Team Profiles

Andrew Douglas

Andrew Douglas

Research Associate

Andrew obtained a B.Sc in Zoology at Queens University, Belfast and M.Sc in Biotechnology from NUI Galway. In CÚRAM he is working under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle on an industry project that aims to develop novel characterisation methods for thrombi obtained from acute ischemic stroke patients.

Sara Molina Gil

Sara Molina Gil

Research Associate

Sara obtained a BSc in Biology at University of Seville and an MSc in Biomedicine from University of Cadiz where she worked in the Physiology dept. studying the process of neurogenesis. She obtained a fellowship for her PhD in Biotechnology, Engineering and Chemical Technology that she hopes to be awarded in 2020.In CÚRAM, she is characterising the composition of blood clots from acute ischaemic stroke patients,using histological and immunohistochemical techniques under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle.

Emmet Fox

Emmet Fox

Research Associate

Emmet is a board member of the Social Science Research Centre (SSRC) in NUI Galway. He has researched senior leisure travel for the DEMAND centre while at the Uni of Birmingham, active energy consumers for the SHAPE-Energy project, while with Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally (RRING) project for the Anglia Ruskin University. He has published on Pierre Bourdieu and on climate change communication and receptivity in Ireland.

Xizhe Chen

Xizhe Chen

Research Associate

Xizhe has a background in oral and maxillofacial surgery and enjoyed a career as a surgeon in the hospital of stomatology in China. Xizhe has successfully created preclinical study models of acute myocardial infarction, hind limb ischemia, carotid artery bypass anastomosis, destabilization medial meniscus arthritis, femur fracture fixation and corneal transplantation since working for REMEDI in NUI Galway. He is currently engaged in research within CÚRAM working with Prof. Tim O'Brien.

Karen Butler

Karen Butler

Research Assistant

Karen obtained her MSc from NUI Galway in 2020. Her MSc in Health Psychology focused on topics such as behaviour change, stress, pain and illness perceptions. Working alongside Dr Georgina Gethin, Karen is currently working on several projects, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses on topical interventions for pain and odour in chronic wound care, and qualitative interviews aimed at understanding patient’s experience of pain and odour in chronic wounds and strategies used to alleviate symptoms.

Michael Maxwell

Michael Maxwell

Research Assistant

Michael graduated with a BSc. in Microbiology from NUI Galway in 2013. His 4th year thesis was based on ‘Light sensing mechanisms of Listeria monocytogenes during stress’. He worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK from 2017 until 2020. He has experience of working in Class 2 rooms, inoculating and incubating agar plates and broths with various biological fluids and carrying out ELISA's on faecal and water borne pathogens.

Sally Ryan

Sally Ryan

Research Assistant

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.