Joan Omosefe Osayande
Occupation: PhD student in Neuroscience
I am a first-year PhD student in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork (UCC) and the Daniel and Margaret Cronin Advancing Access PhD Scholarship winner in 2022. My research focuses on the gut microbiome and Parkinson’s disease. I received the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship in 2018. I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Medical and Health Sciences in 2022.
I have and currently participate in a variety of studies. I was given the chance to serve as a summer internship student in the APC Microbiome at UCC in 2021 after receiving the Translational Research Internship (TRAIN) Award. This gave me the opportunity to research the impact of C-section on the neurogenesis of the hippocampi. I am currently evaluating the data flow in healthcare with the ASSERT Center at UCC. I finished a PLC (Fetac level 5) programme in Biomedical Science and Laboratory Techniques in Galway before enrolling at UCC.
In addition to my academic work, I work part-time with the UCC MicroCred team. I have been a Peer Support Leader since 2019 and have assisted new college students with their transition. In 2021, I also completed a Continuing Professional Development in Community-Based Mentoring module. I was an OTC assistant at the pharmacy from 2019 to 2021. I held four different positions while participating in three UCC societies, including those of first-year representative, welfare officer, technology conference lead, and finance officer. I currently serve on the postgraduate committee as well.
I have received and won several award and scholarships. In 2022, I won the Daniel and Margaret Cronin Advance Accessing PhD Scholarship and in 2018 I won the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship. I have also received the Peer Support Award (Gold) and UCC Works/EmployAgility Awards from 2020 and 2022. I was chosen for the TRAIN Awards in 2021.
I enjoy a variety of things, including baking. I make different kinds of cake, including red velvet, blueberry muffins, and lemon drizzle cake. I enjoy reading articles and viewing documentaries, TV shows, and crime shows.