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Dr Eoin O'Cearbhaill


Eoin O'Cearbhaill

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
01 716 1715
University College Dublin, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Engineering Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Eoin O'Cearbhaill, BE, PhD, is a Lecturer/ Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. Prior to joining UCD, Dr. O'Cearbhaill was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School (Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology Division; Dept. of Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital), where his research focused on the conception and development of medical devices and the delivery of next generation therapeutics, in the laboratory of Prof. Jeffrey Karp. Based on his development of a mechanical clutch needle, designed to prevent through-puncture injuries, Dr O'Cearbhaill was awarded 1st prize at the MIT Sloan BioInnovations 2012 conference. He was also part of the team that received the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Innovative Product of the Year Award 2013 for their work on developing a bio-inspired microneedle adhesive. Dr O'Cearbhaill obtained his BE (Biomedical) and PhD from NUI-Galway. His doctorate focused on applying mechanical stimulation to MSCs for vascular tissue engineering applications. Subsequently, he worked for Veryan Medical, before joining Creganna-Tactx, where he worked in both manufacturing and design service roles, helping to establish their Specialty Needles Division in Marlborough, MA. Dr O'Cearbhaill's interests include: 3D Printing of Medical Devices; Medical Device Innovation, Design and Commercialisation, including minimally invasive devices and delivery systems


  • Director
    UCD Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Ireland1 Jul 2018
  • Fellow
    UCD Conway Institute, Ireland1 Jan 2014


  • BE
    NUI Galway IRL
  • PhD
    NUI Galway IRL
  • Prof Cert University Teaching & Learning
    University College Dublin