Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG)

Principal Investigators

 Prof. Fergal O'Brien
Prof. Fergal O'Brien
Head of TERG, Professor of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine and Deputy Director of Research, RCSI; Professor & PI, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE), TCD; Deputy Director & PI, AMBER. E:
Prof. Clive Lee
Prof. Clive Lee
Head of Department of Anatomy, RCSI; Professor of Anatomy at RCSI and the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA); Visiting Professor of Biomechanics,TCD. E:
Photograph Prof. Sally Ann Cryan
Prof. Sally Ann Cryan
Professor in Pharmaceutics, RCSI School of Pharmacy; Founding member and PI of the SFI-funded Irish Drug Delivery Network (IDDN); PI in AMBER and TCBE. E:
Photograph Dr Helena Kelly
Dr Helena Kelly
Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, RCSI School of Pharmacy; PI and Deputy Coordinator of two European consortia AMCARE and DRIVE. E:
Photograph Dr Orlaith Brennan
Dr Orlaith Brennan
Lecturer in Physics, RCSI.
Photograph Dr Steve Kerrigan
Dr Steve Kerrigan
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, RCSI School of Pharmacy. E:
Photograph Dr Caroline Curtin
Dr Caroline Curtin
Lecturer in Department of Anatomy, RCSI. E:
Photograph Dr Cathal Kearney
Dr Cathal Kearney
Lecturer in Department of Anatomy, RCSI. Heads Kearney Lab, TERG. E:
Photograph Dr Cian O'Leary
Dr Cian O'Leary
Lecturer in Pharmaceutics, RCSI School of Pharmacy. E:
Photograph Dr Oran Kennedy
Dr Oran Kennedy
StAR Research Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, RCSI. PI in TCBE. E:

Photograph Prof. John O'Byrne
Prof. John O'Byrne
Abraham Colles Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, RCSI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital
Photograph Prof. Garry Duffy
Prof. Garry Duffy
Honorary Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Dept. Anatomy, RCSI. Professor of Anatomy, NUI, Galway; PI in AMBER and TCBE; Lead Coordinator of DRIVEAMCARE. E:
 Dr Tanya Levingstone
Dr Tanya Levingstone
Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, DCU. E:
Photograph Dr Annie Curtis
Dr Annie Curtis
StAR Research Lecturer, Head of Curtis Clock LabMCT, RCSI. E:
Dr Ciara Murphy
Dr Ciara Murphy
StAR Research Lecturer, Anatomy Department, RCSI. E:
Dr Aamir Hameed
Dr Aamir Hameed
Lecturer, Dept. Anatomy, RCSI. PI in TCBE. E:

Postdoctoral Researchers & Research Fellows

  • Dr Adrian Dervan
  • Dr Alan Hibbitts
  • Dr Arlyng Gyveth Gonzalez Vazquez
  • Dr Eamon Sheehy
  • Dr Eoghan Cunnane: Eoghan received his PhD from the University of Limerick in 2015 in the field of experimental soft tissue characterisation. He then spent a year lecturing at the University of Limerick before joining the Tissue Engineering Research Group under Prof Fergal O'Brien. Eoghan is the recipient of the prestigious Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions International Fellowship (LAF-GRAFT, No. 708867) awarded by the European Commission and is currently undertaking this research fellowship on secondment at the University of Pittsburgh. Eoghan's project is focused on developing functionalised scaffolds for vascular tissue engineering applications using stem cells and stem cell secreted products in combination with biodegradable scaffolds fabricated from natural proteins. These functionalised scaffolds are intended to address the shortcomings of existing vascular graft options which suffer from poor patency rates and insufficient tissue remodelling.
  • Dr Gayathri Kollamaram
  • Dr Ian Woods
  • Dr Lara Costard 
  • Dr Laura Gallagher 
  • Dr Lia Andrea Blokpoel Ferreras
  • Dr Milica Marinkovic
  • Dr Neashan Mathavan
  • Dr Pedro Jose Gouveia
  • Dr Ronaldo Jose Farias Correa Do AmaralRonaldo completed a degree in Biological Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil) in 2008, where he also acquired a Master's degree (2011) and PhD (2015) in Morphological Sciences. During his PhD, Ronaldo spent 2 months in the RCSI TERG (2014) through the SFI funded "Research Brazil-Ireland" Programme. After completing his PhD, Ronaldo worked as a Research and Development supervisor at Excellion Biomedical Services and as a Lecturer of Biomedical disciplines including Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, at Veiga de Almeida University, both in Brazil. 
    In September 2016 Ronaldo returned to the RCSI to work as a research assistant under the direct supervision of Dr. Cathal Kearney in the TERG, where he evaluates the effects of different times and doses of PDGF-BB released from collagen-based scaffolds to enhance vascularization. Ronaldo's expertise is in Morphology, where he is most experienced in histology and stem/progenitor cell biology.
  • Dr Rukmani SridharanRukmani graduated from SASTRA University in Thanjavur, India, in 2010, with a BSc. in Bioinformatics, after which she proceeded to work in the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, as a research assistant for 18 months under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey M. Karp. Here, she worked on understanding the basic biology of mesenchymal stem cells and enhancing their therapeutic efficacy through various engineering approaches. She then moved to Prague, Czech Republic for the first year of her two-year MSc in Bioengineering (CEMACUBE programme) which she completed in the TCBE, developing novel tissue engineered conduits for peripheral nerve regeneration. Rukmani has just received her PhD in the TERG (graduating May 2018), investigating the immune response to implanted biomaterials and cross talk with MSCs, under the joint supervision of Prof. Fergal O'Brien and Prof. Danny Kelly, TCD. She is now a post-doctoral researcher in Cathal Kearney's TERG Lab.
  • Dr Tauseef Ahmad
  • Dr Tom Hodgkinson 
  • Dr Zuzana Koci
  • Postgraduate Students

  • Catherine Sirafim
  • Christopher Simpson
  • Claudio Intini
  • Domhnall KellyDomhnall obtained his BA (Mod) Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc in Regenerative Medicine, NUI Galway. Following a placement in the Mayo Clinic, he returned to Ireland to commence a PhD as a member of the RCSI Tissue Engineering Research Group under the supervision of Prof. Fergal O'Brien and Dr. Caroline Curtin in collaboration with Prof. Caitriona O'Driscoll, School of Pharmacy, University College Cork. His research focuses on the development of advanced scaffold based systems incorporating novel nanoparticles for the delivery of RNA-based therapeutics.
  • Francisco Almeida
  • Francesco Santarella
  • Haritha Jacob
  • Helena Moreira
  • Isabel Amado
  • Jessica Ramalho
  • Joanne O'DwyerJoanne graduated from the RCSI with a BSc. (Pharm), before subsequently receiving her Masters in Pharmacy from same. She worked briefly in community pharmacy before returning to RCSI to begin a PhD under the co-supervision of Profs Sally Ann Cryan, Garry Duffy and Andres Heise. She is currently in the first year of her PhD in the areas of Pharmaceutics and Tissue Engineering. Her research is based on the use of novel polymers to develop gels and nanoparticles for cell and drug delivery to the ischaemic myocardium.
  • Katelyn Genoud
  • Lauren Fagan
  • Liam McDonough
  • Luis Soriano
  • Luwang Laiva
  • Mark Lemoine
  • Michael Joyce
  • Paige Hinton
  • Rachel GaulRachel graduated from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, TCD, with a first class honours degree in pharmacy. She then obtained the MPharm from the RCSI. During the Master's programme she spent six months working as a researcher with Professor Sally-Ann Cryan's group in the School of Pharmacy and a further six months working in a community pharmacy. Rachel subsequently registered as a pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland. In 2015 she was awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (Irish Research Council) to undertake a PhD in Pharmaceutics. Her project is being carried out under the supervision of Prof. Sally-Ann Cryan, Prof. Catherine Greene and Dr Joanne Ramsey and aims to develop an inhalable gene based treatment for cystic fibrosis.
  • Rachael Power
  • Rita Ibañez
  • Silvia Paiva
  • Tehreem Khalid
  • Clinical Postgraduate Students

    Robert Thomas Brady

    Robert completed a dual undergraduate degree in Pharmacology and Molecular Genetics at the Conway Institutes of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, UCD. He then obtained his Bachelors of Medicine at RCSI. He returned to the college to peruse a PhD under the guidance of Prof. Fergal O'Brien and Dr David Hoey (TCD). Rob's PhD is focused on bone mechanobiology and osteoporosis where he is investigating factors influencing mechanical loading induced bone formation.

    Research Assistants

    Lab Manager

    Research Coordinator/Clinical Trial Manager