Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Group

Buckley Lab, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

About Us

The focus of the Buckley lab is to develop novel biomaterial and cell based strategies to regenerate or repair damaged tissues and restore biomechanical function using minimal invasive strategies.

Conor Buckley is a Principal investigator (PI) in the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering and the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on novel biomaterials, biofabrication and cell-based strategies for tissue regeneration. Buckley has received funding in the areas of biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as PI (>€3.5million) and as co-investigator (>€10.45million). He has published 70 international peer reviewed journal articles and over 180 conference publications. Prof. Buckley also founded the Med3DP initiative ( to develop medical devices for humanitarian healthcare using 3D printing technology. Buckley is also PI on several commercial projects developing biomaterials for peripheral nerve repair (Integra Life Sciences) and bioprinting for next generation implantable devices and tissues for orthopaedic applications (Johnson & Johnson). He recently received a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator award to develop personalised medicine approaches to regenerating the intervertebral disc
About Us

Our Research

Research Team

Dr. Shani Samuel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Effect of Growth Factors and Acidic Microenvironments on Discogenic Differentiation

Dr. Kevin Behan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Injectable Biomaterials for Musculoskeletal Regeneration

Chiara Borrelli

PhD Candidate

Development and Functional Assessment of a Decellularised Injectable Biomaterial Combined with Nasal Chondrocytes for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration

Emily McDonnell

PhD Candidate

In Silico Modelling and Development of Physiologically Relevant Organ Culture Systems for Assessment of Intervertebral Disc Cell-based Therapies

Peter Hyatt

MSc Candidate

Enhancing the bioactivity of 3D printed titanium, PEEK and PCL personalized implants for spinal orthopaedic applications

Suraj Panigrahi

MSc Candidate

Biofabrication and engineering of patient specific constructs for intervertebral disc replacement

Niamh Wilson

MAI Candidate

Design, fabrication and modelling of a high-throughput organoid-on-a-chip to assess nutrient microenvironmental effects for intervertebral disc regeneration

Caoimhe Murphy

MSc Candidate

4 Axis Printing for Engineering Intervertebral Disc Replacements


Former Lab Members


PhD studentship- Injectable Gene Activated Biomaterials for Personalised Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc

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PhD studentship- Microenvironmental Profiling, Predictive Screening and In Silico Modelling for Personalised Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc

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PhD studentship - 3D printing of fibrous electroconductive biomaterials with controlled architectures for peripheral nerve repair

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Tissue-derived Bioinks for 3D Printing Applications- Material Characterisation, Biocompatibility and Immunomodulatory Behaviour

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  • Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute