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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


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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