Adam obtained his PhD from NUIGalway in 2015. His PhD examined the interaction between femtosecond laser pulses and flexible glass substrates, and developed laser manufacturing processes for display and photovoltaic markets. Returning after 4 years in industry, Adam is developing printed sensor technology for use in a smart woundcare device. In addition the value chain and technology roadmap for such a device is being explored. The project is supervised by Prof. Georgina Gethin and Prof. Gerard O'Connor.
Andrew obtained his BSc and MSc Industrial Biotechnology from Liverpool John Moores University, England. His PhD, awarded in 2018 from the University of Liverpool, England focussed on the development of a novel peptide based hydrogel as an antimicrobial bandage contact lens. He also spent seven years in industry developing biomaterials for a range of applications. Currently, under the supervision of Professor Pandit, he is investigating novel mucoadhesive microparticles for ocular drug delivery.
Dr Anna Hobbins is a postdoctoral researcher working on economic evaluation of medical devices at CÚRAM and Health Economics & Policy Analysis Centre NUI Galway. She completed her PhD in Queen’s University Belfast which involved producing the Irish “value set”, “population norms” using the EQ-5D-5L system. The output from Anna’s work, which has involved collaboration with colleagues across multiple disciplines, has been published in a range of leading national and international peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Aoife Murray graduated from the School of Medicine at NUI Galway in 2015 and worked as a clinician for 4 years. She holds an MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law from RCSI and is a BioInnovate alumna (Pg Dip). Aoife is currently working on the Care Connect Project, in Professor Derek O’Keeffe’s HIVE Lab in NUI Galway, a CÚRAM co-funded study in telemedicine during COVID, while also completing her MD. Her research interests include telehealth, stroke and geriatrics, and healthcare ethics in the older person.
Arun obtained his PhD from NUI Galway. His research was in genetically modifying mesenchymal stem cells for targeted therapy in critical limb ischemia. He has a Masters and M.Phil degree in Biotechnology from Bharathiyar University, India. Arun’s research areas are in the use of stem cells and biomaterials for cardiovascular and orthopaedic regeneration in CÚRAM, Arun is working under the supervision of Dr Manus Biggs.
Brian has a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway. His PhD research focused on the development of computational models to predict arterial dissection. Brian's current work is focused on the development of novel cohesive zone models to predict failure model failure of medical devices and biological tissues. He is supervised by Dr Patrick McGarry.
Carolina Vargas-Estevez is SFI postdoctoral fellow with CÚRAM since July 2019. She obtained her PhD in Nanotechnology from Universitat de Barcelona, doing “Suspended Micro/nanogenerators for cell stimulation”. She has a Bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia) and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). Currently, she is working on resorbable energy harvesting devices for biosensors and biostimulators.
Durgadas completed his PhD from SCTIMST, India and was a Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral exchange fellow at the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA (2012-2013). He obtained Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowship in 2015 and worked at the School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK. As a MedTrain fellow, Durgadas is working under the supervision of Professor Abhay Pandit to develop peptoid based supramolecular gels for drug delivery applications.
Elzbieta Ewertowska obtained her MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de València. Her PhD research focused on the development of experimental and computational models for radiofrequency-based minimally invasive therapies in cancer treatment and pain management. Currently, she is working under the supervision of Prof. Laoise McNamara and in collaboration with Stryker Instruments on models to aid in the development of electrosurgical devices for soft tissue resection.
Joan Martí Muñoz
Joan received his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia. His research was focused on investigating and developing Ca2+-releasing synthetic scaffolds to induce vascularization in hard-to-heal wounds. As a MedTrain fellow, Joan is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit on developing TD139 delivery conjugates for the treatment of fibrotic pathologies.
Juan obtained his B.Sc. in Biology, M.Sc. in Nutrition and PhD in Endocrinology from the University of Vigo. His PhD research was focused on the study of the effect of a GLP-1 receptor agonist in an animal model of lung fibrosis. His research interests are the study of novel therapies for the treatment of pulmonary diseases. At CÚRAM, Juan is working in a preclinical testing of iPS-derived MSCs in animal models of bacterial and viral ARDS under the supervision of Dr. Daniel O’Toole and Prof. John Laffey.
Dr Mehmet Gürdal obtained his PhD from Ege University, Turkey. His doctoral research was in corneal bioengineering. During his PhD, he participated in innovative clinical research that used ex vivo expanded autologous corneal stem cells in patients. His general research interest focuses on the stem cells and their clinical applications. In CÚRAM, he is working on scaffold-free tissue engineering under the supervision of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis.READ MORE
Oana Madalina Mereuta
Oana completed a MD degree at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Gr. T. Popa”, Romania and PhD at the University of Torino, Italy. Her most recent research activity at Mayo Clinic and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA was focused on the amyloid typing of formalin fixed paraffin embedded biopsies through laser microdissection and mass spectrometry-based proteomics. In CÚRAM, she is working on the acute ischaemic stroke clot pathology under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle.
Rosanna obtained her MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Chieti, Italy. After that, she worked at IZSUM in Perugia, where she became competent in the development of several protocols involving HRMS analysis for food control obtaining her PhD in Chemistry jointly with the University of Perugia. Currently, Rosanna is working under the supervision of Dr Karen Doyle aiming to identify novel biomarkers in AIS clots and to correlate their occurrence with clinical observations.
Rumi did her PhD in Chemistry (specialisation - Nanomedicine) from IIT Guwahati (IITG), India and her postdoc from IITG and IIT Genova, Italy. She worked in the Pharmaceutical industry as senior manager for 2.5 years as part of the analytical team and worked on new product development. Currently, she is working as a Marie Curie Fellow in UCD, Ireland under Prof. David Brayden on the project - development of protein nanoparticles for intra-articular delivery of an inflammatory drug to treat osteoarthritis.
Sergio Martin Saldaña
Sergio received a PhD in Biomolecular Science and MSc in Forensic Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a MSc in Pharmaceutical Science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In CÚRAM, his work is focused on the development of biomaterials for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease under the guidance of Prof. Abhay Pandit.
Seán obtained his PhD from University College Dublin. His research interests include genomics and gene therapy in the area of acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis. At CÚRAM, Seán is examining high efficacy throughput screening of vehicles for mRNA delivery to the lung in ARDS with Dr Daniel O’Toole and Prof. John Laffey.
Shahen has joined CÚRAM as a Lead Engineer on an industry project. Shahen holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from WIT, Boston, MA. USA. He has over 25 years experience in the medical device industry. Shahen’s past experience has been working as a Senior R&D Engineer in Boston Scientific MA Design and Development of Cerebrovascular, Cardiovascular and Peripheral vascular Catheters based devices from concept through commercialization.READ MORE
Smita received MSc in Biotechnology from University of Mumbai and PhD in Biomedical engineering from IIT-Delhi, India. At IIT, she developed a simple strategy for spatially controlling stem cell differentiation by functional groups, antimicrobial bone tissue engineering scaffold with green synthesized AgNPs and extended the strategy to differentiate stem cells in 3D. Smita is now working with Dr. Karen Doyle on, histopathology of stroke clots and correlation of composition with impedance measurements.
Vijay is working under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit.
Vincent obtained his B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway. His PhD research focused on the analysis of airborne by-products created by surgical cutting devices through experimental and computational methods. Currently, he is working under the supervision of Prof. Laoise McNamara and in collaboration with Stryker Instruments on models to aid in the development of electrosurgical devices.
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