Michael monaghan

 Dr. Michael Monaghan is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. He performed his Postdoctoral research in Germany as a recipient of a prestigious Marie Curie Individual Fellowship where his research was coordinated between the Department of Cell and Tissue Engineering in the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology and the Department of Women's Health in University Clinic Tubingen. During this period he has published a number of key papers in the field of human valvulogenesis, embryonic stem cell research, cardiomyocyte differentiation, biomaterials and non-invasive optical characterisation (Raman microspectroscopy, fluorescent lifetime imaging (FLIM), multiphoton and second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging). Dr. Monaghan received both his B.Eng (Biomedical) and Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).     Google Scholar       Research Gate      PubMEd

Dr. Michael Monaghan is an Ussher Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. He performed his Postdoctoral research in Germany as a recipient of a prestigious Marie Curie Individual Fellowship where his research was coordinated between the Department of Cell and Tissue Engineering in the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology and the Department of Women's Health in University Clinic Tubingen. During this period he has published a number of key papers in the field of human valvulogenesis, embryonic stem cell research, cardiomyocyte differentiation, biomaterials and non-invasive optical characterisation (Raman microspectroscopy, fluorescent lifetime imaging (FLIM), multiphoton and second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging). Dr. Monaghan received both his B.Eng (Biomedical) and Ph.D. (Biomedical Engineering) from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

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Researchers

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Dinorath Olvera

 Dinorath joins us on as a Postdoctoral Researcher on an Innovation Partnership Program with Spraybase® from March 2018. She recently completed her PhD thesis in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. Danny Kelly. Her doctoral research focused on developing a fibre reinforced hydrogel to engineer the interface between soft and hard tissue. Dinorath was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship to carry out her PhD studies. She graduated with first class honours from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Mexico and was a recipient of the Discovery Scholarship from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia to pursue a M.Sc. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has participated as an intern in the Research Chair of Biomedical Devices in ITESM and in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she worked on cornea tissue engineering and mechanical testing of soft tissues, respectively.

Dinorath joins us on as a Postdoctoral Researcher on an Innovation Partnership Program with Spraybase® from March 2018. She recently completed her PhD thesis in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering in Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Prof. Danny Kelly. Her doctoral research focused on developing a fibre reinforced hydrogel to engineer the interface between soft and hard tissue. Dinorath was awarded an Irish Research Council scholarship to carry out her PhD studies. She graduated with first class honours from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Mexico and was a recipient of the Discovery Scholarship from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia to pursue a M.Sc. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She has participated as an intern in the Research Chair of Biomedical Devices in ITESM and in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she worked on cornea tissue engineering and mechanical testing of soft tissues, respectively.

Nuno Neto

 Nuno is joins in 2018/2019 to conduct his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering under Dr. Monaghan's supervision. He was awarded his BSc at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and his MSc at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) under the supervision of Dr. Vanda Vaz Serra at the lab of Professor Sílvia M.B. Costa. His previous research was based on the interaction of porphyrins with polyelectrolyte microcapsules envisaging cancer therapy. Here, he came in contact not only with cancer biology but also with photochemical and photophysical processes analysed by several techniques such as UV-Vis absorption, Steady-state and Time-resolved fluorescence and FLIM. His efforts culminated with a graduation at the top of the class and a Merit diploma from IST. At the present his research is focussed on advanced non-invasive (multiphoton and FLIM) techniques in collaboration with Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute and St. James’ Hospital.

Nuno is joins in 2018/2019 to conduct his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering under Dr. Monaghan's supervision. He was awarded his BSc at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and his MSc at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) under the supervision of Dr. Vanda Vaz Serra at the lab of Professor Sílvia M.B. Costa. His previous research was based on the interaction of porphyrins with polyelectrolyte microcapsules envisaging cancer therapy. Here, he came in contact not only with cancer biology but also with photochemical and photophysical processes analysed by several techniques such as UV-Vis absorption, Steady-state and Time-resolved fluorescence and FLIM. His efforts culminated with a graduation at the top of the class and a Merit diploma from IST. At the present his research is focussed on advanced non-invasive (multiphoton and FLIM) techniques in collaboration with Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity Translational Medicine Institute and St. James’ Hospital.

MATTEO ARLOTTI

 Matteo received his Bachelor Of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a thesis regarding the computational simulation of ring tests on saphenous veins to evaluate their compliance.  He is studying for an MSc in Biomedicale Engineering at Politecnico di Milan and, due to high interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, he joined the Monaghan Lab in order to validate a platform made by the combination of a bioreactor(MOAB) with the FLIM technique

Matteo received his Bachelor Of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, with a thesis regarding the computational simulation of ring tests on saphenous veins to evaluate their compliance.

He is studying for an MSc in Biomedicale Engineering at Politecnico di Milan and, due to high interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, he joined the Monaghan Lab in order to validate a platform made by the combination of a bioreactor(MOAB) with the FLIM technique

Alejandro Reina Mahecha

 Alejandro received his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2017 through an associate agreement between the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería (Colombia), the University of the Rosary (Colombia) and the Poliyhecnic University of Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree of Common European Master’s Course in Biomedical Engineering (CEMACUBE) thanks to an associate agreement between the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Trinity College Dublin. He is specialized in neuro- and biomechanics, tissue engineering and has extended knowledge in programing languages (especially Matlab). Alejandro joins the lab for 2018/2019, his research focuses in electrical stimulation to direct cell stem differentiation.

Alejandro received his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2017 through an associate agreement between the Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería (Colombia), the University of the Rosary (Colombia) and the Poliyhecnic University of Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree of Common European Master’s Course in Biomedical Engineering (CEMACUBE) thanks to an associate agreement between the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Trinity College Dublin. He is specialized in neuro- and biomechanics, tissue engineering and has extended knowledge in programing languages (especially Matlab). Alejandro joins the lab for 2018/2019, his research focuses in electrical stimulation to direct cell stem differentiation.

AIMEE CONCANNON

 Aimee completed a BAI in Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. She is passionate about bioengineering and is currently working towards an MAI in Mechanical Engineering, with her thesis based on developing and testing an electromechanical actuator to replicate myocardial physiological contraction.

Aimee completed a BAI in Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. She is passionate about bioengineering and is currently working towards an MAI in Mechanical Engineering, with her thesis based on developing and testing an electromechanical actuator to replicate myocardial physiological contraction.

Issac John

 John completed a Bachelors degree in Biomedical engineering at Trinity College Dublin. This year he will be completing my MAI as well in Trinity. His masters thesis involves Using Fluorescent Lifetime Microscopy (FLIM) as a non invasive technique to identify and determine crosslinking densities in Extracellular matrix derived biomaterials.

John completed a Bachelors degree in Biomedical engineering at Trinity College Dublin. This year he will be completing my MAI as well in Trinity. His masters thesis involves Using Fluorescent Lifetime Microscopy (FLIM) as a non invasive technique to identify and determine crosslinking densities in Extracellular matrix derived biomaterials.

 Matteo joined us in 2017/2018 where he is starting his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering under Dr. Monaghan's supervision. He was awarded his BSc and MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. During his Masters Thesis, Matteo performed his thesis research in the laboratory of Prof. William Wagner at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine under the supervision of Prof. Antonio D'Amore

Matteo joined us in 2017/2018 where he is starting his PhD in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering under Dr. Monaghan's supervision. He was awarded his BSc and MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. During his Masters Thesis, Matteo performed his thesis research in the laboratory of Prof. William Wagner at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine under the supervision of Prof. Antonio D'Amore

 

Sinead O'Rourke

 Sinead is joining us as a PhD candidate in 2018/19. She has previously received a bachelor of science in Molecular medicine at Trinity college dublin. During this time she was introduced to the field of bioengineering with her research project focusing on the assessment of the immune response to traditional and novel biomaterials of orthopaedic implants with Prof. Aisling Dunne.  Her research at present involves the generation of functional myocardium organoids and assessing the role of macrophages in this process, between Trinity Centre for Bioengineering and the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at TCD.

Sinead is joining us as a PhD candidate in 2018/19. She has previously received a bachelor of science in Molecular medicine at Trinity college dublin. During this time she was introduced to the field of bioengineering with her research project focusing on the assessment of the immune response to traditional and novel biomaterials of orthopaedic implants with Prof. Aisling Dunne.

Her research at present involves the generation of functional myocardium organoids and assessing the role of macrophages in this process, between Trinity Centre for Bioengineering and the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at TCD.

SONG WONG

 Song first got interested in engineering due to a technology magazine’s section regarding implants and a robotic surgical system. From then on Song was working toward becoming an engineering student.  During the third and fourth year of the Engineering with Management course, Song was introduced to different streams of engineering and as she gets to know more of each stream, she became increasingly interested in Bioengineering.  Song joined the Monaghan Lab in September 2017 as part of the MAI course in Engineering with Management. Her research includes designing and producing a bioreactor system that can apply physiological pressures to hydrogels and to test a membrane material’s suitability in sustaining dynamic pressures.

Song first got interested in engineering due to a technology magazine’s section regarding implants and a robotic surgical system. From then on Song was working toward becoming an engineering student.

During the third and fourth year of the Engineering with Management course, Song was introduced to different streams of engineering and as she gets to know more of each stream, she became increasingly interested in Bioengineering.

Song joined the Monaghan Lab in September 2017 as part of the MAI course in Engineering with Management. Her research includes designing and producing a bioreactor system that can apply physiological pressures to hydrogels and to test a membrane material’s suitability in sustaining dynamic pressures.

Simone Perottoni

 Simone received the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano; during the thesis he worked on calcium phosphate coatings added with antibacterial agents to fight prosthesis infections. Since he was particularly interested in tissue engineering, he started MSc in Cells and Tissue Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He was attracted by the possibility of developing engineered systems for studying and culturing cells/tissues for regenerative medicine, hence he decided to join the lab for his Master Thesis to work in the validation of a bioreactor (MOAB)/ FLIM platform for studying cellular metabolism and differentiation

Simone received the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano; during the thesis he worked on calcium phosphate coatings added with antibacterial agents to fight prosthesis infections. Since he was particularly interested in tissue engineering, he started MSc in Cells and Tissue Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. He was attracted by the possibility of developing engineered systems for studying and culturing cells/tissues for regenerative medicine, hence he decided to join the lab for his Master Thesis to work in the validation of a bioreactor (MOAB)/ FLIM platform for studying cellular metabolism and differentiation

Mina Sohrabi-Zadeh

 Mina completed her BAI in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. She is completing her MAI in Biomedical Engineering and is currently working towards her thesis. Her research focuses on developing an electroconductive polymer ink that can be processed by Melt ElectroWriting to print biomaterial scaffolds which can be used in cardiac tissue models.

Mina completed her BAI in Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin in 2018. She is completing her MAI in Biomedical Engineering and is currently working towards her thesis. Her research focuses on developing an electroconductive polymer ink that can be processed by Melt ElectroWriting to print biomaterial scaffolds which can be used in cardiac tissue models.

Jack Murphy

 Jack is pursing his B.A.I in biomedical engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to moving to Dublin he conducted research relating to the fields of tissue engineering and cardiac regeneration in the Costa Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. Jack joins the Monaghan Lab as a part-time student assistant. Check out his  website!

Jack is pursing his B.A.I in biomedical engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Prior to moving to Dublin he conducted research relating to the fields of tissue engineering and cardiac regeneration in the Costa Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. Jack joins the Monaghan Lab as a part-time student assistant. Check out his website!

 
 

Collaborators

      Dr. Gillian Hendy   Director-Spraybase® Instruments at Avectas.

Dr. Gillian Hendy

Director-Spraybase® Instruments at Avectas.

 
  Dr. Stephen Maher   Assistant Professor in Translational Oncology, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Stephen Maher

Assistant Professor in Translational Oncology, Trinity College Dublin

  Professor Garry Duffy   Personal Professor of Anatomy, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Professor Garry Duffy

Personal Professor of Anatomy, National University of Ireland, Galway.

 Dr. Aisling Dunne  Ussher  Assistant   Professor  in Neuroinflammation, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Aisling Dunne

Ussher Assistant Professor in Neuroinflammation, Trinity College Dublin

  Prof. Manuela Raimondi   Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano

Prof. Manuela Raimondi

Full Professor, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Politecnico di Milano

 

Alumni

Grace Brogan

 Grace comes from a biology background having earned a Bachelor of science in Microbiology and a Diploma in Biotechnology. While working towards her diploma she was introduced to tissue engineering and, in particular, working with heart tissue. She joined us in 2017/2018 where she is working toward her MSc. in Bioengineering. Her research focuses on creating and evaluating an electroconductive scaffold for use in a 3-D cardiac model.

Grace comes from a biology background having earned a Bachelor of science in Microbiology and a Diploma in Biotechnology. While working towards her diploma she was introduced to tissue engineering and, in particular, working with heart tissue. She joined us in 2017/2018 where she is working toward her MSc. in Bioengineering. Her research focuses on creating and evaluating an electroconductive scaffold for use in a 3-D cardiac model.

CIARA GREANEY

 Ciara studied at The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for the last 4 years where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. Her research project focused on therapies for oral cancer. She has always had an interest in physics having studied it in first and second year, and with her experience in tissue culture she decided that the MSc in Bioengineering was a route in which she could combine both fields. She is now working with mesenchymal stem cells and looking at how the cells behave metabolically when cultured on gels of different stiffness.

Ciara studied at The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for the last 4 years where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. Her research project focused on therapies for oral cancer. She has always had an interest in physics having studied it in first and second year, and with her experience in tissue culture she decided that the MSc in Bioengineering was a route in which she could combine both fields. She is now working with mesenchymal stem cells and looking at how the cells behave metabolically when cultured on gels of different stiffness.

CANER YALEK

 Caner was highly interested by both engineering and biomedicine during highschool but chose to study the latter. He obtained his BSc in Biomedical Sciences at Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium. Caner then pursued his MSc in Biomedicine during which he focused on pharmacologically targeting cancer cell metabolism as part of his Master’s thesis under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Feron at the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research. He joined us in April 2018 as part of his MSc internship to discover the engineering part of biomedical sciences and widen his knowledge on biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Caner was highly interested by both engineering and biomedicine during highschool but chose to study the latter. He obtained his BSc in Biomedical Sciences at Université Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium. Caner then pursued his MSc in Biomedicine during which he focused on pharmacologically targeting cancer cell metabolism as part of his Master’s thesis under the supervision of Prof. Olivier Feron at the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research. He joined us in April 2018 as part of his MSc internship to discover the engineering part of biomedical sciences and widen his knowledge on biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Gaëtan ROUDIER

 Gaëtan obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Bordeaux, during which he discovered the vast field of tissue engineering. Attracted by multidisciplinarity and driven by his will to tackle health problems, he decided to pursue a Master's degree in Health Engineering, with a specialization in Biomaterials, still in Bordeaux. He joined us in the lab for his Masters Thesis which he successfully completed in June 2018.

Gaëtan obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Bordeaux, during which he discovered the vast field of tissue engineering. Attracted by multidisciplinarity and driven by his will to tackle health problems, he decided to pursue a Master's degree in Health Engineering, with a specialization in Biomaterials, still in Bordeaux. He joined us in the lab for his Masters Thesis which he successfully completed in June 2018.

CAROLINE PATEL

 Caroline conducted her MSc in Bioengineering research thesis in the Monaghan Lab.

Caroline conducted her MSc in Bioengineering research thesis in the Monaghan Lab.

ROBERT GREENSMITH

 Robert completed his BAI in Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. conducting a qualitative and quantitative analysis of fibrosis in porcine myocardium following biomaterial treatment post myocardial infarction for his final Bachelors thesis at the Monaghan Lab.

Robert completed his BAI in Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. conducting a qualitative and quantitative analysis of fibrosis in porcine myocardium following biomaterial treatment post myocardial infarction for his final Bachelors thesis at the Monaghan Lab.

CIARA CORCORan

 Ciara joined from Trinity College Dublin in 2017/2018 where she completed her MAI in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Ciara joined from Trinity College Dublin in 2017/2018 where she completed her MAI in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering.

Jackson Rose

 Jackson joined from Trinity Collage Dublin in 2016/2017, where he completed his MAI in Biomedical Engineering

Jackson joined from Trinity Collage Dublin in 2016/2017, where he completed his MAI in Biomedical Engineering

Harry Burns

 Harry joined from Trinity Collage Dublin in 2016/2017, where he performed his BAI in Biomedical Engineering

Harry joined from Trinity Collage Dublin in 2016/2017, where he performed his BAI in Biomedical Engineering

Thomas Storwick

 Thomas joined us in 2017 as an intern from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he is a BASC candidate in Nanotechnology Engineering

Thomas joined us in 2017 as an intern from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he is a BASC candidate in Nanotechnology Engineering

 

Open Positions

The Monaghan lab is always looking for talented PhD and Postdoctoral students.