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

Dr Cathal Kearney

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Cathal Kearney,  BAI, BA, MSc, PhD
Senior Research Fellow

Tel +353 1 402 5123
Email: cathalkearney@rcsi.ie 

Dr Cathal Kearney joined the RCSI Anatomy Department as a Senior Research Fellow in the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Spring of 2014. In 2004, he received a B.A., B.A.I., in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr Kearney joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA, where he completed a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Ph.D. in 2011 from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, having undertaken research in Dr Myron Spector's Laboratory on a non-invasive acoustic shock wave device for bone tissue engineering applications. Dr Kearney then worked as a Postdoc in Prof. David Mooney's Laboratory in Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he focused on the development of stimuli responsive materials for spatiotemporal control of drug delivery, as well as the interplay between immune cells (specifically macrophages) and regenerative medicine strategies.

His current research focuses on the development of novel systems for on-demand delivery of bioactive factors, drugs, nanoparticles, and cells. These systems are being integrated into tissue engineering scaffolds (e.g., collagen-based scaffolds developed in TERG), as well as being tested as surface coatings on conventional implants. Adapting these systems to elicit a favorable immune response is a second key theme. Initial focus areas for application include diabetic wound healing, revascularization and bone tissue engineering.