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Assoc Professor Sheila McBreen

Assoc Professor

Sheila McBreen

Associate Professor
School of Physics
01 716 2237
University College Dublin, School of Physics, Science Centre - North Belfield Dublin 4


Sheila McBreen is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics. She completed her PhD in 2004 on the subject of the prompt emission of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) detected with NASA's Compton Gamma-ray Space Observatory. After graduation, she worked as a Research Fellow in the European Space Agency (ESA) in The Netherlands focusing on high-energy observations of extragalactic sources. In 2006, she was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union and moved to the Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial physics (MPE) in Munich. While at MPE, she joined the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team and continues to be an active team member. The GBM is an instrument on NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Her interests include gamma-ray bursts, their afterglows and host galaxies, terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and developing instrumentation for the next generation gamma-ray space mission. Sheila is a member of the EIRSAT-1 team and was recently awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Award. Additionally, she is co-founder and CTO of Parameter Space Ltd, a UCD spin-out company.


  • Associate Professor
    University College Dublin, School of Physics, Dubllin, Ireland3 Apr 2017
  • Lecturer / Assistant Professor
    University College Dubiln, School of Physics, Ireland1 Nov 2008 - 10 Apr 2017
  • Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor Postdoc
    Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Germany.1 Apr 2008 - 31 Oct 2008
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow
    Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Germany.1 Apr 2006 - 31 Mar 2008
  • Research Fellow
    European Space Agency, The Netherlands., Oct 2004 - Mar 2006 public Edit, The Netherlands1 Sep 2004 - 30 Apr 2006


  • Director, co-founder and CTO
    Parameter Space Ltd.14 Sep 2014


  • BSc
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin