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.

Andrew Gallagher

Andrew Gallagher

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Andrew obtained his BSc and MSc Industrial Biotechnology from Liverpool John Moores University, England. His PhD, awarded in 2018 from the University of Liverpool, England focussed on the development of a novel peptide based hydrogel as an antimicrobial bandage contact lens. He also spent seven years in industry developing biomaterials for a range of applications. Currently, under the supervision of Professor Pandit, he is investigating novel mucoadhesive microparticles for ocular drug delivery.

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.

Brendan Dolan

Brendan Dolan

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Brendan is a postdoctoral researcher on the Principal Investigator Impact: Research in Medical Devices research project at CÚRAM at NUI Galway, under the supervision of Prof Caroline McGregor and Prof James Cunningham of Northumbria University. Brendan completed his PhD in 2019: ‘Principal Investigator Impact Orientation in Medical Device Public Research’. His research interests include impact, PI research, ecological theory, science advocacy and communication, and research process dynamics.

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.

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.

Daria Vasileva

Daria Vasileva

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Daria Vasileva graduated in 2010 with a Diploma with Honours (equivalent to a Master's degree) from the Ural Federal University, Russia. She specialised in Medical Physics. She received a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics in 2019 from the same University. Her PhD research was on ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties and polymorphic phase transitions in glycine crystals. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Limerick, she is investigating piezoelectric drug pumps.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Sergio Martin Saldaña

Sergio Martin Saldaña

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sergio received a PhD in Biomolecular Science and MSc in Forensic Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a MSc in Pharmaceutical Science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In CÚRAM, his work is focused on the development of biomaterials for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease under the guidance of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.

Stephen Cunningham

Stephen Cunningham

Postdoctoral Researcher

Stephen joined NUI Galway in 2007 as a postdoctoral researcher within the National Diagnostics Center, and joined the Glycoscience Group in 2009. Building upon expertise in genetics, molecular biology and nanotechnology Stephen now focuses on incorporating recognition molecule profiling and generation (primarily against glycans), biomarker discovery/validation, molecular engineering and enzymology. Stephen’s work is carried out as part of the Glycoscience Group of Prof. Lokesh Joshi under the CÚRAM banner.

Suainibhe Kelly

Suainibhe Kelly

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Suainibhe obtained her BSc in Biomedical Science from Maynooth University and her MSc in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine from DCU, where she gained experience in cell culture and cell based assays. In CÚRAM she is working on the development of 3D cell models, using high content screening microscopy and analysis to investigate signalling pathways and toxicity in response to novel therapeutics and nanomaterials. Suainibhe is conducting her research under Prof. Jeremy Simpson.

Vijay Krishna

Vijay Krishna

Postdoctoral Researcher

Vijay is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.