Led by Dr Martin O’Halloran, the Translational Medical Device Lab is composed of a diverse team of researchers that bring medicine, science, and engineering together to advance healthcare technologies. Our focus is the design, development, and clinical evaluation of innovative medical devices for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.
The team have experience in a wide range of fields, from biophysics, to engineering and computing, and to clinical trial design.
MEET THE TEAM
Alessandra La Gioia
Alessandra La Gioia is a Ph.D. student in the Translational Medical Device Lab, funded by European Research Council and led by Dr. Martin O’Halloran, at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) with first-class honours.
Her Bachelor’s research project resulted in the development of an integrated and portable ECG measurement system, in collaboration with the Biomedical Instrumentation Research Group at the University of Coimbra. During her Master’s degree, she joined the Medical Microfluidic System research group at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (UK), where she improved the performance of a point-of-care blood analysis system used for three-part differential leukocyte count.
Currently, she is investigating techniques for the analysis of the dielectric properties of biological tissues, as a platform for low-cost medical device design.
Saqib Salahuddin is currently working towards his Ph.D. (Electrical & Electronics) at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. He received the B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan (with High Honours) in 2007 and the M.Sc. degree in Microelectronics Systems Design from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom in 2009. He was Lecturer in Electrical Engineering Department at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan from 2007 to 2014 and a research member of COMVIS (Computer Vision Research Group) from 2011 to 2014. His research interests include Embedded Systems, Robotic Vision, Optimization Algorithms, Dielectric Metrology and Electromagnetic Medical Systems.
Mr. Saqib Salahuddin has received a number of national and international rewards and grants. He is a member of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action MiMED and COST Action EMF-MED.
Declan O’Loughlin is a Ph.D. student at the National University of Ireland under the supervision of Dr Martin O’Halloran. Having completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Computer) degree at NUI Galway with first-class honours in 2014, he was awarded the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship to work on microwave imaging, focusing on breast cancer detection.
He has worked at the renowned Tyndall National Institute in Cork on wideband vibrational electromagnetic micropower generators on silicon, at the leading semiconductor manufacturer Analog Devices International on characterization of capacitance sensors and as a Graduate Research Trainee at McGill University in Montreal on signal acquisition in the context of microwave breast imaging.
Declan O’Loughlin has received several national and international awards, including the Best Bioelectronics Speaker at Bioengineering in Ireland, BoI National Student of the Year, the UREKA FASTNET Undergraduate Bursary, NUI Galway Entrance Scholarship and University Scholar for outstanding academic results for each undergraduate year and the Hardiman Research Scholarship.
Eoghan is a Ph.D. researcher and a Naughton Scholar. He received a BEng in Electronic & Computer Engineering at NUI Galway. He has worked on a number of international projects including OpenWorm c302 and Si Elegans. In industry, he has worked with Ericsson developing for 4G Mobile Networks. He has also worked in areas of device design and Machine Learning.
His research is focused on bladder monitoring technologies and is supervised by Dr. Martin O’Halloran.
Bárbara Oliveira is a Ph.D. student at the National University of Ireland Galway with a full scholarship from Science Foundation Ireland, working on classification systems for radar-based breast imaging.
Bárbara completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the FCT NOVA University in Lisbon, Portugal, with first class honours. The Master’s degree was focused on breast cancer detection with a dedicated breast-PET system – a project developed within the framework of a European Consortium on the topic (Crystal Clear Collaboration).
Bárbara has received national and international awards including the Best Engineering Paper at the UL-NUIG Annual Research Day 2016, 2nd place at the 2016 Irish National Thesis in 3 Competition and a travel grant to visit and collaborate with research groups in Canada.
Barry graduated with a 1st class honours B.E. (Electronic and Computer Engineering) degree from NUIG in 2016. He received the University Scholar Award from NUIG on 3 occasions as well as an ON Semiconductor Scholarship and Mature Student Scholarship from the university. He was awarded the James Hardiman Research Scholarship to pursue Ph.D. studies at NUIG as part of the Medical Device Research Group.
As well as being an engineer, Barry holds professional qualifications in both Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. Barry qualified and worked professionally as a Pharmacist, graduating from The University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2003 with a 1st class honours B.Sc. (Pharm) degree and winning both a Gold Medal and the Antigen Prize for 1st place in Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology. He received an honours MVB degree (DVM equivalent) from University College Dublin in 2009 in Veterinary Medicine as well as the Veterinary Council of Ireland Freeman Memorial Medal for outstanding academic performance in a range of fields including animal husbandry, pathology, microbiology, parasitology and pharmacology.
Bilal Amin is pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National University of Ireland Galway. His Ph. D research, under the supervision of Dr. Martin O’Halloran at Translational Medical Device Lab., is on the application of Dielectric Metrology and Electromagnetic Medical systems for earlier diagnosis of Osteoporosis. His Ph. D program is being funded by European Research Council (ERC) scholarship.
He did his BS in 2013, securing First Class, in Electrical Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Lahore, Pakistan under the auspices of National ICT scholarship program. In 2015, he earned his Master’s degree with distinction, in Electrical Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Islamabad, Pakistan. Bilal has worked as Lecturer in Electrical Engineering Department CIIT Lahore from 2015 to 2017.
His current research interests are compressive sampling, MIMO communication systems, optimization theory, microwave imaging, medical signal processing, dielectric metrology and electromagnetic medical systems.
Anna Bottiglieri is a Ph.D. student in the Translational Medical Device Lab, funded by the European Research Council.
Anna completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) with first-class of honours. Anna’s Bachelor’s project resulted in the study of a new imaging technique called “Coherence Optic Tomography” and its application in the field of ophthalmology. During her Master’s degree in the Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Department at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy), Anna worked to enhance the performance of an UWB system used to detect breath and cardiac frequencies, non-invasively.
Anna’s current research investigates the improvement of dielectric properties measurements of tissues to refine microwave hyperthermia treatment.