Team Profiles

Adrienne Gorman

Adrienne Gorman

Investigator

Dr Gorman is a senior lecturer in Biochemistry and a PI in the Apoptosis Research Centre at NUI Galway. She is the Vice Dean for Research in the College of Science. Her research is focused on cell death and survival signalling, with a particular interest in cell survival signalling that is mediated by activation of cell stress response pathways.

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Afshin Samali

Afshin Samali

Investigator

Professor Afshin Samali is Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Apoptosis Research Centre at NUI Galway. His research is focussed on stress-induced cell death and in particular on Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) induced stress.

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Aideen Ryan

Aideen Ryan

Investigator

Dr Ryan is a Research Lecturer in the Discipline of Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Dr Ryan’s research integrates knowledge of immunological characteristics of cells within the colorectal tumour microenvironment for the identification of novel immunotherapeutic targets for advanced cancer.

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Andreas Heise

Andreas Heise

Investigator

Professor Andreas Heise is heading the Polymer Chemistry and Biopolymer Labs in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Over the last number of years, he has established a critical mass of polymer and functional soft material expertise in Ireland. His research employs the concepts of macromolecular engineering to modulate polymer properties by controlled structural design and functionalisation for advanced applications, for example in biomaterial science.

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Andrew Kellett

Andrew Kellett

Investigator

Andrew Kellett is Associate Professor of Inorganic and Medicinal Chemistry in the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland. He leads a large multidisciplinary research group based at the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology and Nano-Bioanalytical Research Facility. Over the past number of years he has established a critical mass of expertise in the areas of metallodrug development and in artificial gene editing. His research intersects materials science and chemical biology.

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Caitriona O’Driscoll

Caitriona O’Driscoll

Investigator

Professor Caitriona O’Driscoll is Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy, University College Cork.

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Caroline McGregor

Caroline McGregor

Investigator

Professor Caroline McGregor is a Professor at the School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway with lead responsibility for the discipline of social work.

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Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou

Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou

Investigator

Dr Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou is a lecturer in inorganic chemistry in the School of Chemistry at NUI Galway. Her research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of new metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), i.e. porous species based on inorganic building units linked through extended organic molecules.

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Daniel Kelly

Daniel Kelly

Investigator

Daniel Kelly is the Professor of Tissue Engineering and Director of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in Trinity College Dublin. He leads a large multidisciplinary musculoskeletal tissue engineering group based in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering.

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David Finn

David Finn

Investigator

David Finn is Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Pain Research and Leader of the Galway Neuroscience Centre at NUI Galway. His research aims to increase understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development and treatment of pain, inflammation, mood disorders and impaired cognition.

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David Hoey

David Hoey

Investigator

Professor David Hoey is an Associate Professor in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE) where he works in the area of mechanobiology and regenerative medicine. The goal of his lab is to integrate engineering mechanics into the understanding of the molecular basis of skeletal physiology and disease.

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Derek O’Keeffe

Derek O’Keeffe

INVESTIGATOR

Prof Derek O’Keeffe (@Physicianeer) holds dual first class honours degrees in Engineering (Gold Letter) and Medicine (Gold Medal).

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Dermot Brougham

Dermot Brougham

Investigator

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Dimitrios Zeugolis

Dimitrios Zeugolis

Investigator

Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis is Director of the Regenerative, Modular and Developmental Engineering Laboratory(REMODEL), lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials) at NUI Galway, Galway, Ireland and Visiting Professor at TEI of Epirus, Arta, Greece.

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Eddie Myers

Eddie Myers

Investigator

Dr Eddie Myers is a lecturer in organic chemistry at NUI Galway. His research interests include the development of new methods for forming carbon–nitrogen bonds and small-molecule chemical tools for addressing problems associated with the extracellular matrix.

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Edmond Magner

Edmond Magner

Investigator

Professor Magner is Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Professor of Electrochemistry at the University of Limerick. His research is focused on the development and use of materials as support structures for proteins and enzymes with applications in biosensors, biofuel cells and biocatalysis.

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Eoin O'Cearbhaill

Eoin O'Cearbhaill

Investigator

Dr O’Cearbhaill’s research is focused on developing novel medical device and minimally invasive platforms for biosignal sensing and therapeutic delivery towards clinical translation.

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Faisal Sharif

Faisal Sharif

Investigator

Dr Faisal Sharif is a senior lecturer in Regenerative Medicine at NUI, Galway and a consultant Interventional Cardiologist for Galway University Hospitals. His research focuses on medical devices for cardiovascular medicine and translational research on vascular biology and myocardial regeneration.

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Fergal O’Brien

Fergal O’Brien

Investigator

Professor Fergal O’Brien is a Professor of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director for Research & Innovation and head of the Tissue Engineering Research Group (the 2017 Irish Research Laboratory of the Year) based in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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Frank Barry

Frank Barry

Investigator

Frank Barry is Professor of Cellular Therapy at the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), National University of Ireland Galway. His research focuses on the development of new repair strategies in stem cell therapy and gene therapy in orthopaedics.

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Garry Duffy

Garry Duffy

Investigator

Professor Garry Duffy is Personal Professor in Anatomy & Regenerative Therapies, within the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway. He leads the Duffy Lab at NUI Galway, which is focused on developing advanced biomaterials and devices to facilitate targeted delivery and future clinical translation of cell and drug based therapeutics to treat chronic diseases.

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Gearoid Ó Laighin

Gearoid Ó Laighin

Investigator

Professor Gearóid Ó Laighin is an Established Professor of Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway.

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Georgina Gethin

Georgina Gethin

Investigator

Dr Georgina Gethin is Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway. Dr Gethin is co-founder of the Alliance for Research and Innovation in Wounds and has both clinical and academic expertise in wound healing and tissue repair.

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Gerard O'Connor

Gerard O'Connor

Investigator

Dr Gerard O’Connor is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the School of Physics at National University Ireland Galway. His research is primarily focused on short pulse laser material interactions-centered on understanding laser electron lattice interactions for different materials and laser parameters.

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Gerard Wall

Gerard Wall

Investigator

Gerard Wall is a Personal Professor in Microbiology. His research expertise lies in using recombinant proteins in antibody engineering, biomaterials functionalisation and drug delivery.

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Gerhard Schlosser

Gerhard Schlosser

Investigator

Dr Gerhard Schlosser is a lecturer at the School of Natural Sciences and member of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway. His research focuses on the development and evolution of vertebrate nervous and sensory systems.

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Gerry McElvaney

Gerry McElvaney

Investigator

Professor Gerry McElvaney is the Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Vice Dean of the Medical School at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. His research integrates material science and biological paradigms in developing solutions for chronic disease.

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Jeremy C. Simpson

Jeremy C. Simpson

Investigator

Professor Simpson is the Professor of Cell Biology at UCD. His research is focused on using high-throughput quantitative fluorescence microscopy approaches to study cell function and physiology.

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John Laffey

John Laffey

Investigator

John Laffey is Professor of Anaesthesia at the School of Medicine of the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Galway University Hospitals. His basic and translational research is focused on critical illnesses, particularly finding therapies for sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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John Newell

John Newell

Investigator

Professor Newell is a Professor of Biostatistics and Head of Statistics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics NUIG and an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He was the head of the Biostatistics Unit in the HRB Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway from 2007 to 2017.

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Karen Doyle

Karen Doyle

Investigator

Dr Doyle is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Principal Investigator. Her research involves studying the causes of neurovascular stress and investigating novel strategies to protect brain tissue from damage due to stroke.

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Laoise McNamara

Laoise McNamara

Investigator

Professor Laoise McNamara’s research group use multidisciplinary approaches to understand mechanobiology and how this process contributes to bone development and osteoporosis.

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Laurence Egan

Laurence Egan

Investigator

Professor Laurence Egan research specialises in Optimized therapy of complicated and refractory inflammatory bowel disease.

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Leo Quinlan

Leo Quinlan

Investigator

Dr Leo Quinlan is a Lecturer in Human Physiology at NUI Galway. His research involves integrating cellular signalling, electrophysiology and clinical models in designing medical devices for the treatment and monitoring of chronic disease.

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Madeleine Lowery

Madeleine Lowery

Investigator

Madeleine Lowery leads a multidisciplinary research group in the area of Neuromuscular Systems at University College Dublin, where she is a Professor in the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Head of Subject for Biomedical Engineering.

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Manus Biggs

Manus Biggs

Investigator

Dr Manus Biggs is lecturer within the department of Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. His research interests focus on nanofabrication of electrically active biomaterials, the brain-machine interface, bioelectronics and cellular electromechanics. His research integrates material science, electronic engineering, top-down nanofabrication techniques and biological functionalization strategies in developing next generation biomaterials platforms.

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Mark Watson

Mark Watson

Investigator

Dr Mark Watson is Head of Education and Development at Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI), an Investigator in CÚRAM, leading the project entitled 'Developing Key Structures and Resources to Support Medical Device Clinical Research in Ireland’, a Co-Director of the Wellcome-HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme and a Core Partner in the HRB Neonatal Encephalopathy PhD Training Network (NEPTuNE).

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Martin O'Donnell

Martin O'Donnell

Investigator

Martin O’Donnell is Professor of Translational Medicine at NUI Galway and Associate Director of the Clinical Research Facility, Galway. His main areas of research interests are clinical trials in vascular medicine and stroke epidemiology.

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Martin O'Halloran

Martin O'Halloran

Investigator

Dr Martin O'Halloran is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Electronics at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of his research, he is the first academic in the history of NUI Galway to hold a joint academic position between the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Investigator

Dr Mary Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine and the Principle Investigator in Orthobiology at the Regenerative Medicine Institute. Her primary research interest and motivation is the development of innovative medicines to treat major diseases using adult stem cells.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin

Investigator

Matthew Griffin is Professor of Transplant Biology and Head of the Discipline of Medicine in the School of Medicine at NUI Galway. Prof. Griffin is a Clinician Scientist specialising in kidney disease, transplantation and regenerative medicine with a common theme of investigating immune response and inflammation.

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Michael Conall Dennedy

Michael Conall Dennedy

Investigator

Dr Conall Dennedy is a Senior lecturer in therapeutics and a consultant endocrinologist with a subspecialty interest in functioning adrenocortical tumours.

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Michael Monaghan

Michael Monaghan

Investigator

Michael Monaghan (www.monaghanlab.com ) is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Engineering and Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity College Dublin

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Michael O'Dwyer

Michael O'Dwyer

Investigator

Prof. Michael O’Dwyer is a Clinician Scientist with expertise in translational research in haematologic oncology. He established a translational research programme in Multiple Myeloma at NUI Galway and established Blood Cancer Network, Ireland (BCNI), focusing on delivery of early phase clinical trials along with establishment of a biobank and registry for blood cancers.

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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Investigator

Prof. Michael Walsh is Head of Discipline for Biomedical Engineering and member of both the Bernal Institute and the Health Research Institute at the University of Limerick. His research activity focuses on an improved understanding of the host response to the treatment of vascular diseases.

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Michelle Kilcoyne

Michelle Kilcoyne

Investigator

Dr Michelle Kilcoyne is a Lecturer Above The Bar in Glycosciences at NUI Galway. Dr Kilcoyne has had a significant contribution in establishing the Glycoscience Group at NUI Galway.

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Nathan Quinlan

Nathan Quinlan

Investigator

Dr Nathan Quinlan is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway, and a member the Biomechanics Research Centre (BMEC). He specialises in the application of fluid dynamics in medical devices, medical device manufacturing and physiology, including the development of novel computational and experimental techniques.

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Niamh Hynes

Niamh Hynes

Investigator

Ms Niamh Hynes is a Senior Registrar in Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at the Galway Clinic, Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Endovascular Surgery at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, and co-founder of the Western Vascular Institute (WVI), an international vascular research foundation. Her areas of interest are clinical vascular research, biomedical engineering and vascular medical device design.

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Olivier P. Thomas

Olivier P. Thomas

Investigator

Professor Olivier P. Thomas is Professor in Marine Biodiscovery at the School of Chemistry NUI Galway and coordinator of the National Marine Biodiscovery Laboratory with the Marine Institute, Oranmore. His research is focused on the search for new biomolecules from the marine environment with applications in different fields like food science, cosmetics, therapeutics and medical devices.

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Osama Soliman

Osama Soliman

Investigator

Professor Soliman is a cardiologist with more than two decades of experience in cardiovascular imaging, clinical trials and innovation in medicine.

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Paddy Gillespie

Paddy Gillespie

Investigator

Paddy Gillespie is Established Professor of Health Economics at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics and the Director of the Health Economics & Policy Analysis Centre (HEPAC) at NUI Galway. His research activity is focused on the application of the techniques of health economic evaluation and health econometrics to inform health policy and practice.

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Pat Mc Garry

Pat Mc Garry

Investigator

Dr Patrick McGarry’s research focuses primarily on computational and experimental mechanics. He has published over 60 journal papers and over 80 conference abstracts/proceedings in the areas of plasticity, composite structures, fracture mechanics, cell mechanics, tissue mechanics, and medical device design.

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Patrick Serruys

Patrick Serruys

INVESTIGATOR

Professor Patrick Serruys is a world-renowned expert in interventional cardiology and imaging with more than four decades of experience in clinical trials and innovation in medicine.

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Pau Farras

Pau Farras

Investigator

Dr Pau Farràs is a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at NUI Galway. His area of interest is focused on the use of carboranes and metallacarboranes as a new type of inorganic drugs in applications such as anticancer therapy and antimicrobial agents.

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Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Investigator

Professor Paul V Murphy is an Established Professor of Chemistry and has research interests in Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry with a focus on Carbohydrates.

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Peter Dockery

Peter Dockery

Investigator

Peter Dockery is the Established Professor of Anatomy and Director of Biological Imaging at NUI, Galway. His microscopy and stereology research extends from human reproduction through neurobiology to material science.

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Peter McHugh

Peter McHugh

Investigator

Professor Peter McHugh is the Established Professor of Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. His research focuses on applying computational and experimental mechanics to investigating medical devices, tissue and the interaction of tissue with implanted devices.

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Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy

Pádraig Cantillon-Murphy

Investigator

Dr Cantillon-Murphy is a lecturer in electrical engineering at University College Cork, principal investigator at the BioDesign Laboratory and holds a visiting faculty appointment at the Institute for Image Guided Surgery, Strasbourg.His research interests include medical device design and electromagnetic devices for minimally invasive and image-guided interventions.

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Radka Fahey

Radka Fahey

Investigator

Radka Fahey (Saldova) is a Starting Investigator heading GlycoScience group in The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT). Her research focus is in Glycobiology.

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Rhodri Ceredig

Rhodri Ceredig

Investigator

Professor Rhodri Ceredig is a medical graduate and cellular immunologist interested in fundamental aspects of cell lineage decisions in hematopoiesis.

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Roisin Dwyer

Roisin Dwyer

Investigator

Dr Róisín Dwyer is a Senior Lecturer in Translational Science and a PI in the Discipline of Surgery at NUI Galway. Her research focuses on cell communication in the breast tumour microenvironment, with a view to harnessing this knowledge for development of novel gene therapy approaches for advanced breast cancer.

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Sally Ann Cryan

Sally Ann Cryan

Investigator

Sally Ann Cryan is Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and Research Lead in the School of Pharmacy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Her research group focuses on translational drug delivery and bioengineering including the application and processing of biomaterials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications.

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Siobhan Mc Mahon

Siobhan Mc Mahon

Investigator

Dr Siobhan McMahon is a Lecturer in Anatomy and Principal Investigator. Her research involves studying spinal cord injury, and investigating the use of stem cells, gene therapy and biomaterials to repair the spinal cord following traumatic injury.

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Susan Kelleher

Susan Kelleher

Investigator

Dr Susan Kelleher is an Assistant Professor of Soft Materials based in the School of Chemistry in UCD. Her research is focused on the engineering of nanostructured surfaces, the chemistry of polymeric biomaterials, and the interaction of materials at the biointerface.

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Ted Vaughan

Ted Vaughan

Investigator

Dr. Ted Vaughan is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway. His research involves the development of novel computational modelling techniques that seek to provide a better understanding of orthopaedic, cardiovascular and ocular tissue biomechanics.

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Thomas Ritter

Thomas Ritter

Investigator

Professor Thomas Ritter was recruited by the National University of Ireland, Galway as a lecturer in Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine and assumed his position in March 2005. Professor Ritter has over 20 year experience in the field of gene therapy in organ transplantation.

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Tia Keyes

Tia Keyes

Investigator

Tia Keyes is Professor of Physical Chemistry (Personal Chair) at DCU where she has been a member of academic staff since 2002. Tia’s research interests lie in the fields of supramolecular & interfacial photochemistry.

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Tofail Syed

Tofail Syed

Investigator

Dr Tofail Syed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Limerick and a member of the Bernal Institute of the same university. He has established in Ireland unique expertise in metallic and ceramic biomaterials, surface and interface analysis, nanomedicine and advanced manufacturing.

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Una Fitzgerald

Una Fitzgerald

Investigator

After completing a BE (Ind Eng) and MSc in Biotechnology at NUIG, Dr FitzGerald worked in the pharmaceutical sector for five years in France and the UK, before embarking on a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Uri Frank

Uri Frank

Investigator

Prof Uri Frank is a developmental biologist. His research covers such topics as embryonic axis formation, stem cell fate and regeneration.

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William Wijns

William Wijns

Investigator

William Wijns, MD, PhD, FESC, has been a Science Foundation Ireland Professor in Interventional Cardiology at National University of Ireland Galway since September 2016.

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