Fellow // 2017
Professor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director of Research & Innovation, Head of Tissue Engineering Research Group (RCSI); Deputy Director (Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre – AMBER), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
his high impact research on mechanobiology, osteoporosis and the development of novel polymer-based scaffolds for tissue engineering with applications in bone, cartilage, cardiovascular, respiratory, neural and corneal regeneration.
Fergal O’Brien is a graduate in mechanical engineering with a PhD in bone mechanobiology (Trinity College Dublin) and carried out postdoctoral research (Fulbright Scholarship) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Deputy Director of the €58million SFI-funded AMBER Centre, funded investigator in the €50million CÚRAM Centre and Chair of the Executive Committee/PI in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. He has been a reviewer for >100 scientific journals and grant agencies, is currently a member of the World Council of Biomechanics and will co-chair the World Congress of Biomechanics in 2018. He has served as President of the Bioengineering Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, as Biomaterials Topic Chair for the Orthopaedic Research Society, and as an EU Council Member of TERMIS. He co-founded SurgaColl Technologies, which has translated 2 regenerative technologies from his lab to the clinic. He is an editorial board member of 5 journals and Subject Editor for the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. He has published almost 200 articles and numerous chapters & editorials in peer-reviewed international journals and books (h-index =57, Jan 2018), filed 13 patents/disclosures, supervised 31 doctoral students to completion and presented >100 invited talks at conferences worldwide. He is a recipient of two prestigious European Research Council Awards. Accolades include: ORS New Investigator Recognition Award (2002), SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (€1.1million, 2004), Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year (2005), Anatomical Society New Fellow of the Year (2014) and Fellowship of Engineers Ireland (2013).