Darren is in the first year of his PhD in the Grubb Lab. The long road to this started in 2007 when he began a BA in psychology at National University of Ireland, Galway. Following a year of work he moved to London in 2011 to do master’s #1 in criminology and criminal justice at King’s College London. After another year of work he started Master’s #2 in neuroscience at KCL. Darren got a joint MRC PhD studentship between the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and MRC Centre for Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry, which involved doing Master’s #3 in developmental neurobiology. Resulting in a new nickname: the Master of Master’s.
After a year rotating in three different labs, Darren chose to do his PhD in the Grubb Lab becoming the newest resident ginger. For his PhD he will study how experience drives functional and epigenetic changes in dopaminergic interneurons in the olfactory bulb. This will involve a collaboration with Jonathan Mill and Chloe Wong at the SGDP. The next three years will be split working between Guy’s campus and Denmark Hill, learning to patch and sequencing DNA methylation, and snacking on all the food left on the fridge by his desk.