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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.


Visiting Researchers


Soroush Abedi

Soroush Abedi a PhD student at SORBONNE UNIVERSITE. He is currently working on WP1-task1 of the EMERALD project. His current research interest includes preparation of Standard phantoms for EM device testing.

During Soroush’s stay in the TMD Lab his work was focused on detailed dielectric characterisation of the heart and great vessels with Niko Ištuk. He was also investigating different liquid mimicking human tissues for phantoms for microwave Imaging.


Matteo Savazzi

Matteo Savazzi is a PhD student at the Physics Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He is currently working on WP4-task10 of the EMERALD project. His current research interests include dielectric characterization of tissues and microwave imaging algorithms.

During his stay in the TMD Lab his work was dedicated to characterizing dielectric properties of different tissues like lymph nodes, liver, kidney and more extracted from different animal subjects.


Tushar Singh

Tushar Singh is a full-time employee in WIPL-D d.o.o. Belgrade, Serbia and also enrolled as a PhD student at School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He earned his Master’s degree in Microwave Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Varanasi, India in 2014 and his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology Gorakhpur, India in 2012. He worked on Deep Space Communication in his Master’s thesis, for this he designed, fabricated and measured the compact antennas at Millimetre Wave Range.

During his stay in the TMD Lab he was focused on Biomedical Application of Microwave Technology, Antenna Design and Microwave Imaging. wilh working on WP3-task6 ‘Full wave modelling for EM medical devices’ of the EMERALD project.


Cristoforo Decaro

Cristoforo Decaro Visited TMD Lab summer 2019, and his work was focused on dielectric characterisation and microwave ablation studies. This research activity demanded the development and characterisation of a broad range of microwave energy-based prototypes intended to cause thermal closure of abnormal vessels.


Mengchu Wang

Mengchu Wang, Ph. D. student at CNR-IREA in Naples and Sapienza
University of Rome under the supervision of Dr. Lorenzo Crocco and
Prof. Marta Cavagnaro. She is part of the Marie Skłodowska Curie
Innovative Training Network project ‘EMERALD’. As an early-stage
researcher, her research activities are mainly devoted to the design
and realization of the device for non-invasive monitoring of ablation
During the summer of 2019, Mengchu visited TMDLab for a research
secondment. Her activities included dielectric property measurements
of animal tissues, experimental assessment of bovine liver ablation
and matching medium preparation.


Ilja Merunka

Ilja Merunka is a Ph.D. student at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. He is working under the supervision of Prof. Jan Vrba in the Department of Electromagnetic Fields. His research interests include microwave hyperthermia and microwave tomography (for human brain stroke detection and classification). He has contributed to both research areas in terms of antenna design and numerical simulations of electromagnetic fields, development and implementation of reconstruction and measuring algorithms, measurements on phantoms and validation of the system.

​Ilja worked in the Translational Medical Device Lab as a visiting researcher in autumn 2015. His work at the TMDLab involved investigation of complex permittivity measurements of biological tissues using the open ended coaxial probe measurement technique. Ilja is a member of EU COST Action MiMED and his work at the TMDLab was supported by a MiMED Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) grant.


Hang Song

Hang (Harry) Song is currently a Ph.D. student at Hiroshima University, Japan. His research work is focused on microwave breast cancer detection, complex permittivity measurement of breast tissues, and signal processing. He received the B.S. and M. S. degrees in Electronic Science and Technology from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Harry visited the TMDLab in the summer of 2017, where his research focused on microwave tomography using the measurement data from a CMOS-based breast cancer detection system.


Lijo George Thomas

Lijo is a student of medicine (M.B., B.CH., B.A.O. Degree) at the School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway. He received a Health Research Board (HRB) Summer Scholarship to work at the Translational Medical Device Lab in 2017. His research at the TMDLab focused on studying the heat damage following microwave ablation of adrenal glands.


Myat Pann Chit

Myat Pann Chit is pursuing a degree in medicine (M.B., B.CH., B.A.O. Degree) at the School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway. She received a School of Medicine Summer Scholarship from the National University of Ireland Galway to work at the Translational Medical Device Lab over the summer of 2017. Her research at the TMDLab focused on the accurate measurement of dielectric properties of heterogeneous tissues for the purpose of improved microwave hyperthermia treatment of breast cancer.

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