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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.


Ph.D. Students


Saqib Salahuddin

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.

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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.


Eoghan Dunne

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.

Barry McDermott

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.


Anna Bottiglieri

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.


Bilal Amin

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.


Niko Ištuk

Niko Ištuk is a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway under the supervision of Dr Martin O’Halloran. Niko received his BSc in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 2010. and MSc in Communication and Information Technology in 2013. both from University of Split.

From 2014 to 2016 Niko worked on a project STRIPmed (Strengthening the capacity of University of Split for research, development and innovation in medical neuroelectronics) at University of Split as an EMC engineer responsible for electromagnetic analysis of novel electrostimulation device. From 2017 to 2018 Niko was research and teaching assistant at University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture. During that time Niko was involved in the research field of bioelectromagnetics through “Measurements in bioelectromagnetics (M-BEM)” project and worked as a teaching assistant teaching subjects such as Medical electronic devices and Bioelectromagnetics as well as Antennas and Antenna Systems, EMC and Wireless Communications.

Niko is currently working at the Translational Medical Device Lab at National University of Ireland Galway as an early stage researcher on Marie Slodowskwa-Curie Innovative Training Network “EMERALD”. His main research area is characterization of the tissue dielectric properties.


Nuno Silva

Nuno Silva is a student of Biomedical and Biophysics Engineering (BSc + MSc) at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is visiting the TMD Lab in order to complete his Master’s Project. His research is focused on the characterisation of thermal properties of biological tissues; specifically he is considering their temperature and water content dependency.

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