Dr William Ronan is an academic member of staff in the School of Engineering at NUI Galway in Biomedical Engineering. Dr Ronan completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at NUI Galway (graduating in 2013 and funded by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology Embark Scholarship) on the mechanics of cells. This research primarily focused on development and implementation of constitutive material models and adhesion models using the finite element method. During this time, he spent one year as a visiting scholar in the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 2013, he was awarded a SFI Short-Term Travel Fellowship which he used to visit the University of Cambridge. This research collaboration expanded on his previous doctoral work to examine the kinetics and mechanics of cell adhesion. In 2014, he began a post-doctoral research project at the Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics on the tensile ductility and toughness of lattice materials & polymer foams.

He returned to NUI Galway in 2016, originally as a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering, before moving to his current role in Biomedical Engineering.

Ruth obtained a first-class honour Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering degree from NUI Galway in 2017, and subsequently started her PhD supervised by Dr Ronan and co-supervised by Dr Ellen Roche. Ruth is funded through the Hardiman and Ryan Research Scholarship from NUI Galway.

Ruth’s research focus is on the development of computational models of a novel localised drug delivery device developed to treat ischemic heart failure. She aims to optimise the device design by simulating in-vivo conditions such as device adhesion, drug diffusion from device to cardiac tissue and deformation during pulsatile contraction through in-silico testing.

Rosa Shine

Rosa obtained a first-class honours degree in Biomedical Engineering from NUI Galway in 2014 and is a current PhD student in the MechBio research group, co-supervised by Dr. Ronan and Professor Peter McHugh. Her research project is focused on biodegradable polymers for use in next generation coronary stents and on the development of experimental and computational techniques to provide insight into the degradation and mechanical behaviours of these devices.

Rosa is funded through a College of Engineering & Informatics postgraduate research fellowship and through a Travelling Scholarship in the Sciences, from the National University of Ireland. She was also awarded an NUI sponsored Fulbright award in June 2016, to enable her to complete an 8 month research placement at the Edelman Lab, part of the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While at MIT, Rosa worked under the supervision of Professor Elazer Edelman to develop experimental techniques to monitor drug release from biodegradable polymers.

Aoife completed a BSc. in Applied Mathematics in NUI Galway in 2016 and started her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, funded by a Postgraduate Research Scholarship from the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway.

Aoife’s research focus is on development of material constitutive laws which use physically based models of the degradation processes. This work takes a multiphysics approach to understand the micromechanics of biodegradable polymers.

Outside of her research, Aoife is a committee member of SIAM NUI Galway Student Chapter, who regularly hold events showcasing some of the applied mathematics research currently being done on campus, throughout various disciplines. 

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Bobby Huxford is a PhD student on a College of Engineering & Informatics scholarship under the supervision of Dr Ronan. Bobby’s research topic is toughening mechanisms in composite, biological, and structured materials

Bobby completed his Masters in Energy Systems Engineering (graduating 2016) and a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering (graduating 2015) both in NUI Galway.

His Master’s thesis involved modelling the thermodynamic and chemical processes in the conversion of biomass to synthetic fuel in a pyrolysis reactor for industrial applications. He has also worked on a proof of concept stage of development for a commercial finite element code.

In his current work as a PhD student, he is examining the role of extrinsic toughening mechanisms, such as fibre bridging, in natural and synthetic composite materials.

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