Dr Ailish Breen 

Principal Investigator

Department of Applied Science

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Dr Ailish Breen is a Biomedical Engineer and obtained her PhD in the field of tissue engineering for the treatment of chronic ulcers in diabetic patients.


She has co-authored 20 articles in peer review journals and book chapters, 30 conference papers, including an invited plenary presentation at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society meeting in London, 2008. Dr Breen has secured through direct application and collaboration in excess of €500,000 in funding from sources such as Enterprise Ireland, SFI HRB, NUI Galway and IT Sligo bursary schemes. Funding was obtained for projects concerned with gene delivery, biomaterials and medical device innovation.


Dr Breen spent four years in Industry working as Scientific Development Officer in the management of bioassays for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry and has completed a Postgraduate Degree in Education.


Her current research interests include developing and optimising novel natural biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug release applications. Recently completed projects include the optimization of a porous substrate to deliver molecules to cells and enhance gene expression; assessment of the toxicity and applications of 2D nanomaterials.


She is co-PI on a bursary focused on process optimisation of a graphene chitosan electrospun scaffold for drug delivery. She is also engaged with an industry project investigating medical device coatings for the prevention of hospital acquired infections.



Full publication lists via Google scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zbh3C40AAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ailish-Breen-2