Jamie Reilly is a postgraduate student in NUI Galway studying for his PhD in regenerative medicine. Having been diagnosed as autistic at 3 years of age his future looked bleak as he was non-verbal and assessed with having an IQ which put him in the then mentally handicapped range. He started to talk when he was 5 and finally entered mainstream education at age 11. He did well in the leaving cert, with an A1 in English and Biology. He obtained his primary degree in genetics in Trinity College Dublin in 2011, followed by a Masters in Biotechnology from Queens University Belfast in 2012.