Kevin obtained both his B.Sc. in Engineering Science and his M.E. in Biomedical Engineering from UCD. His master’s thesis concerned the design of a needle system for reliable injection to a biologic tissue for minimally-invasive surgery.
His PhD project entitled ‘Development and Evaluation of Microneedle Electrodes for Surface Electromyography using Additive Manufacturing Approaches‘ and is supervised by Dr. Eoin O’Cearbhaill and Prof. Madeleine Lowery. The project is in collaboration with Professor Conor Walsh at Harvard University.
The research concerns the development of a microneedle technology platform as a means to overcome issues associated with wet surface electrodes in the measurement of electrical biosignals. With the rise of home healthcare, ambulatory monitoring and associated wearable technology, a need for new sensing devices exists which can be easily applied without the need for professionals, and that enable high-quality measurements during day-to-day activities and long-term wear.
He is funded by the Irish Research Council, being awarded the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2015. Kevin has also been awarded a Travelling Studentship in Biomedical Engineering by the National University of Ireland in order to support spending time researching at Harvard University.
Kevin won the 2021 Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal competition, sponsored by DePuy Synthes. Judged by an expert panel from both academia and industry, the award is given to a PhD-level researcher who had been found to be making a significant contribution to the field of Biomedical Engineering Research.
His research interests include: Medical Devices, Optimizing Device-Tissue Interfaces, Personal Sensing, Wearable Electronics, Signal Processing, Soft Robotics, 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing.