Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill, BE, PhD, is a Lecturer in Bioengineering at the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. Prior to joining UCD, Dr. O’Cearbhaill was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School (Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Division; Dept. of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital), where his research focused on the conception and development of medical devices and the delivery of next generation therapeutics, in the laboratory of Prof. Jeffrey Karp. Based on his development of a mechanical clutch needle, designed to prevent through-puncture injuries, Dr O’Cearbhaill was awarded 1st prize at the MIT Sloan BioInnovations 2012 conference. He was also part of the team that received the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ Innovative Product of the Year Award 2013 for their work on developing a bio-inspired microneedle adhesive.
Dr O’Cearbhaill obtained his BE (Biomedical) and PhD from NUI-Galway. His doctorate focused on applying mechanical stimulation to MSCs for vascular tissue engineering applications. Subsequently, he worked for Veryan Medical, before joining Creganna-Tactx, where he worked in both manufacturing and design service roles, helping to establish their Specialty Needles Division in Marlborough, MA.
Dr O’Cearbhaill’s interests include:
Medical Device Innovation, Design and Commercialisation, including minimally invasive devices and delivery systems Cell Biomechanics, Bioreactor Design & Tissue Engineering Organ-on-Chip and Lab-on-a-Chip Systems