Alumni


Alumni
Former Lab Members

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

  • Dr. Leyla Zilic (2017-19)- Decellularized grafts for peripheral nerve repair. Currently Senior Technical Officer at University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr. Olivier Guillaume (2012-14)- Decellularized injectable biomaterials for intervertebral disc repair. Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at TU Wien- Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Austria

 

PhD (Biomedical Engineering)

  • Dr. Jennifer Gansau (2020)- On the Effect of Primed Cellular Microcapsules and pH Neutralizing Biomaterials to Augment Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc. Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at Iatridis Lab, Mount Sinai, New York, USA
  • Dr. Masooma Naqvi (2016)- Towards Stem Cell Regeneration of the Nucleus Pulposus of the Intervertebral Disc. Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at McNamara Lab, NUIG, Ireland
  • Dr. Simon Carroll (2016)- Probing the Role of Joint Specific Environmental Cues in Guiding Stem Cell Fate Currently. Senior Technical Officer at Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Dr. Henrique Vazão Almeida (2016)- Cartilage extracellular matrix-derived scaffolds for joint regeneration. Currently Postdoctoral Researcher at iBET - Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica | iBET · Animal Cell Technology Unit, Oeiras, Portugal
  • Dr. Lu Luo (2015)- Engineering tissues with a zonal structure and composition mimicking native articular cartilage using mesenchymal stem cells. Currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Rochester, New York, USA


Postgraduate MSc (Bioengineering)

  • Juan Carlos Cao Yao MSc (2019)- Multiphysical Principles of Cell Culturing Philosophy
  • Brooke Tornifoglio MSc (2018)- Non-Invasive Characterisation of the Intervertebral Disc Microenvironment through Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Finite Element Analysis
  • Tatiana Ryan MSc (2018)- Transportation of Chondrocytes at Ambient Temperature for Cell Therapies
  • Padraig Irwin, MSc  (2017)- Towards Physiologically Relevant Culture of Organ Disc Explants Through Manipulation of the Glucose Microenvironment
  • Pooja Mandal, MSc (2017)- Comparison of Nasal Chondrocytes and Bone Marrow Stem Cells for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration
  • Megan Cloughley, MSc (2016)- Cryopreservation, Storage, and Cell Isolation of Nasal Cartilaginous Tissue
  • Elena Sedano Santos, MSc (2016)-  Direct Printing of Scaffolds for Bone Repair - Effect of Hydroxyapatite Incorporation into Poly(lactic acid) for Fused Deposition Modeling
  • Alethea Nair, (2016)-  Maximising Cellular Augmentation of Meniscal Scaffolds for single-stage surgical applications
  • Yasmine Roden, (2016)-  Comparison of Rapidly Isolated Chondrocytes and Minced Cartilage Tissue Combined with Fibrin for Orthobiologic Applications
  • Aoife Gaffney, (2016)-  The Response of Articular Chondrocytes to the Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines TNF-α and IL-1β in an In Vitro, Intervertebral Disc-Like Environment
  • Denys Gibbons, (2016)-  A Comparative Study Between Nasal and Articular Chondrocytes using a Rapid Digestion Protocol for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Srujana Vedicherla, (2015)- Towards a Single Stage Procedure for Intervertebral Disc Repair using Nasal Chondrocytes
  • Darina Gilroy, (2015)- Magnetically Responsive Biomaterials for Stem Cell Stimulation
  • Sam Holt, (2015)- Fibrin-Based Hydrogels for Annulus Fibrosus Repair
  • Ivan Dudurych, (2015)- Fabrication and In Vitro Characterisation of Glyoxal Cross-linked Collagen Type II Scaffolds and Hydrogels
  • Tom McIntyre, (2015)- Magnetic Based Core Shell Microcarriers
  • Lara Kelly, BA, BAI, MSc (2014)- NP Cell Microencapsulation using Electrohydrodynamic Spraying for Minimally Invasive Tissue Repair of the Intervertebral Disc
  • Cristina Freire, MSc (2014)- Growth and Metabolism of BM-MSCs In Response to Altered Microenvironments
  • Miloš Kaćanski, BSc, MSc (2014)- Response of Bovine 3D Seeded Nucleus Pulposus Cells to Expansion Conditions
  • Rodolfo Molina, BSc, MSc (2014)- Fabrication and Characterisation of Porous Scaffolds Derived from Processed Cartilage Extracellular Matrix
  • Rukmani Sridharan, B.Tech., MSc (2013)- Freeze Dried, Acellular Nerve Scaffolds with Longitudinal Channels for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration
  • Shane Buckley, BA, BAI, MSc (2013)- Bioactive Alginate Hydrogels and Shape-Memory Scaffolds for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration
  • Kerri Lennon, BA, BAI, MSc (2013)- Bioactive Engineered Scaffolds for Regeneration of Degenerated Annulus Fibrosus
  • Darragh Boylan, BA, BAI, MSc (2013)- Investigation into the Development of Porous Hydroxyapatite Cages for Spinal Fusion
  • Sean Maguire (2012)- Prospective Strategies to Repair the Nucleus Pulposus of the Degenerated Intervertebral Disc using Mesenchymal Stem Cells


Postgraduate MAI (Engineering)

  • Brian O’Sullivan BA, BAI, MAI (2020)- 3D Printed Structures for Tissue Engineering Intervertebral Disc Replacements 
  • Eimear Magennis BA, BAI, MAI (2020)- Injectable Self-Healing Hydrogel for Intervertebral Disc Repair
  • Tom MacIntyre, BA, BAI, MAI (2019)-  The Effects of Varying Capsule Architecture on the Release Profiles of Implantable Drug Delivery Systems
  • Emily McDonnell, BA, BAI, MAI (2018)- Simulating Nutrient Distribution within Degenerative Discs and Optimising Physiological Culturing Conditions for Organ Models – An Experimental and Numerical Analysis
  • Conor Hayden, BA, BAI, MAI (2018)-  On the Mechanical Properties of Visible On the Mechanical Properties of Visible On the Mechanical Properties of Visible Light Crosslinked PEGDA-Alginate Hydrogels
  • Aidrus James, BA, BAI, MAI (2018)- Development and Fabrication of a Direct Print Biopen for Use in Orthopaedic Applications, and the Characterisation of Melt Blended Hydroxyapatite and Polycaprolactone Composite Biomaterials
  • Padraig Maree, BA, BAI, MAI (2017)- Development of Glucose Loaded Microcapsules for IVD Regeneration
  • Adam Quinlan, BA, BAI, MAI (2017)- Development of an Intervertebral Disc Defect Model for use in Hydrostatic Pressure Investigations.
  • Áine McConville, BA, BAI, MAI (2016)-  Optimising Processing Parameters for Fused Deposition Modelling of PLA and PET for use in Disposable Medical Devices
  • Aaron Walsh, BA, BAI, MAI (2016)-  Design, Development and Emulation of an Intraoperative Device for Micro-Encapsulation
  • Ciaran Giles, BA, BAI, MAI (2015)- Fabrication of Injectable High Density Crosslinked Fibrin Hydrogels to Seal Ruptured Annulus Fibrosus Tissue of the Intervertebral Disc
  • Kate Gillen, BA, BAI, MAI (2014)- Investigation of a Minimally Invasive Strategy for Nucleus Pulposus Regeneration
  • Tara Mooney, BA, BAI, MAI (2014)- Investigation into the Delivery and Fixation of Implants in the Intervertebral Disc
  • Ciaran Moen, BA, BAI, MAI (2014)- Development of a Hydrostatic Pressure Bioreactor System
  • Orla O'Brien, BA, BAI, MAI (2013)- Development of Injectable Porous Micro-Carriers (PMCs) for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration

Undergraduate BAI (Engineering)

  • Jennifer Fitzpatrick BA, BAI (2020)- Effects of Fibre Diameter on Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Polymer Scaffold Structures
  • Sophie Cairns BA, BAI (2020)- 3D Printing of Cartilage Endplates of the Intervertebral Disc using Polycaprolactone
  • Arlinol Xhezaj BA, BAI (2019)- In Situ Deposition of Nanofibers via Solution Blow Spinning
  • Stephen Quinn, BA, BAI (2014)- Fabrication and Characterisation of Porous Scaffolds Derived from Decellularized Annulus Fibrosus Extracellular Matrix
  • Andrew Daly, BA BAI (2013)- Development of Shape Memory Scaffolds to Repair the Annulus Fibrosus
  • Katie Gordon, BA BAI (2013)- Bioreactor Systems for IVD Organ Culture Stimulation
  • Alan Irvine, BA BAI (2012)- Development of Bioactive Scaffolds as a Template for Tissue Regeneration
  • Patrick Stewart, BA BAI (2012)- Engineering the Intervertebral Disc
  • Darragh Boylan, BA BAI (2012)- Factors Influencing the Transport of Oxygen, and the Effect of Cellular Treatment Methods, in the Intervertebral Disc: a Finite Element Study
  • Simon McCoy, BSc (2012)- Anatomically Shaped Tissue Engineered Grafts
  • Ciaran Dooley, BA BAI (2012)-Development of a Bioreactor System to Mimic Physiological Loading Regimes of the Intervertebral Disc

 

Visiting Internships

  • Jennifer Gansau, Technical University Berlin (April-Aug 2013) and (April-Sep 2014)- Decellularisation of Annulus Fibrosus Tissue
  • Miroslava Rysova, University of Liberic in the Czech Republic (Nov 2013- Sep 2014)- Collagen Based Biomaterials for Intervertebral Disc Repair
  • Milena Tryfon, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (April-Aug 2012) - Investigation of mesenchymal stem cells for intervertebral disc regeneration strategies – an in vitro model