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.

Anne-Marie Miller

Anne-Marie Miller

Project Manager

Anne-Marie, an experienced multidisciplinary scientific research coordinator, holds a PhD in Neuroscience from TCD. As Project Manager, CRDI CÚRAM partnership, Anne-Marie will focus on the critical analyses of regulatory pathways and revisions of legislation for complex medical device clinical trials, development of a web portal providing regulatory knowledge and information on clinicians working in areas of interest to the medical devices sector,new E-learning development and coordination of training.

Gaël Parent

Gaël Parent

Project Lead, Education and Development

Gaël lead on educational projects including the development of collaborative training accreditation incorporating Open Badges, and CRDI online resources. Recently, Gaël has taken responsibility as Project Manager for CRDI engagement in an ERASMUS+ funded project with four European partners, ‘Curriculum Development of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation Biomedical Students’ (CONSCIOUS). In addition, Gaël is part of the team working with CÚRAM, the SFI Centre for Research in Medical Devices.

Meritxell B. Cutrona

Meritxell B. Cutrona

Research Associate

Meritxell received her PhD from the University of Barcelona (Spain) in neuroscience and mouse genetics. During her post-doctoral work at the Negri Sud Institute (Italy) she carried investigations on trafficking between the ER and Golgi complex in human cells. Meritxell is involved in a CÚRAM project lead by Prof. Jeremy Simpson in UCD, aimed at applying high-throughput imaging technologies to investigate intracellular trafficking pathways in nanomaterials uptake and toxicity.

Shahen Andonian

Shahen Andonian

Lead Engineer

Shahen has joined CÚRAM as a Lead Engineer on an industry project.Shahen holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from WIT, Boston, USA.He has over 20 year’s experience in the medical device industry and has worked as a Senior Engineer in Boston Scientific, Boston, Thermedical, Waltham, USA and Creganna Medical TE.,Galway.Shahen is working under the supervision of Dr Faisal Sharif on developing concept designs and product solutions for the percutaneous approach to anterior wall infarct repair.

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.