Sugunapriyadharshini Sundararama

Sugunapriyadharshini Sundararama

PhD Researcher

Suguna has been awarded a LifeTIME CDT fellowship. She has worked as a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) at VIT, Vellore, TN, India, in the field of polymer biodegradable approach to treat diabetic osteomyelitis under the supervision of Dr. Debasish Mishra. She carried out a M.Tech (Biotechnology) project in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Deepak Pattanayak, Scientist, CSIR-CECRI, TN, India and went on to work on the surface modification of Titanium metals for orthopedic application.

Aoibhín Sheedy

Aoibhín Sheedy

PhD Researcher

Aoibhín has a Bachelor of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering from NUIG, Master's of Science, Biotechnology from UCC. An early career biomedical engineer who is currently completing a PhD in the development of an advanced immunotherapy to treat ovarian cancer in the Dolan Lab (Eimear Dolan), NUIG and holds a CÚRAM, lifetime CDT Fellowship. Founder and current auditor(20/21) of NUIGs WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) Society.

Eileen Reidy

Eileen Reidy

PhD Researcher

Eileen graduated with a first class honours Undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from NUI Galway in 2018. She graduated with a Masters in Immunology from Trininty College Dublin in 2019. She is currently carrying out a PhD under the supervision of Dr Aideen Ryan and Prof Abhay Pandit. This project is funded by lifETIME CDT and focuses on developing a 3D model of colorectal cancer and its tumour microenvironment in order to closely mimic different aspects of colorectal cancer in an in-vitro model.

Ibrahim Erbay

Ibrahim Erbay

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Ibrahim holds a double major in Metallurgical and Material Engineering and Bioengineering from Manisa Celal Bayar University and an MSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center. He is a lifETIME CDT student, and his research interests include organ-on-a-chip systems and biomaterials. He is working under joint supervision of Dr. Yury Rochev and Prof. Gerard O’Connor focusing on experimental models of inflammatory bowel disease.

Josep Fumadó Navarro

Josep Fumadó Navarro

Doctoral Candidate

Josep graduated in Biochemistry from the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain). He has a Master's in Advanced Biotechnology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). During his studies, Josep worked at the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology (Spain), Hirszfeld Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy (Poland), and the start-up ZIP Solutions SL (Spain). After that, he worked for 2 years as a research assistant in the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). His research project focuses on the development of cell mimics for the delivery of therapeutics in vascularized brain organoids, under the supervision of Dr Mihai Lomora and Prof Abhay Pandit.

Meenakshi Suku

Meenakshi Suku

PhD Researcher

Meenakshi Suku obtained her MSc in Bioengineering (with a specialisation in Tissue Engineering) from Trinity College Dublin and is currently working on cardiac tissue engineering. She is pursuing her PhD (part of lifETIME CDT) in CURAM on developing a humanized in-vitro model for myocardial infarction, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Monaghan and is based in Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin.

Mirella Ejiugwo

Mirella Ejiugwo

PhD Researcher

Mirella completed BSc (Honours) Applied Biology and Biopharmaceutical Science from Galway-Mayo IT and a MSc Clinical Research degree from NUI Galway. Her PhD research is focused on developing physiologically relevant models of diabetic foot ulcer for pathophysiological studies and drug testing (especially using microfluidics) - as part of the lifETIME Centre for Doctoral Training group. Her supervisors are prof. Gerard O’Connor, Dr Yury Rochev and prof. Timothy O’Brien.

Patrick C Hurley

Patrick C Hurley

PhD Researcher

Patrick has a BSc in Biomedical Science and an MSc in Regenerative Medicine both awarded in NUIG. Patrick is carrying out his PhD under the joint supervision of Dr Una Fitzgerald and Prof. Gerard O'Connor. This project is funded under the lifETIME Center for Doctoral Training and is focused on the development of a microfluidic model of Multiple Sclerosis to discover novel therapeutics.

Sorour Nemati

Sorour Nemati

PhD Researcher

Sorour obtained MSc and BSc in chemical engineering from Sahand University of Technology, Iran. Her research interests include stem cells, biomaterials and tissue engineering. She is now pursuing a PhD as a part of the LifeTIME CDT program with the main focus on fibrotic glial scar formation and modulation in vitro under the supervision of Dr. Siobhan McMahon, Prof. Dimitrios Zeugolis and Dr. Michelle Kilcoyne.

Viswanath Vittaladevaram

Viswanath Vittaladevaram

PhD Researcher

Viswanath Vittaladevaram obtained his MSc in Biotechnology(with a specialisation in bioinformatics) from Bangalore University, India and gained research experience in Drug discovery technology(Molecular modelling`& Simulation procedures) at University of Bonn, Germany. He is currently working as a PhD Researcher funded by SFI as a part of lifETIME CDT Programme in collaboration with CÚRAM. His research project focusses on "Multiscale characterisation of synthetic blood brain barrier models" using computational and experimental procedures, under supervision of Dr David Cheung (NUIG) and Professor Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, University of Glasgow, UK.

Yashna Chabria

Yashna Chabria

PhD Researcher

I completed a degree in Biotechnology from Stella Maris College, India and then a MSc in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative medicine in Chettinad University, India. I am currently a lifETIME CDT PhD student in CURAM, based at the Lambe Institute for Translational Research at NUI Galway. My research focuses on development of a 3D in-vitro model of metastatic breast cancer to study modification of extracellular vesicles (EVs) for therapy under the supervision of Dr Róisín Dwyer and Prof. Garry Duffy.