Team Profiles

Anna Kargaard

Anna Kargaard

MedTrain Fellow

Anna received a PhD in polymer science at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) in collaboration with UMC Utrecht (the Netherlands). Her research focused on developing environmentally responsive polymer systems for application in gene therapy. As a MedTrain fellow, Anna is excited to have joined the Heise group at RCSI in order to design polypeptides for application as antimicrobial coatings for medical devices.

Daniela Barone

Daniela Barone

MedTrain Fellow

Daniela received a PhD in Biomolecular Sciences from the Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging (Italian National Research Council) in Naples (Italy). Her doctoral dissertation was focused on the analysis of the conformational properties of HCV envelope proteins. In CÚRAM she is working under the supervision of Prof. Lokesh Joshi on the development of novel glyco-biomaterials for application in the regeneration and replacement of tissues.

Delphine Antoine

Delphine Antoine

MedTrain Fellow

Delphine Antoine obtained her MSc in cell biology at the University of Nancy, France. Her main research interests comprise discovering and developing targeted immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer. Currently, she is working on the MedTrain project, under the supervision of Dr Gerard Wall at NUI Galway. This research will exploit the production of recombinant proteins tailored for targeted delivery of therapeutics.

Dimitar P. Mitev

Dimitar P. Mitev

MedTrain Fellow

Dimitar completed his PhD at SRTI-BAS in 2010. As a postdoc in the Australian UTAS, he developed novel methods for purification and characterisation of nanodiamond at the ACROSS, School of Chemistry. In 2014, he joined “Biocompatible materials” lab of ISSP-BAS. He worked on the European FP7 INERA Project and was a projects collaborator at UCTM-Sofia, before starting with CÚRAM. He is working on cold plasma depositions and modifications of micro- and macroobjects under supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Durgadas Cherukaraveedu

Durgadas Cherukaraveedu

MedTrain Fellow

Durgadas completed his PhD from SCTIMST, India and was a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral exchange fellow at the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA (2012-2013). He obtained Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowship in 2015 and worked at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK. As a MedTrain fellow, Durgadas is working under the supervision of Professor Abhay Pandit to develop peptoid based supramolecular gels for drug delivery applications.

Elaine Waters

Elaine Waters

MedTrain Fellow

Elaine received her PhD in Microbiology from University College Dublin (UCD) before gaining postdoctoral experience at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre (Lab: Prof Paul Fey) and University of Liverpool (Lab: Prof Aras Kadioglu). Her research interests include biofilm formation, antibiotic tolerance and host-pathogen interaction. Elaine is excited to have joined Dr Michelle Kilcoyne’s group as a MedTrain Fellow to develop novel coatings to prevent biofilm formation on implanted medical devices.

Emily Growney Kalaf

Emily Growney Kalaf

MedTrain Fellow

Emily received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University with an emphasis in biomaterials characterization and tissue engineering, working on repair and regeneration of the intervertebral disc. She subsequently completed a Whitaker post-doctoral fellowship at the Regenerative Medicine Institute studying mesenchymal stem cell interactions within alginate-based tissue analogues. As a MedTrain fellow, Emily will join Dr Jessamyn Fairfield's group to research neural material interfaces.

Firas Awaja

Firas Awaja

MedTrain Fellow

Dr Awaja obtained his PhD from RMIT University (Melbourne) in 2004. He was employed by RMIT University from 2003 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the chemistry department. In 2005, Dr Awaja was employed by Deakin University as a Research Fellow. Dr Awaja then went to Sydney to work as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney from 2008. Dr Awaja was appointed as a Lecturer, for the year 2011-2012. Dr Awaja obtained a Marie Curie COFUND fellowship and joined the PAM-SE group at FBK (Italy).

Hossien Khani

Hossien Khani

MedTrain Fellow

Dr. Khani studied Chemical Engineering (B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D) and his expertise is in Materials Engineering of Medical Devices. In CÚRAM he will develop 3D biodegradable hydrogel composed of natural polymers to be used as template for early stage sensors detection.

James Wilson

James Wilson

MedTrain Fellow

James completed his PhD in Chemistry in the Dove Group at the University of Warwick in 2015, this was followed by a postdoc at the University of Akron, working in the Becker Group. His research focuses on the ring-opening (co)polymerisation of functional monomers for 3D printing and tissue engineering applications. With funding from CÚRAM, James has joined the Heise group at the RCSI in order to research hybrid copolymer networks for application as implantable degradable bioadhesives.

Jitendra Wankar

Jitendra Wankar

MedTrain Fellow

Jitendra received MS (Pharmaceutics) from NIPER, India, & PhD from ISOF-CNR Bologna and Ferrara University, Italy. His PhD study was a part of the European Marie Curie ITN Project “CyclonHit” under the supervision of Dr. Ilse Manet. The main area of research was Silica and Cyclodextrin based nanomaterials for antibiotics delivery. In CURAM, he is working under the supervision of Prof Yury Rochev and Prof Abhay Pandit in developing drug delivery strategies for inflammatory bowel diseases.

Joan Martí Muñoz

Joan Martí Muñoz

MedTrain Fellow

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 will work under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit in the functionalization of collagen hydrogels with a novel antifibrotic drug (TD139) to treat fibrosis in spinal cord injury.

Jogula Srinivas

Jogula Srinivas

MedTrain Fellow

Jogula completed his PhD under Professor Prabhat Arya at the University of Hyderabad, India.During his doctoral studies, he synthesized various novel macrocyclic compounds based on carbohydrates and natural products like Geldanamycin.Jogula spent some time as a Post-doctoral research fellow in Professor Masahiko Hayashi’s group, Kobe University, Japan. In CÚRAM, he will work with Prof. Paul Murphy in developing galectin-3 inhibitors.

Katarzyna Krukiewicz

Katarzyna Krukiewicz

MEDTRAIN FELLOW

Katarzyna obtained her PhD in Chemistry in the Department of Physical Chemistry and Technology of Polymers, Silesian University of Technology, Poland. In CÚRAM, she is working under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs. Her research interests include: electrochemistry, conducting polymers, drug delivery systems and surface modification methods.

Kishor Kumar Keekan

Kishor Kumar Keekan

MedTrain Fellow

Kishor received a BSc in Chemistry, Botany & Microbiology, MSc in Microbiology and PhD in Applied Botany from Mangalore University, India. Before joining CÚRAM, he was teaching microbiology and microbial genomics at Besant Women’s College, Mangalore and Central University of Kerala, India. At CÚRAM, he will work on the isolation and characterisation of biomolecules produced by marine invertebrates with applications as hydrogels under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Thomas.

Laura Farina

Laura Farina

MedTrain Fellow

Laura received an MSc (Biomedical Eng) and a PhD (ICT) from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Her research interests are electromagnetism applied to medicine, with a focus on the experimental and numerical characterization of the electromagnetic, thermal and physical changes undergone by tissues treated with microwave ablation procedures. She will work on a novel microwave ablation system capable of identifying and destroying shallow adrenal adenomas under the supervision of Dr Martin O’Halloran.

Manita Dangol

Manita Dangol

MedTrain Fellow

Manita received her PhD in Biotechnology from the Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. After completing her PhD she was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia. Her interests include: transdermal drug delivery, microsensors, and micro-spectroscopy. As a MedTrain Fellow in CÚRAM, she has joined the Medical Device Design Group headed by Dr Eoin O’Cearbhaill at UCD for the development of novel state-of-the-art medical devices.

Merari Tumin Chevalier

Merari Tumin Chevalier

MedTrain Fellow

Merari completed a Degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Material Science at the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina. As part of her PhD studies she was a Visiting Fellow at the Polymer Science and Technology Institute - CSIC, Madrid. Her general area of research includes nanomedicine, polymer science and biomaterials. In CÚRAM, Merari will be working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit aiming to develop novel biomaterials for cardiac repair.

Neema Negi

Neema Negi

MedTrain Fellow

Neema completed her PhD from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India under Prof. Bimal K Das. She investigated HIV-specific T-cell response against Potential T Cell Epitopes peptides (PTE) by interferon-γ enzyme-linked immunospot assay and flow cytometry. In CURAM, she is working with Prof. Matthew Griffin to optimise the interactions of MSCs for ex-vivo expansion of T regulatory cells.

Pau Redón Lurbe

Pau Redón Lurbe

MedTrain Fellow

Pau was awarded a PhD in predictive modelling and now is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow working at CÚRAM in developing new intelligent medical devices. His research pursues the design of a point of care device, for ambulatory and home-based care, to measure troponin levels in a minimally invasive way. He will be supervised by Prof. William Wijns - SFI Professor in Interventional Cardiology at NUIG- which is an international opinion leader and head of the Smart Sensor Laboratory at the Lambe Institute.

Rajendra Kurapati

Rajendra Kurapati

MedTrain Fellow

Rajendra Kurapati obtained PhD in Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His thesis on developing “graphene oxide based multilayered capsules for drug delivery applications”. Then, he worked as a Post-Doc with Dr Alberto Bianco at IBMC-CNRS France, studied biodegradation of graphene materials (Graphene Flagship). In CURAM, he is working with Prof Abhay Pandit to develop “biodegradable black phosphorus–CaCO3 nanoparticles for targeted chemo-photothermal therapy for glioblastoma”

Ronaldo José Farias Corrêa do Amaral

Ronaldo José Farias Corrêa do Amaral

MedTrain Fellow

Ronaldo completed a BSc (Biological Sciences - 2008), an MSc and a PhD (Morphological Sciences – 2011 and 2015) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). His general area of research includes stem cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In CÚRAM, Ronaldo will be working with Prof. Fergal O’Brien in a MedTrain project in order to develop novel biomaterials for wound healing based on the incorporation of platelet-rich plasma into collagen-based scaffolds.

Stefanie Korntner

Stefanie Korntner

MedTrain Fellow

Stefanie received a BSc (Physiology & Cell Biology) and MSc (Zoology) from the University of Salzburg (Austria) and carried out research at the Institute of Tendon- and Bone Regeneration at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg (Austria) for her PhD studies. Her PhD focused on effects of nutritional glucose in tendon regeneration.Stefanie is working in Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis's group on novel treatment strategies for tendon-enthesis regeneration.

Stéphanie Lhomond

Stéphanie Lhomond

MedTrain Fellow

Stéphanie obtained a PhD in Cellular Biology and Physiopathology, University of Bordeaux, working on cellular stresses in brain and liver cancer. She subsequently joined a spin-off company providing high technology services applied to cancer research and nutrition.In CÚRAM, she will study the benefits of inhibiting IRE1 in glioma, under the supervision of Dr Adrienne Gorman. By targeting this key actor of cellular stresses in cancer, we intend to design a personalized medicine to enhance patients’ survival.

Sudhin Thampi

Sudhin Thampi

MedTrain Fellow

Sudhin received his PhD in Biomedical Devices and Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2016. His doctoral research included creating advanced biomaterials for improved bio-interaction using graphene-based polymer composites. Currently he is working with Prof. Lawrence Egan and Prof. Abhay Pandit on designing Drug releasing Seton for Perianal Fistula in Crohn’s patients.

Tania Hidalgo Crespo

Tania Hidalgo Crespo

MEDTRAIN FELLOW

Tania earned a BSc in Molecular Biology and an MSc in Molecular Immunology in Spain. She was awarded a Joint PhD from the University of Versailles (France) and the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in Material Chemistry and Pharmacy. Her research focused on the therapeutic efficacy of advanced nanomaterials. Her current CÚRAM project focuses on drug delivery platforms for nucleic acid delivery across the blood-brain barrier supervised by Prof. Caitriona O’Driscoll, UCC.

Tapas Mitra

Tapas Mitra

MedTrain Fellow

Tapas obtained his Ph.D in Biochemistry from CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute, India. He developed collagen based scaffold material as a drug delivery vehicle in his Ph.D work. He also developed graphene based scaffold and hyaluronic acid based hydrogel material in his post doctoral work as a Kothari post doc fellow and National Post Doc fellow at University of Calcutta, India. In CÚRAM he is working with Prof. Garry Duffy on Development of a Responsive Drug Delivery Reservoir for Type 1 Diabetes.

Tomasz Walski

Tomasz Walski

MedTrain Fellow

Tomasz received his PhD in Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. His research at Wrocław University of Science and Technology was focused on developing a method for blood protection against damage caused by extracorporeal circulation. As a MedTrain fellow, Tomasz joined the Biggs group at NUI Galway to design an efficient system for real-time monitoring and quantitative analysis of gliosis, providing a powerful tool for research into CNS damage and repair.

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

MedTrain Fellow

Vijay received his Ph.D in Life Sciences from University of Delhi, India. His research focused on biopolymeric nanoparticlulate approaches for inflammatory diseases. As a MedTrain Fellow, he is currently working in CÚRAM with Prof. Abhay Pandit on functionalization of biomaterials for myocardial infarction.

Yazhong Bu

Yazhong Bu

MedTrain Fellow

Yazhong received his PhD in Polymer Physics and Polymer Chemistry at Institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focused on developing synthetic hydrogels for application in wound treatment. Now Yazhong has joined Abhay group as a MedTrain fellow, trying to design natural compounds-based hydrogel system for wound treatment.