Bronagh McDonnell, PhD

Bronagh is a third-year Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, studying the impact disease on bladder physiological function and structure. She obtained her BSc (2009) in Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s university Belfast (Northern Ireland) and MSc (2010) in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Ulster, Coleraine (Northern Ireland). She returned to Queen’s University, Belfast to complete her PhD in Biomedical Sciences where she investigated the damaging effects of ionizing radiation on bladder structure and function using animal and human models. Bronagh moved abroad in October 2015 to take up her first Postdoc position here at the University of Pittsburgh and continues to investigate negative impacts on bladder function. Currntly she is studing the impact of psychological stress on the bladder.

Bronagh grew up on a farm in Ireland. She enjoys playing team sports and at home excelled in her national sport, Camogie, in which she represented her local, university, county and province in national tournaments. Bronagh loves engaging her body, hands and mind to get things done. In Pittsburgh, Bronagh enjoys cycling, painting, drawing, yoga, aromatherapy and music. Bronagh is an ENFP and feels passionate about people and their needs. She is looking forward to serving as Advocacy Chair for the UPPDA this year. 

* In August, Bronagh also accepted the position of Communications Chair.