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.

Arya Padmakumar

Arya Padmakumar

Research Associate

Arya obtained her master’s in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy from NUI Galway. In 2017, she graduated as a Doctor - Physician (speciality General Medicine) from Smolensk State Medical University, Russia. Her research interest focuses on mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and their various clinical applications to address diseases with unmet medical needs. At CÚRAM, Arya is working on developing cell manufacturing techniques suitable for induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived MSC production under the supervision of Andrew Finnerty (CCMI General Manager)as part of the Factor Bioscience industry project.

Gabriel  Calandrini

Gabriel Calandrini

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Gabriel received a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering at University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil. He worked previously with Transcatheter aortic valve replacement devices in industry. In CURAM he is working on a Vascular Closure Device with Ms. Niamh Hynes as Principal Investigator.

Hemendra Worlikar

Hemendra Worlikar

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Hemendra obtained a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway in 2019. His then primary research aimed at prototyping an embedded model – an adapter for insulin pen, interfacing with the handheld mobile phone over a developed application. As a part of the CÚRAM CARE CONNECT Project, Hemendra is working on the engineering aspects of the connection of patients in critical care to family, under the leadership and guidance of Prof Derek O'Keeffe.

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.

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.

Vijay Vyas Vadhiraj

Vijay Vyas Vadhiraj

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Vijay obtained an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from NUIG in 2019. He is passionate about digital health and was an integral part of the Digital Diabetes team at NUI Galway School of Medicine where he worked on a Gestational Diabetes Metellus project as a technology assessment specialist. He is currently working on the CÚRAM CARE CONNECT under the supervision of Prof Derek O'Keeffe with industry partner CISCO.

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.