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Meet the team

principal investigator

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Cathal J. Kearney, PhD

Department of Biomedical Engineering, UMass Amherst

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Investigator, Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Center

Investigator, Trinity Biomedical Engineering

Senior Research Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Postdoc, Mooney Lab and Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Ph.D., Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.A., B.A.I., Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Fun Fact: I still daydream that I should have gone for American Idol over Grad school...then I recall that Carrie Underwood won idol that year and I get back to work!

Graduate students


John Amante

BS Biomedical Engineering 
Project: Revascularization of diabetic foot ulcers
Fun Fact: I'm allergic to Christmas trees


Haritha Jacob

MSc Pharmacy
Project: Development of a novel circadian drug delivery platform and its application in post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Fun Fact: I love food, I love life, and I love travel. I easily get excited over small things (although Cathal might disagree!) In addition to the PhD, the only thing I want to do full time is to get rich by being a pharmacist.


Dorcas Matuwana

BS Biology

Project: Skin wound healing

Fun Fact: I have lived in the Congo DRC, South Africa, and I am now in the United States!

Tailynn McCarty

BS Chemical Engineering
Project: TBD
Fun Fact: I love playing video games in my free time. Horizon Zero Dawn is my favorite game so far!


Juan Carlos Palomeque

BS Materials Science and Engineering
MS Advanced Materials Science and Engineering

Project: Biomimetic multi-layered scaffolds for wound healing
Fun Fact:  I enjoy working out, playing sports (specially soccer and swimming), photography and cooking. Proud Ecuadorian and Latino!

Undergraduate students


Julia Burke

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: I love to hike, paint, crochet, and pet dogs!


Naaz Thotathil

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact:  I love painting and drawing, going on hikes and cooking. I have also moved a lot and lived in 3 different continents.

Haylee Wagner

Major: BIomedical Engineering
Fun Fact:
I love art, interior decorating, and doing my own gel nails at home. I am also the Vice President of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Bridget Twombly

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: I love being active and spending time outside. I play on the club field hockey team at UMass and enjoy hiking in my free time.

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Sophia Millan

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Fun Fact: I love reading, skiing, biking, I'm bilingual, and if I could live in the Hamilton world I would!

 Lab alumni

Graduate Students

Francesco Santarella, Ph.D.
Emily Ryan, Ph.D.

Catherine Sirafim, Ph.D.
Sean McGrath
Badriah Ali
Fionnuala O'Gorman
Darina Gilroy
Seán Kelley

Postdoctoral Fellows

Tauseef Ahmed
Rukmani Sridharan

Milica Marinkovic
Ronaldo do Amaral


Undergraduate sTudents

UMass Amherst                           
Ishmael Adibuah
Emily Berestesky
Esha Uddin
Iris Schellenberg
Kaleb Seifert
Alexander Gottlieb

Shifaa Turkistani
Renuka Chintapalli
Shin Loong Song
Renuka Sitram
Syama Gollapalli
Harumi Ramanayake
Jack Donohue
Guiqin Wang
WaiYi Feng
Heng Min Lim
Eileen Whittle

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