Research Students

Sharon Duffy

Sharon Duffy

Sharon holds a B.Sc in Medical Science from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. She is currently undertaking an employment based PhD with a medical device company called Neuravi. Neuravi specialise in the development of mechanical thrombectomy devices for the removal of clots from stroke patients.

The research focuses on characterising the composition of blood clots retrieved from stroke patients, and developing clot analogues that are clinically representative of human stroke clots. This work will enable progress in the areas of clot imaging for stroke patients, device development, and procedure refinement.

Ala Elhelali

Ala Elhelali

Ala Elhelali (BSc, MSc) graduated with a BSc honors degree in Biomedical Science from National University of Ireland, Galway and subsequently completed a masters I Clinical Research from NUIG. She is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on investigating the effects of modern endovascular medical devices in the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms. The project aims to develop a clinical evaluation tools for thoracic aortic aneurysms and to help optimize the treatment outcomes of thoracic aortic aneurysms by currently available endovascular therapies.

Fiona Malone

Fiona Malone

Fiona graduated with a BEng (hons) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Limerick. Her PhD investigates the intracranial haemodynamic factors that influence the rehabilitation of ischaemic stroke patients.

Shane McHugo

Shane McHugo

Shane holds a BSc honours degree in Production Management from the University of Limerick. Shane is currently working on optimising the surgical procedures involved in resolving severe congenital heart defects.

Research Interests
 Fontan Physiology
 Development of benchtop rigs to replicate the cardiac system
 Surgical optimisation
 Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Awards and Honours
 UL40 Research Scholarship
 Presidents Volunteer Award

Experience
 Assembly Engineer, Analog Devices
 R&D Engineer, Analog Devices
 Researcher, Ideas Biotech Ltd
 Researcher, Centre for Applied Biomedical Engineering Research (CABER)
 Research Assistant, Class Medical

 

Helen O’Grady

Helen O’Grady

Helen O’Grady (BEng, MEng Sc, MSc) has a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) and Masters of Engineering Science through Research (MEngSc) in Biomedical Engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Her Masters’ Thesis involved rupture risk estimation of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs) using 3-dimensional aneurysm models reconstructed from patient CT scans and Finite Element (FE) Analysis. Helen also holds a First Class Honours Masters in Medical Physics (MSc) from NUIG. Her Master Thesis involved investigation of the Interference to External Medical Devices during Radiation Therapy Treatment.

Helen is currently completing her PhD investigating the Haemodynamics of Structural and Functional Classifications of Heart Failure (HF) and HF Treatment Strategies.