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 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.
Ana Lúcia Rebelo
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Domhnall Christopher Kelly
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.
Emily received a BSc in biology at Stonehill College in Easton, MA, USA. She was a research technician at University of Massachusetts Medical School where she was working with fully chemically modified siRNA therapeutics for a year before stating her PhD at University College Cork. She is particularly interested in the roll of the blood brain barrier in the gut-brain axis with a focus on drug delivery. She is working under the supervision of Prof. John Cryan and Prof. Caitriona O’Driscoll.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
James received his BEng (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering, University of Limerick. Current research interests involve work in vascular biomechanics and synthesis of hydrogels for medical device testing. Within CÚRAM, James is working on an industry project in the vascular area supervised by Prof Michael Walsh.
Jose Antonio Monterru
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 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.
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.
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.
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 graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering, TECNUN, University of Navarre, Spain and an MSc 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 works under the supervision of Prof. Sally Ann-Cryan in a project focused on tissue engineered models of the respiratory tract.
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.
Maura is from Kildare and studied Microbiology at NUI Galway. She went on to do a Masters in Biopharmaceutical Science in Sligo and started her PhD at the beginning of July 2015 at NUI Galway working with Prof Gerard Wall. This research exploits the tool set of E. coli for the production of recombinant proteins tailored for targeted delivery of therapeutics.
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.
Meghan started her academic journey in NUI Galway, where after completing her Bachelor degree in Chemistry, she started her postgraduate studies as an 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 analysed their ability to capture and release drugs for a range of chronic illnesses such as cancer and epilepsy.
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 received a BSc 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 is studying the role of MARCKS-like proteins in Xenopus spinal cord development.
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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.READ MORE
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.
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 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.
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.
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