Dr Abigail Ruth Freeman was appointed as Director of Strategy and Communications in 2013. Prior to her current appointment Dr Freeman has held a series of positions at Science Foundation Ireland. Most recently she was the Director of Programmes, Enterprise and International Affairs, with responsibility for overseeing all SFI research funding programmes and management of funded awards, as well as the Foundation’s activities in conjunction with industry and international partners. Prior to this, Dr Freeman held roles as both Director of Enterprise and International Affairs and Head of Industry-Research Development. Dr Freeman joined SFI as a Scientific Programme Manager in November 2006. Prior to joining SFI Dr Freeman was working as a researcher at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). She holds PhD and Bachelor degrees in Genetics from TCD. During her time there as a student she was awarded a Trinity scholarship, the Eli Lilly Chemistry Prize and the Roberts prize for Biology. Dr Freeman’s PhD research, on population genetics in hybrid zones, was funded by a prestigious studentship from the Wellcome Trust and was carried out at TCD and ILRI, Nairobi. She was a founding member of the Trinity Research Staff Association; the first Irish association representing contract researchers.
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