Dr Dolores Melgar-Freire joined Insight in November 2020 as Funding Development Officer for Insight@DCU.
In her current role as part of the Operations team, Dr Melgar-Freire provides a pro-active assistance service for Insight@DCU researchers focusing on the planning and writing of externally funded research grant applications.
Prior to this, Dr Melgar-Freire worked at the International Department of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), being the primary contact for the international dimension of the SFI Research Centres and facilitating the engagement of SFI and its funded researchers with public and private organisations. With an academic background on Computational Physics and Materials Science, she holds a BSc in Physics and a Masters in Science and Technology of Colloids and Interfaces from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain). In 2012, she graduated from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, after which she joined University College Dublin as a postdoctoral fellow. She has seven years of experience managing cross-border and interdisciplinary collaborations, including with industry partners. Due to her personal and professional international experience she is fluent in five languages.