Team Profiles

Aert Scheper

Aert Scheper

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Aert obtained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Regenerative Medicine & Technology from Utrecht University. His research interests include biomaterials, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. At CÚRAM, Aert is working under supervision of Prof. Pandit in the PREMUROSA project.

Alexandre Watigny

Alexandre Watigny

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Alexandre did a “Cursus Master of Engineering” (CMI), where he received a BSc in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology, followed with a MSc in Biomaterial for health and finally a CMI certification label, at the newly CY Tech Cergy-Paris University, France. His research interests focus on Tissue Engineering and Biomaterial for skin repair. Alexandre is working under the supervision of Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis, in collaboration with Viscus Biologics to develop novel therapy biomaterials for wound repair.

Amal Aljaabary

Amal Aljaabary

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Amal received her MB BCh (Bachelor of medicine and surgery) at Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Egypt and worked for some time as a pediatric resident before joining CÚRAM. Amal is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit, focusing on the applications of biomaterials in regenerative medicine.

Amir Mohammed Abdo

Amir Mohammed Abdo

Doctoral Candidate

Amir received a BSc in Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSc in Biochemistry, Helwan University, Egypt and MSc in Biological& Bioprocess Engineering, Sheffield University, U.K. He spent some time working as a research assistant of chemistry at NCRRT, Egypt. In CÚRAM, he is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit on the designing of nitric oxide scavengers.

Andrea De Pieri

Andrea De Pieri

Doctoral Candidate

Andrea received a Bachelor Degree in Health Biotechnologies and Masters Degree in Medical Biotechnologies, Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy. Andrea's area of research is the fabrication of electrospun polymeric fibres and the development of scaffold-free tissue engineering strategies for tendon regeneration. He is now undertaking a PhD in collaboration with Proxy Biomedical, under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Ankita Pramanick

Ankita Pramanick

Doctoral Candidate

I have received my Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Fibre Technology from the University of Calcutta, and Master of Technology (MTech, Gold medalist) in Fibre Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD). My research interests include biomaterials and bioprinting. I am working as a PhD candidate in CÚRAM. My research is focused on engineering shape morphogenesis in tissue and organ model using bioprinting, under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit and Dr. Andrew Daly.

Anna Sorushanova

Anna Sorushanova

Doctoral Candidate

Anna obtained a BSc in Biomedical Science, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland. Her research interests include: cell culture, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Anna is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Augusto Loffredo

Augusto Loffredo

Doctoral Candidate

Augusto received a Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnological Engineering at UNESP, Brazil, and he studied one year of Biomedical Engineering in NUI Galway. He worked for four years in the Physics, Biophysics and Biomaterials lab of UNESP – Assis. His research interests include biomaterials, polymers and medical devices development. He is working under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs on the development of microelectrodes for further medical applications.

Benazir Abbasi

Benazir Abbasi

Doctoral Candidate

Benazir completed her Medical school (MBBS) in 2011 in Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Sindh Pakistan. Benazir’s study focuses on the early detection of Neutropenia and she intends to develop a non-invasive medical device to measure neutrophils in cancer patients on chemotherapy. She is working under the supervision of Dr Sanjeev Gupta and Dr Ananya Gupta.

Bianca Castelli

Bianca Castelli

Doctoral Candidate

Bianca did her BSc in Biotechnology at the University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano) and then moved to Galway to do her MSc in Regenerative Medicine. She is currently doing her PhD as part of the lifETIME CDT program, focusing on neurodegeneration (esp multiple sclerosis) and the development of a point of care (POC) device to detect biomarkers of neurodegeneration. Her supervisor is Dr Una FitzGerald, and her secondary supervisor is Prof John Cooper (University of Glasgow).

Blake Bowers

Blake Bowers

Doctoral Candidate

Blake received a BSc in Mathematics from NUI Galway, and then obtained a masters in International Entrepreneurship Management from the University of Limerick. Blake is working under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Levie on the Commercialisation of CÚRAM's technologies. His research interests include: Commercialisation, innovation, technological entrepreneurship, and strategy.

Büşra Günay

Büşra Günay

Doctoral Candidate

Büşra has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Biotechnology, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey. Her research area includes bone tissue engineering, biomaterials and regenerative medicine with orthopaedic applications. In CÚRAM, she is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit in collaboration with Dr Sibylle Grad of AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland.

Carolina Vargas-Estevez

Carolina Vargas-Estevez

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Carolina Vargas-Estevez is SFI postdoctoral fellow with CÚRAM since July 2019. She obtained her PhD in Nanotechnology from Universitat de Barcelona, doing “Suspended Micro/nanogenerators for cell stimulation”. She has a Bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia) and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). Currently, she is working on resorbable energy harvesting devices for biosensors and biostimulators.

Catherine Healy

Catherine Healy

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

4. Catherine obtained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with a specialisation in Pharmacology from NUI Galway in 2020. Her research interests include neuroscience, the endocannabinoid system, chronic pain, and wound healing. Catherine is undertaking an industry-partnered project under the supervision of Prof David Finn, and co-supervision of Prof Abhay Pandit and Dr Georgina Gethin.

Christopher Lally

Christopher Lally

Doctoral Candidate

Christopher holds a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from University College Dublin and an MSc in Biotechnology from NUI Galway. He has spent some time working as a process scientist with Bionua, a small biopharmaceutical start-up. Christopher's current focus at CÚRAM is the development of device-based solutions for unmet needs in multiple sclerosis, under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit and Dr Una Fitzgerald.

Daniela Costa

Daniela Costa

Doctoral Candidate

Daniela graduated in Biochemistry and received an MSc in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Univ. of Coimbra, Portugal. Later, she engaged in a Michael J. Fox Foundation-funded project at the Univ. of Bordeaux. As part of the EU ITN PMSMatTrain consortium, she is currently developing a therapeutic agent delivery system for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Daniela will be carrying out her research under the supervision of Dr Una Fitzgerald and co-supervision of Dr Jill McMahon at NUIG.

Dilip Shingare Waman

Dilip Shingare Waman

Doctoral Candidate

Dilip has a Bachelor of pharmacy from College of Pharmacy, Nasik, and M. Tech. in Pharmaceutical Technology from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), S.A.S. Nagar, Punjab. His general area of research is recombinant proteins, Biomaterials and Biomedical engineering. In CÚRAM he is working on use of marine based bioadhesives in Biomedical Engineering which includes recombinant production of adhesive protein from barnacles and characterization for adhesive properties under the supervision of Prof. Gerard Wall.

Elena De Lucia

Elena De Lucia

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Elena received a BSc in Biomedical Laboratory Tecnique at University of Ferrara, Italy and a MSc in Functional Genomics at University of Trieste, Italy. Her research area is stem cell research, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Elena is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

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.

Eugenia Pugliese

Eugenia Pugliese

Doctoral Candidate

Eugenia obtained a Bsc and an Msc in Industrial Biotechnology, University of Bari (Aldo Moro), Italy.Her research area is in biomaterials (polymer films and nanoparticles) for biomedical applications. Her current area of research within CÚRAM is the development of collagen-based films. Eugenia is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Georgina Targa

Georgina Targa

Doctoral Candidate

Georgina obtained a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and MSc in Translational Medicine from the University of Barcelona. Her research interests include Regenerative Medicine and Tissue engineering. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit in the EU iPSpine project.

Gianluca Bartolini Torres

Gianluca Bartolini Torres

Doctoral Candidate

Gianluca obtained a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Chemical Sciences and Technologies at the university of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. His research focuses on the development of a new class of bioadhesives by engineering bioadhesive properties into the polypeptide hydrogels, a new kind of hybrid materials aiming to be use for 3D printing applications in tissue engineering. Gianluca is working under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Heise at the Royal College Dublin of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin.

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.

Guillermo Palop

Guillermo Palop

Doctoral Candidate

Guillermo holds a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Organic Chemistry from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain. He has spent some time working in REPSOL, a Spanish petrochemical multinational, and as a predoctoral researcher in UCM. His research focuses on the development of reagents and methods for preparing synthetic collagen- and elastin-type materials for regenerative medicine, under the supervision of Dr Eddie Myers.

Hendrik Müller

Hendrik Müller

Doctoral Candidate

Hendrik obtained a BSc and MSc in Medical Engineering Science, Universität zu Lübeck. Research interest include biophysics, fluidics, laser applications and imaging. He is working on a CÚRAM project to develop and evaluate novel devices for wound treatment. The project centres on creating an artificial wound model using the printed electronics and biomaterials manufacturing test-bed under development at NUI Galway. Under supervision of Dr Gerard O’Connor and Dr Georgina Gethin.

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.

Ibrahim Erbay

Ibrahim Erbay

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Yi Jan Lim completed his BSc in pharmacology and therapeutics in 2019 and started his PhD in October 2019 under the supervision of Dr Michael Conall Dennedy. Yi Jan’s primary focus is designing a 3D reconstruction of the adrenal glands and its surrounding organs. The 3D reconstruction, based on accumulated computed tomography scans, will aid the development of a simulation model which can facilitate probe design and placement for predictive ablative procedures.

Ignacio Sallent

Ignacio Sallent

Doctoral Candidate

Ignacio obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of Barcelona, Spain and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London.Ignacio's area of research is in biomaterials and tissue engineering for musculoskeletal tissues. He is working on the Tendon Therapy Train Project under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Jack Schofield

Jack Schofield

Doctoral Candidate

Jack received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin, followed by an MSc in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests include glycobiology, metabolism and their roles in corneal pathology. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit and Prof. Thomas Ritter.

Jinxin Zhang

Jinxin Zhang

Doctoral Candidate

Jinxin completed her BCs (Hons) Chemistry with biophysical chemistry at University College Dublin and M.Sc in Pharmaceutical science at Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD project is on intra-articular delivery of a solid lipid nanoparticle containing an anti-inflammatory steroid prodrug to treat osteoarthritis under the supervision of Prof. David Brayden.

Josep

Josep

Doctoral Candidate

João received a MSc in Bioengineering- Molecular Biotechnology, University of Porto, Portugal. His research area is in cell-guiding collagen-based scaffolds for regenerative medicine application. He is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

João  Coentro

João Coentro

Doctoral Candidate

João received a MSc in Bioengineering- Molecular Biotechnology, University of Porto, Portugal. His research area is in cell-guiding collagen-based scaffolds for regenerative medicine application. He is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Judith Evers

Judith Evers

Postdoctoral Researcher

Judith Evers’ studied veterinary medicine in Leipzig, Germany. After graduating, Judith worked with in a large equine hospital in Kildare, Ireland. She then completed a PhD on the mechanism of action of sacral neuromodulation in a rodent model under Prof. James Jones at UCD. Judith has continued her research in neuromodulation in animal models. In CÚRAM, she works on the electrode-tissue interface of chronically implanted electrodes in deep brain stimulation under Prof. Madeleine Lowery.

Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Katie received her BSc (Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology and her MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry from University College Dublin. Her research involves the preparation of magnetically responsive composites by incorporating magnetic nanoparticles in peptide hydrogels (Pepti-Gels) for biomedical applications in cancer therapy and MRI imaging. In CÚRAM she is working under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dermot Brougham in University College Dublin in collaboration with Manchester BIOGEL.

Liam Fitzgerald

Liam Fitzgerald

Doctoral Candidate

Liam received his BSc in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Chemistry from Maynooth Univeristy. As part of this he undertook an internship in The Human Toxicology Section of The State Laboratory. His interest areas include both organic and medical chemistry. Liam is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Miriam O’Duill on the development of Self-Immolative Linkers for Ion-Responsive Drug Delivery.

Mansoor Al-waeel

Mansoor Al-waeel

Doctoral Candidate

Mansoor received Doctor of Pharmacy (bachelor’s) from University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He received Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s in Nanomedicine for drug delivery from the University of Paris Descartes, France in collaboration with the University of Pavia, Italy, University of Patras, Greece and University of Angers France. Mansoor spent some time working at Alfasigma S.p.A. pharmaceuticals, Italy. Currently, he is working in the PMSMatTrain project under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit at CÚRAM.

Małgorzata Dąbrowska

Małgorzata Dąbrowska

Doctoral Candidate

Małgorzata received her MSc in Neuroscience at Jagiellonian Univ. Cracow, Poland. During her thesis, she worked on the impact of a KCNQ1 channel mutation associated with the Brugada Syndrome at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Later, she worked at the Małopolskie Centre of Biotechnology in Cracow, Poland. Małgorzata has a deep passion for the neurodegenerative side of neuroscience, especially multiple sclerosis. In CÚRAM, she is working under supervision of Dr Una Fitzgerald in the PMSMatTrain project.

Meletios-Nikolaos Doulgkeroglou

Meletios-Nikolaos Doulgkeroglou

Doctoral Candidate

Meletios obtained an MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2009. In 2017, he received an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Patras, Greece. His research interests include the development of biomaterials using different methods such as electrospinning for soft tissue engineering. Meletios is working in the REMODEL group under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis.

Muireann O'Reilly

Muireann O'Reilly

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Muireann obtained a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science, with a major in Anatomy, from NUI Galway in 2021. Her research area includes anatomy, bioengineering and regenerative medicine, particularly delivery devices for biomaterial-based therapies for cardiac repair. At CÚRAM, Muireann is working under the supervision of Prof. Garry Duffy in the Duffy Lab at NUI Galway, where her research is focussed on developing a novel device for delivering therapeutic hydrogels to the myocardium post-myocardial infarction.

Naledi Shologu

Naledi Shologu

Doctoral Candidate

Naledi received a BSc (Honours) in Medical Biotechnology, Institute of Technology Sligo and a MSc in Biomedical Science, National University of Ireland Galway. Her research interests include: stem cell research, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Neville Murphy

Neville Murphy

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Having completed my undergrad and submitting a masters thesis on the subject my field of research is focused on the metallacarboranes, which are typical 'sandwich' metal complexes using polyhedral carborane ligands. Their enzyme inhibition and antimicrobial properties have catered well to my interests in research thus far; the medicinal applications of these molecules. In CÚRAM I am working on loading metallacarboranes into biomaterials as a therapeutic agent. My Supervisor is Dr. Pau Farràs.

Niall Treacy

Niall Treacy

Doctoral Candidate

Niall graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology. His current research within CÚRAM investigates the use of fully synthetic peptide hydrogels to act as a support matrix for the growth and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cell derived kidney organoids. Niall is working under the supervision of Dr. John Crean within the Diabetes Complications Research Centre in UCD.

Niamh Geoghegan

Niamh Geoghegan

Doctoral Candidate

Niamh graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology. She is undertaking a PhD in the Kelleher Nanostructured Biomaterials Group based in the School of Chemistry, UCD. Within CÚRAM, her research is focused on biodegradable nanoneedle arrays and their potential for cell/tissue penetration for medical device applications. Niamh is working under the supervision of Dr Susan Kelleher.

Nuno Silva

Nuno Silva

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Nuno Silva is a PhD student in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the NUI Galway, under supervision of Dr Adnan Elahi and Dr Martin O’Halloran in the Translational Medical Device Lab. His research is focused in electromagnetic inductive methods to be applied in biomedical sensors, specifically on the development of a surveillance monitoring sensor for aortic aneurisms. Nuno received his BSc and MSc in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering from University of Lisbon in 2019.

Preethem Srinath

Preethem Srinath

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Preethem received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, USA and his MSc in Regenerative Medicine from Manipal University, India. His research interests include developing biomaterial-based solutions to address unmet clinical needs, tissue engineered in vitro models to study disease, and 3D Bioprinting. He will be working on Extracellular Matrix based drug delivery systems to alleviate chronic pain in non-healing wounds, under the supervision of Prof Abhay Pandit.

Rahul Bhatti

Rahul Bhatti

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Rahul has completed B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry from Hansraj College, University of Delhi and Masters in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, India. His research focuses on developing polymerbased drug delivery system. In CURAM, Rahul will be working on preparing Polymer based nanosphere for targeting Multiple Myeloma under the supervision of Prof Abhay Pandit.

Sean Kilroy

Sean Kilroy

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Sean Kilroy obtained his BSc and MEng (Biomedical) from UCD, and is currently pursuing a PhD there. His area of research is the interaction of minimally invasive medical devices with GI tissue. At CÚRAM, he will be further developing Endopierce, a device for safe material injection in the submucosal space, as part of UCD’s MDD Group and in collaboration with Prof. Giovanni Traverso’s lab. Supervising the project is Dr. Eoin O'Cearbhaill, BE, PhD, an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at UCD.

Secil Demir

Secil Demir

Doctoral Candidate

Secil received a BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Istanbul University, Turkey and a MSc in Biotechnology from Yeditepe University, Turkey. Her main field of interest lies in regenerative medicine with special emphasis on molecular biology techniques such as gene therapy for tissue regeneration. Secil is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Seán O'Halloran

Seán O'Halloran

Doctoral Candidate

Seán received his BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences in DCU. His research is based on the development of hybrid gene editing biomaterials and biocompatible coatings for medical devices, to act as superoxide dismutase catalysts, using 3D laser lithography, “Click” chemistry and chelating ligands. His work is performed within the Nano Research Facility in DCU on the reduction of oxidative stress due to reactive oxygen species under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Kellett.

Shanshan Du

Shanshan Du

Doctoral Candidate

Shanshan obtained a BSc in Biology and MSc in Physiology at Hebei Normal University, China. She has spent some time working as a TEM technician at Tsinghua University. Her research area is stem cell research, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Shanshan is working under the supervision of Prof. Timothy O’Brien and Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis.

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Shima Shapoori

Shima Shapoori

Doctoral Candidate

Shima Obtained her B.Sc. in General Biology and her M.Sc. in Medical Immunology from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Her Ph.D. Project is focused on diagnostic biomarkers and the development of a point-of-care device for Multiple Sclerosis patients, under the supervision of Dr. Una Fitzgerald. She is funded by Irish Research Council (IRC).

Shubhasmin Rana

Shubhasmin Rana

Doctoral Candidate

Shubhasmin completed her BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, S.B. women’s college Cuttack, Odisha, India under Utkal University and MSc in Chemistry, National Institute of Technology(NIT) Rourkela, Odisha, India.Her research interests include biomaterials, electrospinning and bone tissue engineering.Shubhasmin is working under supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Vaishali Chugh

Vaishali Chugh

Doctoral Candidate

Vaishali obtained a BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Chemistry (Specialization in Organic Chemistry) from University of Delhi, Hansraj College, India. She has also worked as Project Fellow in IIT, Kanpur and University of Delhi, India. Her research interests include Designing Nucleic Acid Responsive Delivery System. Vaishali is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Yağmur Bozkurt

Yağmur Bozkurt

Doctoral Candidate

Yagmur received her BSc degree in Genetics and Bioengineering and her MSc in Bioengineering in Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Her main research interests comprises biomaterials, drug delivery systems and their application in medicine. Currently she is working in the PMSMatTrain Project under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit at CÚRAM.