Prof. Michael Walsh
Mechanical Aeronautical & Biomedical Engineering
Michael is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering. Since 2005 he co-founded and has served as Manager and Director of the Centre for Applied Biomedical Engineering Research. He is Theme lead for the Technology in Health section of the Health Research Institute and a member of the executive committee of the Materials and Surface Science Institute.
His research activity focuses on an improved understanding of the host response to the treatment of vascular diseases. His primary area of research investigates how disease caused by vascular surgical interventions (intimal hyperplasia) is instigated/mediated by hemodynamics. His secondary area of research is focused on vascular disease properties and how such properties can be leveraged for improved medical device design. Elucidating the role of hemodynamics in intimal hyperplasia formation is a crucial step towards the understanding of how surgical treatments lead to disease formation and also how treatments can be improved to minimise intimal hyperplasia.
Dr John Mulvihill
John received qualifications in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Limerick. During his postgraduate research, he investigated the mechanical, structural, and biological properties of atherosclerotic disease as part of the CABER group in UL. During this time, John worked on a number of commercialisation projects for minimally invasive cardiovascular and urological devices. After receiving his Ph.D., he continued his cardiovascular and device design research at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) as part of the FP7 funded AMCARE project to develop a catheter to deliver stem cells to the heart. In 2014, John was successfully awarded a co-funded postdoctoral fellowship from Marie Curie Actions and Irish Research Council to carry out research in the area of cell mechanobiology in glaucoma at the Ross Ethier lab in Georgia Institute of Technology, United States. In 2016, John returned to the University of Limerick as Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, where he co-founded the BioSciBER group. Within this BioSciBER group, part of the Bernal Institute, John began his research into the mechanics and cell mechanobiology of cortical diseases such as concussion and astrocytoma.
Prof. Jacques Huyghe
Bernal Chair of Biomedical Engineering
Jacques holds a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He received his Ph.D. from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 1986. After an assistant-professorship at Maastricht University, he was nominated as a fellow of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1996 to 2001. His current research is focussed on porous media mechanics of swelling materials with applications in the field of biomechanics, prosthesis design and petroleum engineering. He is a steering member of the Poromechanics Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was associate editor of the J.Biomech. Engng. Of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is presently editorial member of the journal Biorheology, and Transport in Porous Media.
Dr Kieran McGourty
Lecturer in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Department of Chemical Sciences
Specifically, Kieran’s group aims to fuse biomedical engineering, cell-material interaction and cell signalling responses to grow tissue outside the body using stem cells. To do this Kieran investigates the natural tissue environment and then tries to build material with similar properties outside the body on which cells can grow in an orderly fashion. He is particular focused on the intestinal, muscular and epidermal niche.
Dr Andreas Grabrucker
Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences
Andreas received his MSc in Biology with a focus on genetics in 2005 from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. From 2005 to 2009 he investigated the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in his doctoral thesis in the workgroup of the neuro- anatomist Prof. Tobias Boeckers at Ulm University, Germany. After receiving his Ph.D., he continued his neuroscientific research in the United States at Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences until 2011. In 2011, he returned to University of Ulm as Assistant Professor, where he headed the research group “Molecular analysis of synaptopathies”. At the same time he took up the position of Executive Director of the Neurocenter of the University of Ulm. Since 2017, he is lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences, at the University of Limerick.
Dr Patrick Kiely
Graduate Entry Medical School
Dr Pat Kiely is a Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, and member of the Materials and Surface Science Institute and Stokes Institute. Dr Kiely has a BSc. in Biomedical Science and a PhD in Biochemistry from University College Cork. Dr Kiely’s work has led to a number of significant publications which were the foundation to the acquisition of several prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and international awards including European Association for Cancer Research (EACR) Young Scientist Award (2010), The Irish Cancer Society Research Fellowship (2009), The ‘Roche Gold Medal’ for Postdoctoral researcher of the year (2007), ‘The Pfizer Gold medal for Excellence in Research’ in 2007 and 2002, Career Development Fellowship (HRB, 2005) and ‘Young Investigator of the Year 2006’, awarded by the Biochemical Society, UK.