project manager with more than 7 years industry experience successfully managing clinical trials and complex research projects internationally. In her work Melissa established a reputation as an excelling results focused team leader, consistently meeting stakeholder needs within budget and deadlines. Passionate about training and developing others she previously established training programmes for students (interactive inductions to clinical testing) and colleagues (clinical practice, trial development methods, regulatory, quality management and statistical analysis) and is always open and willing to help others to develop in any way she can through collaborations and sharing opportunities and ideas.
Melissa completed her undergraduate degree in the Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials at Trinity College Dublin, during which she spent time at Imperial College London.