Biomedical Engineering Research

The discipline of Biomedical Engineering in NUI Galway is internationally recognised for research excellence in several fields of Biomedical Engineering. 

The Alice Perry Engineering Building is a dedicated 14,000m2 facility for engineering research that includes state-of-the-art biomedical engineering laboratories, research space and computer suites. Biomedical Engineering faculty also have access to a new purpose-built Biosciences Building, as well as a Translational and Clinical Research Building located on the immediately adjacent campus of Galway University Hospital. Biomedical Engineering is affiliated with the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) and the Biomechanics Research Centre (BioMEC). NUI Galway is also the lead institution in a major national Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), which is funded by SFI and by the well-established medical device industry.  The Discipline of Biomedical Engineering has strong links with the international medical devices industry, which has a very high concentration of activity in the Galway region.

Biomechanics and medical device engineering

Prof. Peter McHugh, Prof. Mark Bruzzi, Dr. Pat McGarry, Prof. Laoise McNamara, Dr. Ted Vaughan, Dr. William Ronan, Dr. Eimear Dolan, Dr. Kevin Moerman

Sample Projects

  • Development of design software for small-scale implanted metallic devices
  • Experimental and computational investigation of mitral valve dynamics
  • Development of a physiological tester for cardiovascular devices 
  • Effects of shear stress and tensile strain on cell monolayers 
  • Design of a thromboembolic filter
  • Air and particle flow in lung airway bifurcations
  • An actuatable soft robotic device to modulate fibrotic capsule formation on implanted medical devices
  • Enhancing delivery of cancer immunotherapy for the treatment of ovarian cancer
  • Shoe insole optimisation for diabetic foot ulcer prevention
  • Biomimetic technologies for medical devices
  • Damage and fracture of bone
  • Damage and fracture of soft tissue
  • Microarchitectural and biomechanical characterization of heart valves
  • Non-invasive soft tissue deformation measurement during mammography procedures
  • Biodegradable magnesium alloys for medical implant applications
  • Biomechanics of catheter-vein interactions intravenous procedures
  • Diffusion in degrading polymers


Prof. Laoise McNamara, Dr. Meadhbh Brennan, Dr. Eimear Dolan

Sample Projects

  • Bone microenvironment and metastasis
  • Bone mechanobiology and osteoporosis
  • Drug evaluation in organotypic osteosarcoma
  • Mechanobiology and the foreign body response

Biomaterials and tissue engineering

Prof. Abhay Pandit, Prof. Peter McHugh, Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis, Dr. Manus Biggs, Dr. Meadhbh Brennan, Dr. Katarzyna Polak-Kraśna

Sample Projects

  • Design of scaffolds for nanoscale tissue engineering
  • A novel treatment for wound healing in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa
  • A systems approach to tissue engineering processes and products
  • The brain-machine interface
  • Scaffold design for neural tissue engineering
  • Live cell impedance mapping on transparent conductive polymers using scanning electrochemical microscope
  • Active scaffolds controlling cell phenotype for neural injury repair
  • Development and characterisation of optimally cross-linked films and sponges for wound healing applications
  • Extracellular vesicles for bone regeneration

Computational Methods

Prof. Peter McHugh, Prof. Mark Bruzzi, Dr. Pat McGarry, Prof. Laoise McNamara, Dr. Manus Biggs, Dr. Ted Vaughan, Dr. William Ronan, Dr.  Kevin Moerman, Dr. Katarzyna Polak-Kraśna

Sample Projects

  • Multiscale biomechanics of orthopaedic injury
  • Microscale modelling of the wear behaviour of thin self-lubricating coatings
  • A novel large deformation finite element approach to modelling micro-damage and micro-fracture in trabecular bone
  • Simulation based psychometric testing
  • Computational cell biomechanics
  • Modelling of indentation and nano-indentation processes
  • Modelling of wear processes
  • Microscale modelling of the mechanical behaviour of cardiovascular stents
  • Development of a finite element model to predict neuroelectrode micromotion-induced shear stress in brain tissue
  • Spinal cord injury characterisation and modelling
  • Multiaxial notch strain techniques for elastic-plastic-creep behaviour