Research TEAM

Professor Sherif Sultan

Ms Niamh Hynes

Mr Mohamed Elsherif

Mr Ramy Elkady

Dr Mohamed Sharkawi

Mr Wael Tawfick

Dr Fionnuala Jordan

Dr Edel P Kavanagh

Dr Edel Kavanagh has a first class honours Degree in Science from the University of Limerick. She also has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering which she conducted in the Centre for Applied Biomedical Engineering Research (CABER) in the University of Limerick.

Her research project entitled “Finite Element Investigation of the Human Mandible Bone: Examination of Bone Fracture, Plate Fixation and Increasing Degrees of Atrophy” involved the design of the human jaw and bone fracture plates, focusing specifically on solid modelling of the human jawbone using commercially available software. These models were then used to examine stresses in the jaw during a number of fracture situations, plate fixation techniques, and in the presence of bone degradation.

Dr Kavanagh's role as part of the WVI is publishing all health related research. Current and past projects include investigation of the CARDIATIS Multilayer Flow Modulator (MFM) stent for endovascular pathologies, animals studies, wound care, cerebral aneurysms and vascular training.


Dr Florian Stefanov


Dr. Florian Stefanov has a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering, which involved cardiovascular research work done in the Galway-Medical Technologies Centre (GMedTech) at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology(GMIT), Ireland. His research is focused on assessing the influencing factors associated with the performance of the stent-graft fits used for the treatment of abdominal and thoracic aneurysms. He has an MSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) in Biotechnological and Ecological Systems Engineering from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty of Biotechnical Systems Engineering (2008). His work focused on the modelling and simulation of biomass production processes for microorganisms, such as: Saccharomyces cerevisae yeast, in modern bioreactors, which involved designing and automation of bioreactors to grow and multiply living cells. He also has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering, First Class Honours from GMIT (2007), Ireland. His thesis focused on syringe pump design with automatic flow rate control, which involved designing of an automatic syringe pump for medical care purposes.

Ms Ala Elhelali

Ala Elhelali graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway with an Honours BSc in Biomedical Science in 2010. With a budding interest in research and science development she graduated with a first class honours following a completion of a Masters in Clinical Research. In conjunction with this she undertook a two year vascular research fellowship under the supervision of Mr. Sherif Sultan, consultant vascular surgeon, in the Western Vascular Institute, Galway University Hospital.

She has now successfully attained a PhD post in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in GMIT which will establish the mechanism behind and the understanding of the effect of Multilayer Flow Modulators (MFM) on aortic aneurysms and dissections.


Mr Brian FitzGibbon

Brian FitzGibbon graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a first class honours B.E in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. His primary research focus to date has been in the area of computational biomechanics, specifically finite element modelling of aortic biomechanics. His thesis investigated
 the effects of intraluminal thrombus, tortuosity, and wall thickness on the rupture potential of infrarenal aortic aneurysms.
He has now successfully attained a position as a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering in National University of Ireland, Galway with clinical supervision from the WVI. His present work focuses on the biomechanics of aortic dissection and its treatment using endovascular therapies.

Mr Jamie Concannon

Jamie Concannon graduated from The National University of Ireland, Galway in 2015 with a First Class Honours B.E in Biomedical Engineering. His thesis focused on the Computational Modelling Of The Optimum Removal Of External Fixators In Comminuted Tibial Fractures and was awarded the David Bouchier Hayes Innovations in Surgery Award for 2015 for his research at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. His thesis was presented internationally at both the 23rd Annual European Orthopaedic Research Society and the 6th Annual International Conference of Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues.

A keen interest in biomechanics and computational analysis has lead to him successfully attaining a position as a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at The National University of Ireland, Galway under the Co-Supervision of Professor Peter E. McHugh and Professor Sherif Sultan of the WVI. His PhD focuses on the Computational And Experimental Analysis Of The Efficacy Of Endovascular Devices In The Treatment Of Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms.



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