A Diverse Team of Research Experts


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.


Senior Researchers

Dr. Martin O’Halloran

Dr. Martin O’Halloran

Dr Martin O’Halloran is a European Research Council (ERC) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator at the National University of Ireland Galway. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of his research, he holds a joint affiliation with the College of Engineering and Informatics; and the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, and leads the Translational Medical Device Laboratory in the Lambe Institute.

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Dr. Emily Porter

Dr Emily Porter is an EU Marie-Curie Research Fellow in the Translational Medical Device Lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She studied at McGill University, Canada, where she received her M.Eng. in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Applied Electromagnetics in 2015. Her current research is focused on novel medical applications of electromagnetics, with projects including bladder monitoring and stroke detection using electrical impedance tomography, microwave radar for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, anatomically and electrically realistic phantoms, and standardized dielectric measurements of biological tissues.

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Dr. Adnan Elahi

Dr. Adnan Elahi is a lecturer in Medical Electronics and Co-director of the Translational Medical Device Lab at the National University of Ireland Galway. He holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway, M.Sc. in Embedded Digital Systems from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom and BS in Computer Engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Lahore, Pakistan. His PhD research was focused on investigation and development of novel signal processing algorithms to improve microwave imaging of the breast. He has over 8 years of research experience in medical device development. His research spans the disciplines of engineering and medicine, with a particular focus on smart devices for chronic disease management; novel and personalised therapeutics using electroporation and neurostimulation; and AI/machine learning for biomedical signals.

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Dr. Adam Santorelli

Dr. Adam Santorelli is an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in the Translational Medical Device Lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He studied at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he received his B. Eng, M. Eng, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2010, 2012, and 2017, respectively. His research is focused on the development of compact and low-cost medical devices with the primary goal of increasing the accessibility to technology for improved diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

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Dr. Laura Farina

Dr Laura Farina is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie MedTrain Fellow at CÚRAM in the Translational Medical Device Lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She studied at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, where she received her B.Sc. in Clinical Engineering in 2010, her M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 and her Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology – Applied Electromagnetism in 2017. Her PhD research activity was focused on the experimental and numerical characterization of the electromagnetic, thermal and physical changes undergone by tissues treated with microwave ablation procedures.

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Dr. Declan O’Loughlin

Declan O’Loughlin is a postdoctoral researcher 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.

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Dr. Jiss J Nallikuzhy

Jiss J Nallikuzhy is a postdoctoral researcher in the Translational Medical Device Lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has completed his Ph.D. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. His research was focused on enhancing the spatial resolution of ECG (ECG synthesis) using transform domain models where the spatio-temporal correlations in a twelve-lead ECG signal were exploited using various machine learning techniques

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Dr. Atif Shahzad

Atif Shahzad is a senior postdoctoral researcher and team lead ablation technologies at Translational Medical Device Lab, National University of Ireland, Galway. He received BSc (honors) in computer engineering from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan, and MSc in electronics engineering from University of Leeds, United Kingdom. He is associated with NUI Galway since 2011, starting PhD in microwave imaging for medical applications. His research is focused on thermal ablation and sensing technologies, medical signal and image processing, applied electromagnetic, computational modelling, and dielectric spectroscopy.

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