Team Profiles

Aashish Sharma

Aashish Sharma

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Aashish completed his M. Pharm. from Nirma University, Ahmadabad, India, in 2008 and PhD from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, India, in 2015. His PhD was focused on the synthetic polypeptide based soft materials for biomedical applications. Dr Aashish joined CÚRAM in March 2019 and is working on development of Bioscaffolds for Advance Arterial Wound Closure under the supervision of Ms Niamh Hynes.

Ahmed Djeghader

Ahmed Djeghader

Postdoctoral Researcher

Ahmed obtained his master and PhD degrees in structural biochemistry from the university of Aix-Marseille, France. His general research interest focuses in the determination of crystal structures of proteins involved in health and disease with the aim to understand their function. Under the supervision of Prof. Tewfik Soulimane he works on the production and biochemical/biophysical characterization of proteins and their use, in combination with matrices, for targeted disease therapy.

Aideen Beatty

Aideen Beatty

Postdoctoral Researcher

Prior to joining NUI Galway, Aideen has over ten years’ experience working in regulated healthcare sector across medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

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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.

Anup Mammen Oommen

Anup Mammen Oommen

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Anup Mammen Oommen has over 15 years of work experience as a research scientist and consultant in Systems biology and Drug Discovery field, in various academic and biotechnology companies. He was awarded PhD on Glycoimmunology from NUI Galway and his core expertise covers analysing OMICs data to map disease biology at the cellular and molecular level for identifying potential therapeutic mechanisms, biomarkers and designing disease mimicking screening assays.

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.

Dagmar Quandt

Dagmar Quandt

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Dagmar has a PhD degree in Immunology. She is a specialist in flow cytometry and tumor immunology. Dagmar's research interests are in the fields of tumor immunology in solid and hematological cancers, autoimmunity and in the immune ageing with an emphasize on understanding T cell biology. Her work in CÚRAM involves detecting the regulation of breast cancer-associated extracellular vesicle biogenesis by use of flow cytometry and image stream technology under the supervision of Prof. Matt Griffin.

Daria Vasileva

Daria Vasileva

Postdoctoral Researcher

Daria Vasileva graduated in 2010 with a Diploma with Honours (equivalent to a Master 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, Ireland she is investigating piezoelectric drug pumps.

Elizabeth Gallagher

Elizabeth Gallagher

Postdoctoral Researcher

Elizabeth has a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway. Her PhD research focused on developing a computational framework to accurately predict damage and complex failure modes in fibre reinforced laminates for next generation unidirectional carbon fibre reinforced PEEK laminated fracture fixation devices. Elizabeth’s current work in CÚRAM is focused on identifying optimised design parameters for bioresorbable magnesium devices including ESINs and K-wires, and is supervised by Dr Patrick McGarry.

Isma Liza Mohd Isa

Isma Liza Mohd Isa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Isma received BMed Sc (Hons) from National University of Malaysia and PhD from National University of Ireland, Galway. During her doctoral research, she has focused on biomaterial-based therapy using hyaluronic acid hydrogel system to alleviate inflammatory pain as well as to promote disc repair. She has also developed an inflammation and a pre-clinical model of pain associated with disc degeneration. Currently, she is working on disc degeneration project under Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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

Postdoctoral Researcher

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.

Mihai Lomora

Mihai Lomora

Postdoctoral Researcher

Mihai received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research interests include the combination of ECM/cellular components and phytoplankton-based scaffolds for the fabrication of nano-/microdevices with therapeutic potential. His work is being carried out at CÚRAM under an Early Postdoc. Mobility fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), and the guidance of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Monique Mendonca

Monique Mendonca

Postdoctoral Researcher

Monique obtained her MSc and PhD degrees in Pharmacology from the University of Campinas, Brazil. She has expertise in blood-brain barrier, with a special interest in nanomedicine and nanotoxicology. Her work in CÚRAM has been to establish in vitro blood-brain barrier models and testing new nanoscale delivery carriers for target delivery of siRNA across the blood-brain barrier under the supervision of Prof. Caitriona O’ Driscoll.

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.

Sarinj Fattah

Sarinj Fattah

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sarinj received her B.Sc. in Pharmacy from Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq and a postgraduate degree and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Leuven, Belgium. Her area of research interest includes: oral drug delivery, intestinal permeability, enterohepatic drug clearance (metabolism and drug transporters) and ontogeny kinetic mechanisms/paediatric drug disposition. Within CÚRAM, she is working on the Marie Curie Actions COFUND Programme, under the supervision of Prof. David Brayden.

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 Fitzgerald

Seán Fitzgerald

Postdoctoral Researcher

Seán completed his PhD in Biotechnology at Dublin City University, working in the area of colorectal cancer. Seán previously obtained an MSc in Neuropharmacology and a BSc in Physiology from NUI Galway. Under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle, Seán aims to develop novel characterisation methods for thrombi.

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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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.

Varun Vyas

Varun Vyas

Postdoctoral Researcher

Varun received a Master’s degree in Biomedical Nanotechnology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Thereafter, he moved to University of Milan and completed his Ph.D. in Medical Nanotechnology from the Interdisciplinary Centre for Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces (CIMaINa). His area of research was focused on the development of Nanostructured Biomaterial thin films and their characterization using Atomic Force Microscopy.

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Vijay Krishna

Vijay Krishna

Postdoctoral Researcher

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