Robert Conway Kenny
Award: Fulbright Irish Scholar Award
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Robert Conway-Kenny is currently the Science and Technology Programme Manager for one of Ireland’s longest established philanthropic organisations. He received a B.A. (Mod) in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin in 2013, before undertaking a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Materials Science at the same institution. Most recently, Robert was a Research Fellow in the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin, where his research focused on the development of transition metal systems as potent light-activated anti-cancer therapeutics. Robert has considerable experience in STEM outreach, and is an award-winning science communicator and lecturer.
As a Fulbright Irish Scholar at the University of Southern California, Robert will develop small molecular probes capable of imaging and modulating the electrical activity of biological cells. A greater understanding of the electrical behaviours within cells is hoped to accelerate the field of tissue engineering, and to realise the ultimate goal of synthetic tissues and organs.