The Biggs Lab at NUI Galway

Welcome to the Biggs Lab Homepage. The Biggs group conducts multi-disciplinary bioengineering research at the National University of Ireland, Galway to develop biomaterials focused solutions to medical device design with a focus on the nanofabrication of electrically active and responsive biomaterials.

GRC Neuroelectronic Interfaces
15/03/2020 - 20/03/2020
California - USA

UPCOMING EVENTS

TERMIS EU Annual Meeting
26/05/2020 - 29/05/2020
Manchester - UK
Matrix Biology Ireland Annual Meeting 2019
21/11/2019 - 22/11/2019
Dublin -  Ireland

BIGGS LAB NEWS

New Paper by katarzyna krukiewicz on Low resistance, highly corrugated structures based on poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with a d-glucopyranoside-derived ionic liquid

A Conjugated polymers have gained significant interest as highly conducting organic materials with versatile surface morphology. In this study, we demonstrate that the electrodeposition of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, in the presence of a d-glucopyranoside-derived ionic liquid (IL) results in the formation of highly corrugated three-dimensional structures. The as-formed PEDOT/IL is found to outperform PEDOT electrodeposited in the presence of a conventional electrolyte (KCl) in terms of the low impedance at the biologically relevant frequency (1 kHz) and low charge transfer resistance. Consequently, it can be inferred that the unique surface morphology and beneficial electrochemical performance will facilitate the application of PEDOT/IL in biomedical engineering, especially in the field of neural interfaces and tissue scaffolds.

Marc Fernandez Awarded the Ph.D Degree Following a Successful Thesis ​Defence

Marc Fernandez was awarded the Ph.D degree after successfully defending his thesis on September 4th, 2019. Marc was co-supervised by Prof Abhay Pandit and was examined by Dr Ted Vaughan (NUI Galway) and Prof Pere Roca Cusachs (University of Barcelona). Marc has been a member of the Biggs Lab since 2013, when he initiated Ph.D studies into piezoelectric polymers in regenerative medicine,  submitting a thesis entitled 'Piezoelectric scaffolds: Mediating Tendon Regeneration by Activation of Piezosensitive Receptors'. Marc has initiated a postdoctoral research position with Prof Andreas Garcia, at Georgia Tech, USA. All the Biggs Lab wish him the very best and look forward to hearing of his continued success. 

Alex Trotier and James Britton Receive Awards at TERMIS EU Meeting in Rhodes
The TERMIS-EU 2019 meeting was held from the 27th to the 31st of May 2019 at Rhodes, Greece. The theme of TERMIS this year was ‘Tissue Engineering Therapies: From concept to clinical translation and commercialisation’. The meeting is highly important to scientists, clinicians and industries interested in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine therapies that aspire to revolutionise healthcare with their reparative capacity. This year, Alex Trotier was awarded the RSC Biomaterials Science Best Podium Presentation for his talk on the development of a mechanical model of gliosis. James Britton received a debate award for his winning stance on 'This House believes that unblinded peer-review will result in good science'.
Funding Awarded For EPSRC-SFI 2018 Centre for Doctoral Training - LifETIME (Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine) 

Funding has been approved by SFI and the EPSRC for an new centre for doctoral training (CDT),  a partnership between the University of Glasgow, the University of Birmingham, Aston University and CÚRAM. SFI has agreed to fund 25 PhD positions, 5 per year for the next 5 years, with the first cohort to be recruited in September 2019. The program will last for eight years.

The lifETIME CDT focuses on development of non-animal technologies to improve predictive power of pre-clinical drug screens and thus drive medicines discovery. In this programme students will undergo a secondment with an industry partner (Pharma, contract research organisations, small enterprises). Also, as the CDT is based at Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Aston and CÚRAM we will work with these academic partners to create a national cohort of new talent to drive this sector. Students will be hosted in dynamic labs and will have the opportunity for co-supervision, travel and training within CÚRAM and the UK. The first projects the CDT are currently being formulated by CÚRAM and our UK partners and will be available online soon,  the lifETIME CDT website can be accessed at the following address https://lifetime-cdt.org.

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