Operations Team

Dr. Jessica Ralston

Chief Operations Officer

Jessica manages the POI programme. She is responsible for day-to-day oversight of all POI consortium initiatives and has line management responsibility of the POI operations team. Jessica facilitates strategy execution to ensure the programme’s goals, objectives and KPIs are successfully achieved. She also facilitates commercialisation and the establishment and management of relationships with industry and charity counterparts, as well as state agencies concerned with commercial ventures.

Jessica has a PhD in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, and has completed Postdoctoral training in Nutrigenomics, and Food for Health. She moved to Ireland from Canada in 2015 and has held management positions in research centres funded by both Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.  

Contact: jessica.ralston@ucd.ie

Dr. Fiona Lanigan

Communications, Dissemination & Public Engagement Manager

Fiona is responsible for developing and driving POI’s strategy to promote and disseminate research outputs and engage with diverse audiences to create a scientifically informed public. She manages the POI website, social media accounts, and organises various dissemination events such as open days, workshops and conferences. Fiona will work closely with existing RPO communication teams and charity partners in raising public awareness and influencing policy.

She has a background in cancer research, and obtained her PhD from UCD before completing her postdoctoral training in Trinity College Dublin. Previous to this role, Fiona was the Centre Manager for the Irish Cancer Society's first Collaborative Cancer Research Centre, BREAST-PREDICT.

Contact: fiona.lanigan@ucd.ie 

Dr. Arman Rahman

Translational Research and Engagement Manager 

Dr. Arman Rahman is responsible for managing the Tissue Imaging Platform in P4.4 and provides specialist expertise in biomarker development. Another component of Dr. Rahman’s role is to promote interactions between researchers and cancer patients, working with charity partners, so that patients can become more directly involved in the research activities taking place in the laboratory.

Dr. Rahman is an MD, Ph.D. with more than twelve years of post-doctoral research experience working in Umea University Sweden, Cambridge University, UK, and Dublin City University, Ireland. Since 2008, Dr. Rahman left his clinical practice and became a full-time academic researcher by joining his first postdoctoral fellowship training in DCU, Ireland. He joined UCD in 2015 as a senior research fellow and has extensive experience in the area of cancer biomarker development and validation using tissue-based detection techniques. Dr. Rahman’s expertise is in the area of multiplexed immunohistochemistry, digital pathology, and image analysis.  

Contact: arman.rahman@ucd.ie

Dr. Shane O'Grady

Senior Research Administrator

Shane is responsible for providing day-to-day administrative support across POI and ensures the smooth running of activities including seminars, public engagement events, central and educational programme administration etc. He will also monitor programme progress, capturing metrics and develop POI reports.

Shane completed his PhD in Cancer Biology at RCSI in 2018 and subsequently worked as a research administrator, assistant lecturer and most recently, as a postdoctoral researcher in the UCD School of Medicine prior to joining POI.

Contact: poiadmin@ucd.ie