NFB Alumni

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Daniela Cigognini

Project Title
Bridging the Gap: Combined Use of Nerve Guidance Channels and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Sheets for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration (2014)

Honorata Kraƛkiewicz

Current Employment
Researcher, Balton Sp. z o. o., Warsaw, Poland
Project Title
Development of Functionalised Cell Seeded Bioartificial Organ for Transplantation in Nerve Repair (2014)

Abbah Sunny-Akogwu

Current Employment
Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Project Title
Testing of Tendon Repair and Replacement Biomaterial Constructs (2014)

Alex Lomas

Current Employment
Project Scientist, Locate Therapeutics, Nottingham, UK
Project Title
The Development of Naturally Inspired Anisotropic Scaffolds for Tendon Regeneration (2014)

Peadar Rooney

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine / Conway Institute, Dublin, Ireland
Project Title
Hyaluronic Acid Decreases Urothelial Cell Inflammation, Permeability and Increases GAG Secretion (2014)

Bridget Breen

Current Employment
Scientific Coordinator, Shanon (ABC), Applied Biotechnology Centre, Limerick, Ireland
Project Title
The Development of a Platform Delivery Technology for Spinal Cord Regeneration (2013)

Eugene See

Current Employment
Assistant Head/CREATE Programme, National Research Foundation, Singapore
Project Title
Use of Hollow Spheres for Bioactive Molecule Delivery (2013)

Yu Zheng

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher in Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Project Title
Development and Application of Multifunctional Dendritic Polymers as Smart Tissue Adhesives for Traumatic Incision Wound (2012)

Brendan Higgins

Current Employment
Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Project Title
Nanosphere-mediated Delivery of Superoxide Dismutase Gene and Sepsis Induced Lung Injury: Translating Experimental Findings into Clinical Therapies (2012)

Teresa Moloney

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University, United Kingdom
Project Title
Translating a Topical Fibrin Scaffold for Neural Applications (2012)

Aaron Liew

Current Employment
Locum Consultant Physician in Diabetes & Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Galway University Hospital, Ireland
Project Title
In Vitro Study for Collagen and Osteopontin (2012)

Xuejun Hu

Current Employment
Associate Professor, Medical School, Dalian University, China
Project Title
In Situ Formed Stem Cell Biological Dressing for Wound Healing (2012)

christophe helary

Current Employment
Research Engineer, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
Project Title
Inhibition of Inflammation by Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers (2011) 

Hongliang Cao  

Current Employment
Lecturer, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
Project Title
Biofunctional Scaffolds for Repair of the Degenerated Intervertebral Disc (2011)

Li YAO

Current Employment
Assistant Professor, Wichita State University, USA
Project Title
Functionalised Multichannel Neural Conduit for Repair of Transected Spinal Cord (2011) 

Sunil Mahor

Current Employment
Group Leader, Jubilant Life science, India
Project Title
Hyaluronan Based Nanoparticles for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration (2011) 

Kate Fitzgerald

Project Title
Biological Characterization of Nanospheres

Karen Power

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Dublin, Ireland
Project Title
Using Transcriptomic Technologies to Identify Gene Targets in Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Disease (IVD)

Aram Saeed

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Project Title
Development of Novel Polymeric Materials for Wound Adhesive Application 

Gildas Rethore

Current Employment
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France
Project Title
Development of Nanospheres (2009) 

Wenxin Wang

Current Employment
SFI Stokes Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (Functional Biomaterials), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Project Title
Dendrimer Synthesis (2008)

Dimitrios Zeugolis

Current Employment
Lecturer in Biomaterials and Biomedical Production and Environmental Services, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Project Title
Next Generation of Collagen Based Scaffolds (2008)

INMA ARANEZ

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain
Project Title
Synthesis of Functionalised Micelles (2008) 

KRISHNA BURUGAPALLI

Current Employment
Research Fellow, Brunel University, United Kingdom
Project Title
Cross-linking of ECM-based Scaffolds (2008) 

HEMANT NAIK

Current Employment
Polymer Chemist, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Project Title
Development of Functional Biomaterials (2008) 

GOPINATH DAMODARAN

Current Employment
Research Scientist, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom
Project Title
A Scaffold for Wound Healing in Epidermolysis Bullosa Patients (2008) 

Anil Kumar

Current Employment
Senior Scientist, Sree Chitra Tirunamal Research Institute, Trivandrum, India
Project Title
Histological Assessment of Soft Tissue Implants (2004)  

Doctoral CANDIDATES

Gianluca Fontana

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
PhD Thesis Title
Developing Reservoir Systems for Therapeutic Delivery of Biomolecules to a Degenerated Disc (2014)

Biraja Dash

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Medicine, Yale University, USA
PhD Thesis Title
Dual Gene Delivery of eNOS and IL10 using Elastin-like Polypeptide Based Injectable System for the Treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia (2014)

William Daly

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
PhD Thesis Title
A Biomaterial's Approach to Peripheral Nerve Repair (2014)

Yvonne Lang

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
Strategies to Modify the Diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii for Use as a Biotemplate to Generate Hierarchical Polymer Microcapsules (2013)

Benjamin Newland

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany
PhD Thesis Title
Biomaterials Approaches to Gene Therapies for Parkinson's Disease (2013)

Asha Mathew

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
PhD Thesis Title
A Biomaterials Approach for an Ex-Vivo Multiple Sclerosis Model of Inflammatory Demyelination (2013)

Estelle Collin

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
PhD Thesis Title
Towards an Optimal Microenvironment for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration: A Glycobiology Approach (2013)

Michael Monaghan

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart, Germany
PhD Thesis Title
An Injectable Collagen Scaffold Delivering Exogenous microRNA as a Therapy to Modulate Extracellular Matrix Remodelling (2013)

Mangesh Kulkarni

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Institute for Cell Engineering, Baltimore, USA
PhD Thesis Title
Fibrin Mediated Proangiogenic and Secretory Control Gene Therapy for Compromised Wound Healing (2012)

Carolyn Holladay

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
Anti-Inflammatory Gene Therapy for the Promotion of Implanted Stem Cell Survival in Infarcted Myocardium (2011)

PADRAIG O'FLYNN

Current Employment
Research Officer, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
Non-Planar Arterial Geometry: Relevance to Endovascular Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (2010)  

MICHAEL KEENEY

Current Employment
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University, USA
PhD Thesis Title
Design and Functionalisation of Collagen/Calcium Phosphate Scaffolds for Non-Viral Gene Delivery in Bone Tissue Engineering (2010)  

YOLANDA GARCIA

Current Employment
Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
A Dermal Rudiment for Wound Healing (2009)  

GARRETT RYAN

Current Employment
Validation Engineer, ResMed, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
Bioactive Titanium Scaffolds for Orthopaedic Applications (2008) 

JEROME HENRY

Current Employment
Hollister Corporation
PhD Thesis Title
A Biodegradable Implant for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity (2008)  

AILISH BREEN

Current Employment
Study Director, Charles River Laboratories, Ballina, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
Modulation of Impaired Wound Healing Response by Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene Transfer and the Ability of a Fibrin Scaffold to Deliver a Therapeutic Gene (2008)  

DAMIEN O'HALLORAN

Current Employment
Research Engineer, Globus Medical
PhD Thesis Title
Scaffold Approach towards Regenerating the Nucleus Pulposus (2007)  

SARAH BRODY

Current Employment
Pursuing Dental Studies - Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
Scaffold Development for Tissue Engineered Heart Valve Design (2006)  

THOMAS FLANAGAN

Current Employment
Lecturer, University College Dublin, Ireland
PhD Thesis Title
A Culture Model for Mitral Valve Tissue Engineering Applications (2005) 

MASTERS CANDIDATES

Jacqueline O'Connor

Current Employment
Technician, Algae Health, Claregalway, Ireland
MSc Thesis Title
The Fabrication of a Hierarchical Polymeric Reservoir by DE-ATRP Grafting from a Sacrificial Diatomic Template: A Step towards the Delivery of siRNA for the Treatment of Pain (2012)

Agnieszka Zagozdzon

Current Employment
Research Assistant, Poland
MSc Thesis Title
Evaluation of the Fluorescent Probes for Detection of Angiogenesis in an In Vivo System (2012)

SUZANNE O'RORKE

Current Employment
R&D Engineer at Neosurgical Ireland, Ireland
MSc Thesis Title
Designing the Building Blocks of a Non Viral Gene Delivery System (2009)  

LAURA CALDERON-MUNEZ

Current Employment
Pursuing PhD - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
MSc Thesis Title
Composite Type II Collagen – Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration (2009)  

ROSA VIÑAS CASTELLS

Current Employment
Pursuing PhD
MSc Thesis Title
Snail Down-regulation using SIRNA and DPAMAM Complexes through Crosslinked Collagen Scaffolds (2008)  

RONAN KEATING

Current Employment
Neosugical Inc.
MSc Thesis Title
Hemodynamic Design Considerations in Thromboembolic Filters (2008)  

EDWIN LYONS

Current Employment
Research & Development Engineer, Gyrus Ltd, Cardiff, United Kingdom
MSc Thesis Title
Bioreactors for Tissue Engineering (2005) 

Clinical Residents

WILLIAM TIONG

Current Employment
Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, UNIMAS & Sarawak General Hospital, Sarawak, Malaysia
MD Thesis Title
Fabrication of Collagen as a Gene Vector Vehicle and its Utilization in Gene Delivery for Tissue Reconstruction and Regeneration (2011) 

John Ward

Current Employment
Clinician, University College Hospital, Galway, Ireland
MSc Thesis Title
Amine Functionalisation of Collagen Matrices with Multifunctional Polyethylene Glycol Systems (2011)