Team Profiles

Adarsh HJ

Adarsh HJ

Doctoral Candidate

Adarsh obtained a BSc in Chemistry, Physics & Mathematics, MSc in Chemistry, Kuvempu University-SMV College, India and worked as a Project Assistant at IISc, Bangalore, India.His research area is in synthesising, characterizing, and developing functionalised bioadhesive formulations based on hyaluronan conjugates with musculoskeletal applications.In CÚRAM, Adarsh is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit in collaboration with Dr David Eglin, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland.

Adriona Kelly

Adriona Kelly

Doctoral Candidate

Adriona received a BSc in Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry and a MSc in Biomedical Science. She was a research assistant in the University of Limerick and was also a senior R&D Technician in Merit Medical for two years developing advanced hydrophilic polymer coating. Her research interests include biomaterial tissue engineering, polymers, neuroscience and neural repair. Adriona is working under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs.

Alexandre Trotier

Alexandre Trotier

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Alexandre received a Bachelor of Life and Earth Science, specialising in Biology and a MSc in Gene, Cell and Tissue Biotherapies, University Paris - Est Créteil, France. His research interests include: biomaterial tissue engineering, polymers, neuroscience and neural repair. Alexandre is working on a CÚRAM project under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs.

Amir Mohammed Abdo

Amir Mohammed Abdo

Doctoral Candidate

Amir received a BSc in Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSc in Biochemistry, Helwan Univ., Egypt and MSc in Biological& Bioprocess Engineering, Sheffield Univ., 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.

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).

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.

Aniket Kshirsagar

Aniket Kshirsagar

Doctoral Candidate

Aniket received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Pune University, India and a MSc in Engineering (Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology) from IMC FH-Krems, University of Applied Sciences, Austria. His research interests include: biomaterial enhanced repair and regeneration, tissue engineering strategies for neural repair and regeneration following spinal cord injury. Aniket is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.

Anuja Gadekar

Anuja Gadekar

Doctoral Candidate

Anuja has received an integrated master's degree in Chemistry from IIT Kharagpur, India and has worked on the synthesis and characterization of polymers for different biomedical applications. Her research interest includes: biomaterials, tissue engineering, tissue regeneration and wound healing. Currently, she is working on the fabrication of skin substitutes for wound healing and the study of host sugar response in acute wound healing under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit at NUI Galway.

Asrizal Abdul Rahman

Asrizal Abdul Rahman

Doctoral Candidate

Asrizal received a BSc in Industrial Chemistry, University of Technology, Malaysia. His research interests include: biomedical engineering and in cross-linking system for collagen. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.

Brendan Dolan

Brendan Dolan

Doctoral Candidate

Brendan Dolan is a Doctoral Fellow with CÚRAM, based in the School of Political Science and Sociology under the supervision of Prof. Caroline McGregor, in collaboration with Prof. James Cunningham of Northumbria University. Brendan's PhD research topic is Medical Device Principal Investigators' Scientific, Knowledge, Technology Transfer and Social Impact Orientation. He works with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies ranging from statistical analysis and ethnographic studies.

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.

Christina Ryan

Christina Ryan

Doctoral Candidate

Christina received a BSc in Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland and a MSc in Neuropharmacology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Her research interests include: neuroscience, pharmacology and therapeutics, regenerative medicine and the use of biomaterials in regenerative medicine. Christina is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Christopher Lally

Christopher Lally

Doctoral Candidate

Christopher holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Neuroscience from University College Dublin and an M.Sc 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.

Dimitris Tsiapalis

Dimitris Tsiapalis

Doctoral Candidate

Dimitris is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Domhnall Christopher Kelly

Domhnall Christopher Kelly

Doctoral Candidate

Domhnall obtained his BA (Mod) Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc in Regenerative Medicine, NUI Galway. Following a placement in the Mayo Clinic, he returned to Ireland to commence a PhD as a member of the RCSI Tissue Engineering Research Group under the supervision of Prof. Fergal O’Brien, in collaboration with Prof. Caitriona O’Driscoll. His research focuses on the development of advanced scaffold based systems incorporating novel nanoparticles for the delivery of RNA-based therapeutics.

Eleni Chrysostomou

Eleni Chrysostomou

Doctoral Candidate

Eleni Chrysostomou is a PhD student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research area is focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine specifically in neurodevelopment under the supervision of Prof. Uri Frank. She received her BSc with Honors and her Master’s degree in Tissue Engineering from Lancaster University, UK. She then worked for the Cancer Research UK testing inhibitors for their potential in the treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

Emer Power

Emer Power

Doctoral Candidate

Emer started her PhD work on understanding the mechanisms of post-operative pain, under the supervision of Prof. David Finn. She previously completed a BSc in Psychology at Maynooth University before undertaking an MSc in Neuropharmacology at NUI Galway. Her current project will focus on the mechanisms underlying post-operative pain following inguinal hernia repair as well as the development of an analgesic-eluting mesh in order to treat acute post-operative pain.

Enrico Bagnoli

Enrico Bagnoli

Doctoral Candidate

Enrico obtained a BSc in Biomedical Engineering and a MSc in Bioengineering (curriculum Biomaterials and Rehabilitation Technologies) at the University of Genoa, Italy. In CÚRAM, his research is focused on the use of biomaterials in the cure of neurodegenerative diseases in particular Parkinson’s disease. Enrico is working on the BrainMatTrain project under the supervision of Dr Una Fitzgerald and Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.

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.

Grace Brennan

Grace Brennan

Doctoral Candidate

Grace obtained her BSc in Applied Physics in the University of Limerick. Her research areas include nanoplasmonics and nanotheranostics. Grace is based in the University of Limerick and is working on an industrial project under the supervision of Dr Tofail Syed and Dr Christophe Silien.

Grazia Marsico

Grazia Marsico

Doctoral Candidate

Grazia received a BSc in Sanitary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies and a MSc in Medical Biotechnologies and Molecular Medicine, University of Bari-Aldo Moro, Italy. Her research interests include: tissue engineering, biomaterials, scaffolds and ischemia. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.

Hugh Giffney

Hugh Giffney

Doctoral Candidate

Hugh obtained a BSc (Hons) in Physiology,University College Dublin. His current area of research within CÚRAM is focusing on the establishment of an equine model of joint inflammation in which novel therapeutics will be utilised and characterised. He is under the supervision of Dr Daniel Crean and Prof. David Brayden, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin.

Héctor Capella Monsonís

Héctor Capella Monsonís

Doctoral Candidate

Hector obtained his MSc Degree in Biotechnology at the Polytechnical University of Valencia (Spain) and worked as research assistant at University College of Dublin. His research area focused on the study and design of biomaterials and their biological response for biomedical applications. Hector has started his PhD in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at CÚRAM, in the REMODEL group under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis.

Ian Whelan

Ian Whelan

Doctoral Candidate

Ian obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Limerick. He subsequently worked as an engineer in a leading medical device company working in automation and additive manufacturing and has since completed an MSc in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. Fergal O’Brien. Ian’s current research within CÚRAM is focussed on developing perfusable vascularised tissue engineered constructs using 3D Bioprinting under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Kelly.

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.

Ivor Geoghegan

Ivor Geoghegan

Doctoral Candidate

Ivor was awarded a Science degree and completed an MSc in Biomedical Science at NUI Galway. He is undertaking a PhD in Biomedical Engineering entitled “Investigations into bone and cartilage cell mechanosensory mechanisms” under the supervision of Prof. Laoise McNamara in the Mechanobiology Research Group in the Discipline of Biomedical Engineering and in collaboration with Dr David Hoey at Trinity College Dublin.

James Britton

James Britton

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

James received a BSc in Physiology and a MSc in Regenerative Medicine, National University of Ireland, Galway. As part of his studies he undertook a research project in the group of Prof. Abhay Pandit investigating the regenerative capacity of Xenopus tadpoles after spinal cord injury. Within CÚRAM he is working under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs. His research interests include: nerve regeneration, tissue engineered 3D scaffolds, piezoelectric biomaterials and physiological assays.

Jose Antonio Monterru

Jose Antonio Monterru

Doctoral Candidate

Jose obtained a Mechanical Engineer degree in 2003 at Instituto Tecnologico de Queretaro, and a Masters in Mechanical Design at the Centro de Ingenieria y Desarrollo Industrial (CIDESI) in Mexico. In 2010 he moved to GE Aviation holding activities as a Stress and Life Management Engineer. In September 2013, he commenced a Masters in Turbulence held in France, within 3 Engineering Schools (ECL, ENSIP and ENSMA). Currently he is working under the supervision of Dr Nathan Quinlan on a CÚRAM industry project.

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.

Joëlle Bizeau

Joëlle Bizeau

Doctoral Candidate

Joëlle holds two masters degrees, one in Chemical Engineering and one in Fundamental and Applied Chemistry. She is interested in the relationship between chemistry and biology, and fascinated by the application range of nano-systems in medicine, particularly their capacity in targeting specific sites to provide controlled drug release. Joëlle is working in the BrainMatTrain Project, under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

Juhi Samal

Juhi Samal

Doctoral Candidate

Juhi received a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology, CET, Odisha, India and a Masters of Technology in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpor, India. Her research interests include: 3D capillary network, formation on scaffolds, silk materials, microparticles in drug delivery and fish immunology. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Karthik Sridhar

Karthik Sridhar

Doctoral Candidate

Karthik graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and MSc in computer-aided design from SRM University, India. He then moved to Germany, where he worked in the welisa research group at Universität Rostock on modelling and simulation of deep brain stimulation for a period of one year. In CÚRAM, he will optimise implantable electrodes for long-term recording and stimulation of nervous tissue under the supervision of Prof. Madeleine Lowery.

Kieran Fuller

Kieran Fuller

Doctoral Candidate

Kieran received a BSc in Biochemistry and a MSc in Biomedical Science, National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests include: hernia biology, nanotechnology and electrospinning. He is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Kieran Joyce

Kieran Joyce

Doctoral Candidate

Kieran graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences as part of an integrated MB PhD program in NUI Galway.In CÚRAM, he will investigate the glycoprofile of the intervertebral disc in degeneration under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Luis Soriano

Luis Soriano

Doctoral Candidate

Luis graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering, TECNUN,University of Navarre, Spain and an MSc M.Sc in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, FH Technikum Wien, Austria. His main research interests are biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnologies and organ-on-a-chip technology. In CÚRAM, he will work under the supervision of Prof. Sally Ann-Cryan in a project focused on tissue engineered models of the respiratory tract.

Mangesh Morey

Mangesh Morey

Doctoral Candidate

Mangesh received a BSc in Microbiology and a MSc in Biotechnology, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, India. His research interests include biomaterials and tissue engineering. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Marc Antoni Fernández Yagüe

Marc Antoni Fernández Yagüe

Doctoral Candidate

Marc is a PhD student in Dr Manus Biggs’ lab and his research focuses on the development of functional electroactive materials for muskuloskeletal tissue regeneration and repair. He obtained an MSc Degree in Materials Science and BSc Degrees in Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and he has worked for four years as a researcher of BIBITE Biomaterials Research Group in Barcelona. His interests include MEMS platforms, cell-biomaterial interfaces, bioelectricity and electroactive nanocomposites.

Maura Tilbury

Maura Tilbury

Doctoral Candidate

Maura is from Kildare and studied Microbiology at NUI Galway. She went on to do a Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science in Sligo and has just started her PhD at the beginning of July 2015 at NUI Galway working with Dr Gerard Wall. This research will exploit the tool set of E. coli for production of recombinant proteins tailored for targeted delivery of therapeutics.

Meghan Winterlich

Meghan Winterlich

Doctoral Candidate

Meghan started her academic journey in NUI Galway, where after completing her Bachelor degree in Chemistry, she started her postgraduate studies as a Msc. student joining Dr. Papatriantafyllopoulou's group. Under the supervision of Dr. Papatriantafyllopoulou, Meghan researched the synthesis of novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and then analyzed their ability to capture and release drugs for a range of chronic illnesses such as cancer and epilepsy.

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.

Mohamed El Amri

Mohamed El Amri

Doctoral Candidate

Mohamed received a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from St. Joseph's College, in New York City. Mohamed's general area of research is Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Prior to his masters, he was mainly involved in research investigating developmental cell signalling mechanisms. In CÚRAM, under the supervision of Dr Gerhard Schlosser, he will be studying the role of MARCKS-like proteins in Xenopus spinal cord development.

Mohamed Gouse

Mohamed Gouse

Doctoral Candidate

India and an M.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland. He has a background in Computer Aided Engineering and experience in diverse design/analysis. He worked in R.G.B.S. Inc. as a Junior CAE Engineer. Currently he is working on a CÚRAM industry project, finding new metallic alloys and solutions for fine needle technology. He is working under the supervision of Dr Tofail Syed

Mohsen Hassanzadeh Moghimi

Mohsen Hassanzadeh Moghimi

Doctoral Candidate

Mohsen received a BSc in Aerospace Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran and an MSc in Aerospace Propulsion, Sharif University of Technology,Tehran. His research interests include: space propulsion, computational fluid dynamics. Within CÚRAM, Mohsen is working on an industry project under the supervision of Dr Nathan Quinlan.

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.

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.

Niranjan Kotla

Niranjan Kotla

Doctoral Candidate

Niranjan received a BPharm, Osmania University, India and a MPharm in Pharmaceutical Sciences-Quality Assurance, LPU, India. After graduating, he worked as a Research Fellow at InStem, NCBS-India developing bio-based oral therapeutics for Ulcerative Colitis. His research interests include biomaterials, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry and oral drug delivery. Currently, he is working on the delivery of therapeutics for inflammatory diseases under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit and Dr Yury Rochev.

Oisín Byrne

Oisín Byrne

Doctoral Candidate

Oisín graduated with a BSc and an M.E in Biomedical Engineering from University College Dublin. For his final year thesis he developed a new method of 3D printing customisable actuators out of soft materials. He is currently working on a CÚRAM industry project with Neograft Inc. to begin research in the area of vascular exo-scaffolds. He is under the supervision of Dr Eoin O’Cearbhaill.

Paolo Contessotto

Paolo Contessotto

Doctoral Candidate

Paolo received a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, University of Padua, Italy. His research interests include biomaterials in tissue engineering and myocardial infarction. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Peter McGlynn

Peter McGlynn

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Peter received a BSc in Applied Physics, Dublin City University and an MSc in Key Enabling Technologies, National University of Ireland, Galway. His research interests include: laser technology, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, microelectronics, microfluidics and biomaterials. Currently, he is working on a CÚRAM project to develop a biomaterials manufacturing testbed using additive and subtractive processes for scalable production. He is working under the supervision of Dr Gerard O’Connor.

Rita Peixoto

Rita Peixoto

Doctoral Candidate

Rita obtained a BSc in Biological Engineering and a MSc in Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal. Her work in CÚRAM focuses on wound healing. She is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Sally Ryan

Sally Ryan

Doctoral Candidate

Sally obtained a BSc in Industrial Biochemistry from University of Limerick 2016.Sally's research is aimed at developing minimally invasive devices for targeted DNA and protein drug delivery. This includes the selection and production of relevant proteins, incorporating them into matrices to allow delivery using devices on the market to improve release rates and minimise repeat physician interventions.

Salomé Guillaumin

Salomé Guillaumin

DOCTORAL CANDIDATE

Salomé completed her bachelor degree in cell biology and physiology from university Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France and her master degree in regenerative medicine from University Paris 13, France. Her area of research is the use of mesenchymal stem cells for organ regeneration, with biomaterial devices to enhance the regeneration process. Salomé is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.

Sarah Guerin

Sarah Guerin

Doctoral Candidate

Sarah received a BSc in Applied Physics from the University of Limerick, during which she carried out research with Analog Devices International on the advanced characterisation of polymer dielectrics. Her research interests include computational physics and biological piezoelectric materials. Her research with CÚRAM involves the development of piezoelectric medical devices using crystallised biomolecules. She is supervised by Dr Damien Thompson, Dr Tofail Syed and Prof. Tewfik Soulimane.

Sarah Jarrin

Sarah Jarrin

Doctoral Candidate

Sarah completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in the United States. For her senior thesis, she used an optogenetic technique to manipulate interneurons in the striatum of mice with a model of Parkinson’s disease. She is now starting her PhD at NUI Galway in the department of pharmacology and therapeutics as a member of Prof. David Finn’s lab. Here she will continue to use optogenetic methodology to study neural circuits involved in pain processing.

Sarah Markham

Sarah Markham

Doctoral Candidate

Sarah received a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and an MSc in Biomedical Device Materials from the University of Limerick. Her research interests include novel biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging and the physical properties of biomaterials. Sarah is based in the University of Limerick and is working under the joint supervision of Dr Tofail Syed and Dr Christophe Silien of the University of Limerick and Dr Joanna Bauer of Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland.

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.

Shane Maguire

Shane Maguire

Doctoral Candidate

Shane's research is focused on microfluidic drug permeation models using Raman and Fluorescent microscopy. Shane works under the supervision of Prof. Tia Keyes.

Shanshan Du

Shanshan Du

Doctoral Candidate

Shanshan Du received a BSc in Biology Science and a MSc in Physiology. She spent a number of years as a TEM/SEM technician in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Her research interests include neuroscience, neural repair and regenerative medicine. Shanshan is working on a CÚRAM project under the supervision of Prof. Timothy O'Brien.

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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.

Sravanthi Bandla

Sravanthi Bandla

Doctoral Candidate

Sravanthi received a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Pharmacy in Pharmaceutics and an MSc in Biomedical Science.She worked as an intern and a contract employee at the Novartis health care, India and as an assistant professor at Vignan Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, India. Her areas of interest include biomaterials, drug delivery and neuroscience.Sravanthi is working under the supervision of Dr Una FitzGerald.

Sílvia Cabré Giménez

Sílvia Cabré Giménez

Doctoral Candidate

Sílvia obtained a BSc in Human Biology and a MSc in Pharmaceutical Industry and Biotechnology, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. She worked in the pain research group in ESTEVE S.A. Her research interests are focused on neuropharmacology and the use of biomaterials in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. She is working in CÚRAM under the supervision of Dr Eilis Dowd and Prof. Abhay Pandit.

Vaibhav Patil

Vaibhav Patil

Doctoral Candidate

Vaibhav received a BSc in Biotechnology, Mumbai University in India and an MSc in Neuropharmacology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. After completing his Master's degree he worked as a research associate in CÚRAM. His research interest is spinal cord injury and inflammation. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.

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.

Veasna Sum-Coffey

Veasna Sum-Coffey

Doctoral Candidate

Veasna was awarded a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc in Biomedical Science, National University of Ireland, Galway.Her PhD is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and CÚRAM, and it is a collaborative work with Stryker Instruments.

Veronica Alamilla Marroquin

Veronica Alamilla Marroquin

Doctoral Candidate

Veronica obtained her BSc in Biological Sciences at the Northern Kentucky University, USA and her MSc in Neuropharmacology at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Her research interests include neurodegenerative diseases, regenerative neuroscience, development of biomaterials and pharmacology. In the BrainMatTrain project Veronica is developing biomaterials and novel treatments for Parkinson´s Disease. She is working under the supervision of Dr. Eilís Dowd and Prof. Abhay Pandit at NUIG.

Vincent Casey

Vincent Casey

Doctoral Candidate

Vincent is a graduate of NUI Galway, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. In his final year, Vincent completed a project investigating flow of surgical smoke, a by-product created during different cutting modalities (e.g. Radiofrequency ablation, ultrasonic, laser). Vincent is now undertaking a PhD in collaboration with industry, under the supervision of Prof. Laoise McNamara.

Vivien Stuettgen

Vivien Stuettgen

Doctoral Candidate

Vivien, originally from Bonn, Germany, was awarded with a BSc (Hons.) in pharmacology from UCD this September and just started her PhD in Prof. David Brayden’s lab. In CÚRAM her research will focus on buccal delivery of peptides and in collaboration with Dr Eoin O’Cearbhaill she is aiming at designing a dissolvable microneedle construct prototype for buccal delivery of a stable GLP-1 analogue.

Zhuning Wu

Zhuning Wu

Doctoral Candidate

Zhuning received a Bachelor of Medicine in Clinical Medicine, Nanchang University, China and a MSc in Biopharmaceutical Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests include: collagen based cell delivery system for cartilage regeneration. She is working under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis in the REMODEL group.