Dee Lawlor, MSc

Growing up in Dublin there was no shortage of museums to visit. The Natural History Museum was my favourite, and in my family, books were the treat of choice. So it was no surprise that I grew up to be a scientist.

My educational background is in biology, and I graduated my BSc (hons) Biology from the University of Aberdeen in 2010. I then went on to achieve my MSc in Microscopy and Image Analysis from UCD, Dublin. The master’s course in microscopy was the first of it’s kind in Europe and produces graduates with a unique skill set. Microscopy is used in all areas of science but despite this it is a skill that is often overlooked.

I have a great passion for microscopy – both academically and in application. In my spare time, I collect and renovate antique microscopes and telescopes. For several years I worked in microscopy, both as a salesperson and as a technical support engineer. I have years of volunteering experience writing educational material and during university, I volunteered as a curator and guide in the Natural History Museum of Aberdeen. This combination of professional knowledge and public engagement has brought me to where I am today.

My writing career started back in 2016 when I started writing for a number of different science magazines on the subject of microscopy and biology. My work is aimed at a wide variety of audiences and my articles are written for the enjoyment of everyone – scientists and non-scientists.

One of my goals in life is to know something about everything, and science writing is proving a great way to do this. I really believe that science is for everyone. My aim is not to glamourise science – I want to normalise it. You don’t need to be a genius to enjoy science – you just need to be curious.