Team Profiles

Adam Collins

Adam Collins

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Adam obtained his PhD from NUIGalway in 2015. His PhD examined the interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and flexible glass substrates, and developed laser manufacturing processes for display and photovoltaic markets. Returning after 4 years in industry, Adam is developing printed sensor technology for use in a smart woundcare device. In addition the value chain and technology roadmap for such a device is being explored. The project is supervised by Prof. Georgina Gethin and Prof. Gerard O'Connor.

Ana Lúcia Rebelo

Ana Lúcia Rebelo

Doctoral Candidate

Ana Lúcia obtained her MSc in Bioengineering (branch of Molecular Biotechnology) at University of Porto, Portugal. Her main research interests comprise biomaterials and their application in regenerative medicine, namely in the central nervous system. Currently she is working in the BrainMatTrain Project, under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

Anna Hobbins

Anna Hobbins

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Anna Hobbins is a postdoctoral researcher working on economic evaluation of medical devices at CÚRAM and Health Economics & Policy Analysis Centre NUI Galway. She completed her PhD in Queen’s University Belfast which involved producing the Irish “value set”, “population norms” using the EQ-5D-5L system. The output from Anna’s work, which has involved collaboration with colleagues across multiple disciplines, has been published in a range of leading national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Aoife Murray

Aoife Murray

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Aoife Murray graduated from the School of Medicine at NUI Galway in 2015 and worked as a clinician for 4 years. She holds an MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law from RCSI and is a BioInnovate alumna (Pg Dip). Aoife is currently working on the Care Connect Project, in Professor Derek O’Keeffe’s HIVE Lab in NUI Galway, a CÚRAM co-funded study in telemedicine during COVID, while also completing her MD. Her research interests include telehealth, stroke and geriatrics, and healthcare ethics in the older person.

Arun Thirumaran

Arun Thirumaran

Postdoctoral Researcher

Arun obtained his PhD from NUI Galway. His research was in genetically modifying mesenchymal stem cells for targeted therapy in critical limb ischemia. He has a Masters and M.Phil degree in Biotechnology from Bharathiyar University, India. Arun’s research areas are in the use of stem cells and biomaterials for cardiovascular and orthopaedic regeneration in CÚRAM, Arun is working under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs.

Bo Li

Bo Li

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bo obtained his PhD from the university of Warwick, in 2021. His research focused on the synthesis of polylactone based block copolymers and the preparation of nanostructures by crystallisation-driven self-assembly of polylactone block copolymers. He joined the Heise group at RCSI since September 2021 working on biodegradable crosslink materials funded by Syngenta, under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Heise.

Brian FitzGibbon

Brian FitzGibbon

Postdoctoral Researcher

Brian has a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway. His PhD research focused on the development of computational models to predict arterial dissection. Brian's current work is focused on the development of novel cohesive zone models to predict failure model failure of medical devices and biological tissues. He is supervised by Dr Patrick McGarry.

Clara Sanz Nogués

Clara Sanz Nogués

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Clara has a BSc Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), a MSc in Clinical Research from NUI Galway, and a PhD form NUI Galway. Her research focuses on developing novel mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC)-based therapies for treating diabetic complications. Clara’s current project at CÚRAM aims to develop a novel tissue engineered construct using umbilical cord MSCs for treating non-healing wound ulcers in diabetic patients. Her supervisors are Prof Timothy O’Brien and Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis.

David Keane

David Keane

Postdoctoral Researcher

David has a background in medical physics with 15 years in the NHS as a registered Clinical Scientist. His research focuses on technology in haemodialysis, including a PhD on measurement of fluid status. Clinically, he supported clinical measurement and data usage in the renal unit and had leadership positions in the UK Kidney Association. David will be working with CÚRAM Co-PI Prof. Matt Griffin, developing clinical trial methodology and infrastructure as part of the Clinical Translation Support team.

Davood Roshan Sangachin

Davood Roshan Sangachin

Postdoctoral Researcher

Davood obtained his PhD in Statistics from NUI Galway in 2019. His primary research interest is in the longitudinal analysis of clinical biomarkers. In particular, he is interested in developing statistical models and algorithms to generate adaptive reference regions from high dimensional streaming data from medical devices. The development of early-warning systems in real-time will be a key enabler for enhanced patient monitoring and care. Davood is also responsible for the provision of bio-statistical training and support for CÚRAM researcher in research design, analysis and reporting. This project is supervised by Prof. John Newell.

Eimear Wallace

Eimear Wallace

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Eimear obtained her with BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science specialising in Pharmacology and MSc (Hons) in Regenerative Medicine from University of Galway. During her PhD, Eimear developed a soft robotic drug delivery system for controlled release of VEGF. Her research interests include regenerative medicine, medical devices, and drug delivery. At CÚRAM Eimear is working with Professor Garry Duffy of University of Galway to develop an active delivery device to improve glioblastoma treatment.

Elzbieta Ewertowska

Elzbieta Ewertowska

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Elzbieta Ewertowska obtained her MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de València. Her PhD research focused on the development of experimental and computational models for radiofrequency-based minimally invasive therapies in cancer treatment and pain management. Currently, she is working under the supervision of Prof. Laoise McNamara and in collaboration with Stryker Instruments on models to aid in the development of electrosurgical devices for soft tissue resection.

Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy

Doctoral Candidate

Gillian graduated in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology, National University of Ireland, Galway. She was a Chemistry Analytical Scientist at GSK, R&D Analytical and R&D Formulation Scientist at Mylan. She is undertaking an industrial-partnered project funded by Mylan. Key elements of her project in CÚRAM will be in the development of a novel sustained release drug delivery system. Gillian is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Giriprasath Ramanathan

Giriprasath Ramanathan

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Giriprasath obtained his PhD in 2017 from Anna University, Chennai, India. His research focused on the fabrication and characterization of biomaterials using different techniques for skin and bone tissue engineering application. He was awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship (IF) during his postdoc at KU leuven, Belgium. His research area is in the development of hydrogels for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in CURAM, under the supervision of Dr. Yury Rochev & Dr. Abhay Pandit.

Hong Cong

Hong Cong

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Hong Cong graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Medicine from Xiangya Medical College of Central South University, Changsha city, China. In 2020, with the funding of China Scholarship Council and NUI Galway, he arrived in Ireland to start a 4-year PhD research program. His research interests include adrenocortical cell, tumor immune microenvironment and nanoparticle novel therapy. At CÚRAM, Hong Cong is working under supervision of Dr Michael Conall Dennedy.

James O'Connor

James O'Connor

Postdoctoral Researcher

James received a BSc in Biotechnology from DCU and a BM BS from UL. His research interests include thoracic surgery, airway disease and regenerative medicine. James will be working on tracheal regeneration and tissue engineering under the supervision of Professor Karen Redmond and Professor Sally-Ann Cryan in conjunction with the Tissue Engineering Group in RCSI.

Joan Martí Muñoz

Joan Martí Muñoz

Postdoctoral Researcher

Joan received his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. His research was focused on investigating and developing Ca2+-releasing synthetic scaffolds to induce vascularization in hard-to-heal wounds. As a MedTrain fellow, Joan is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit on developing TD139 delivery conjugates for the treatment of fibrotic pathologies.

Juan Fandiño

Juan Fandiño

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Juan obtained his B.Sc. in Biology, M.Sc. in Nutrition and PhD in Endocrinology from the University of Vigo. His PhD research was focused on the study of the effect of a GLP-1 receptor agonist in an animal model of lung fibrosis. His research interests are the study of novel therapies for the treatment of pulmonary diseases. At CÚRAM, Juan is working in a preclinical testing of iPS-derived MSCs in animal models of bacterial and viral ARDS under the supervision of Dr. Daniel O’Toole and Prof. John Laffey.

Katarzyna Mnich

Katarzyna Mnich

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Katarzyna Mnich obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from NUI Galway. Her research is focused on a better understanding of how tumor cells survive stress in order to identify better therapeutic strategies. Currently, she is working under the supervision of Prof. Adrienne Gorman on the IRE1 inhibitor development and delivery system for the more efficient treatment of glioblastoma.

Krittish Roy

Krittish Roy

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Krittish completed his PhD from the Department of Chemistry, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032. He has expertise in inorganic synthesis, MOF synthesis, graphene synthesis, thin and thick film preparation, nanofiber preparation through electrospinning technique, energy harvesting devices, device fabrication. He has published nearly 15 articles to date in different reputed journals. In addition, he has presented his work in several national and international conferences. Krittish is enthusiastic about learning different tools to improve research contributions. His research is on biodegradable film preparation and coating for in-vivo application, supervised by Dr. Tofail Syed.

Luis Soriano

Luis Soriano

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Luis Soriano is a biomedical engineer with an M.Sc in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. He moved to Ireland to carry out his PhD in respiratory tissue engineering and 3D printing. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher in CÚRAM working on the development and characterisation of novel materials for its application in airway regeneration and tracheal restoration. His research areas of interest include bioengineering, biomaterials, 3D printing, stem cell research, respiratory regeneration and medical devices.

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Mehmet Gürdal

Mehmet Gürdal

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Dr Mehmet Gürdal obtained his PhD from Ege University, Turkey. His doctoral research was in corneal bioengineering. During his PhD, he participated in innovative clinical research that used ex vivo expanded autologous corneal stem cells in patients. His general research interest focuses on the stem cells and their clinical applications. In CÚRAM, he is working on scaffold-free tissue engineering under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis.

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Muhammad Riaz ur Rehman

Muhammad Riaz ur Rehman

Postdoctoral Researcher

Muhammad Riaz ur Rehman obtained his PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea in 2020. He has 10 years industry experience related to design of Software Defined Radios and embedded system design. His area of interest are design of digital IC and embedded systems based on FPGA and microcontroller. Currently developing an electronic embedded system for powering and communication with an implantable biosensor. He is supervised by Dr William Wijns and Dr Atif Shahzad.

Oana Madalina Mereuta

Oana Madalina Mereuta

Postdoctoral Researcher

Oana completed a MD degree at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa”, Romania and PhD at the University of Torino, Italy. Her most recent research activity at Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA was focused on the amyloid typing of formalin fixed paraffin embedded biopsies through laser microdissection and mass spectrometry-based proteomics. In CÚRAM, she is working on the acute ischaemic stroke clot pathology under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle.

Pravin Bhattarai

Pravin Bhattarai

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pravin Bhattarai completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Peking University, China (2019). He worked on the near-infrared fluorescent molecular probes-based phototherapy and imaging for cancer theranostics. After PhD, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biophotonics at Phutung Research Institute, Nepal. Currently, at CÚRAM he plans to work on the design of piezoelectric energy scavenging biomaterials for low power biomedical applications under Dr. Manus Biggs.

Rosanna Rossi

Rosanna Rossi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rosanna obtained her MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Chieti, Italy. After that, she worked at IZSUM in Perugia, where she became competent in the development of several protocols involving HRMS analysis for food control obtaining her PhD in Chemistry jointly with the University of Perugia. Currently, Rosanna is working under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle aiming to identify novel biomarkers in AIS clots and to correlate their occurrence with clinical observations.

Rumi Khandelia

Rumi Khandelia

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rumi did her PhD in Chemistry (specialisation - Nanomedicine) from IIT Guwahati (IITG), India and her postdoc from IITG and IIT Genova, Italy. She worked in the Pharmaceutical industry as senior manager for 2.5 years as part of the analytical team and worked on new product development. Currently, she is working as a Marie Curie Fellow in UCD, Ireland under Prof. David Brayden on the project - development of protein nanoparticles for intra-articular delivery of an inflammatory drug to treat osteoarthritis.

Sahil Malhotra

Sahil Malhotra

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sahil obtained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Indian Institute of technology Delhi. His research focused on engineering Red Blood Cells membrane to develop biocompatible nanovesicles for biomedical applications. After completing his PhD, Sahil worked as a scientist with Biocon, one of the leading global brands in Biopharmaceuticals, where he worked on physico-chemical characterization of biosimilars. He is currently working on an SFI and Marie-Curie Action co-funded project under the supervision of Prof. David Brayden at UCD wherein he will develop a Mucoadhesive Buccal patch for systemic delivery of anti-cancer peptide drugs.

Seán McCarthy

Seán McCarthy

Postdoctoral Researcher

Seán obtained his PhD from University College Dublin. His research interests include genomics and gene therapy in the area of acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis. At CÚRAM, Seán is examining high efficacy throughput screening of vehicles for mRNA delivery to the lung in ARDS with Dr Daniel O’Toole and Prof. John Laffey.

Shahen Andonian

Shahen Andonian

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shahen has joined CÚRAM as a Lead Engineer on an industry project. Shahen holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from WIT, Boston, MA. USA. He has over 25 years experience in the medical device industry. Shahen’s past experience has been working as a Senior R&D Engineer in Boston Scientific MA Design and Development of Cerebrovascular, Cardiovascular and Peripheral vascular Catheters based devices from concept through commercialization.

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Smita Patil

Smita Patil

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Smita received MSc in Biotechnology from University of Mumbai and PhD in Biomedical engineering from IIT-Delhi, India. At IIT, she developed a simple strategy for spatially controlling stem cell differentiation by functional groups, antimicrobial bone tissue engineering scaffold with green synthesized AgNPs and extended the strategy to differentiate stem cells in 3D. Smita is now working with Dr. Karen Doyle on, histopathology of stroke clots and correlation of composition with impedance measurements.

Vincent Casey

Vincent Casey

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Vincent obtained his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway. His PhD research focused on the analysis of airborne by-products created by surgical cutting devices through experimental and computational methods. Currently, he is working under the supervision of Prof. Laoise McNamara and in collaboration with Stryker Instruments on models to aid in the development of electrosurgical devices.