Shane O'Reilly was born in Limerick, Ireland. He holds a BSc in Environmental Chemistry and in 2013 earned his PhD in Organic Geochemistry from Dublin City University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Geobiology at MIT. Dr. O'Reilly is funded by the EU Marie Curie Actions Program and the Irish Research Council. If he is not out in the field sampling, doing science outreach, or running, you can probably find him scratching his head in the vicinity of a mass spectrometer.