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

MATTEO SOLAZZO

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.

 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

 

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. 

 

Gaëtan Roudier

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.

 

ROBERT GREENSMITH

 Robert is currently completing his BAI in Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. He is 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 is currently completing his BAI in Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. He is 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.

 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. His research focuses on the optimization of 3D porous scaffolds fabrication for cardiac tissue engineering.

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. His research focuses on the optimization of 3D porous scaffolds fabrication for cardiac tissue engineering.

CIARA CORCORAN

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

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

 

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.

 
 

Collaborators

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

Dr. Stephen Maher

Assistant Professor in Translational Oncology, Trinity College Dublin

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

 

 

Dr. Gillian Hendy

Director-Spraybase® Instruments at Avectas.

 

Alumni

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. 

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

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

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.