Dr Garry Duffy
Garry Duffy is DRIVE Co-ordinator. He is a graduate in Anatomy from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2002). He subsequently completed his PhD in the area of adult stem cell therapeutics for cardiovascular disease under the supervision of Prof. Frank Barry in the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), NUI Galway. In June, 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to carry out research in cardiovascular tissue engineering and stem cell biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology under the supervision of Prof. Robert M. Nerem. Garry joined the Department of Anatomy, RCSI as a Lecturer in July 2008 and is currently a Senior Lecturer. Garry is also adjunct Associate Professor and PI in the Trinity Centre for Biomedical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin and one of 28 PIs in AMBER, a new €57 million (co-funded by 20 industry partners and Science Foundation Ireland) Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research centre based in Trinity College Dublin. In June 2013, while on sabbatical he was awarded a second Fulbright Scholarship to carry out research in advanced materials for cardiac regeneration at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in collaboration with Prof. Jeffrey Karp (www.karplab.net).
Garry leads a multidisciplinary team of biomaterials, stem cell and drug delivery scientists within the Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG), RCSI, with a large focus on chronic diseases. The long-term goal of his lab is to develop advanced biomaterials to facilitate targeted delivery and future clinical translation of cell based therapeutics. As well as the DRIVE project, Garry also leads the Advanced Materials for Cardiac Regeneration (AMCARE) project, an €8.6 million FP7-funded research programme with the goal of using smart biomaterials and minimally-invasive surgical devices for targeted delivery of stem cells to treat the infarcted myocardium.