Dr Ailish Breen is an assistant lecturer in Biopharmaceutical Science. She teaches across the biomedical, medical device and pharmaceutical programmes to Level 7, 8 and 9 students. She is also jointly responsible for co-ordinating student work placements in the Biomedical Science programmes and is a year tutor for Third year biomedical science students.
She is a biomedical
engineer and obtained her PhD in the field of tissue engineering for the
treatment of chronic ulcers in diabetic patients. The work was focused on
the optimization of a biomaterial scaffold for sustained release of a therapeutic
gene to modulate wound healing in vivo. The research resulted in
seven peer reviewed journal article publications (132 external citations, h-index 7) and
several awards including best poster at the European Society for Gene Therapy
in Finland, 2004, Engineer's Ireland Biomedical Research medal finalist, HRB
Communications award and Faculty of Engineering best poster prize. She has authored over 30 conference papers,
including an invited plenary presentation at the Tissue Engineering and
Regenerative Medicine Society meeting in London, 2008.
Dr Breen has secured in
excess of ¿480,000 in funding from sources such as SFI Research Frontiers
Programme, HRB Basic Research Grant, Enterprise Ireland and NUI Galway and IT
Sligo bursary schemes. Funding was
obtained for projects concerned with gene delivery from novel biomaterial
Dr Breen spent three years in
Industry working as Scientific Development Officer in the management of
bioassays for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry. Her current
research interests include developing and optimising novel natural biomaterials
for tissue engineering, drug release applications and biosensor technology.
She is co-PI on a bursary aiming to enhance gene expression for protein
biologic manufacturing via controlled release of molecules from biomaterials
with a focus on large scale industrial applications.
Recently, Dr Breen has coauthored two conference proceedings and a journal article on the use of blended learning to create an authentic learning experience. She has a research interest in blending workplace engagement into undergraduate study using online
technology and the principles of authentic learning.