Prof. Fergal O’Brien
Deputy Director

Institution RCSI
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Prof. Fergal O’Brien currently heads one of the largest tissue engineering research groups in Ireland. He is a graduate in mechanical engineering and his PhD research was in the area of bone mechanobiology (both from TCD). He was subsequently a Fulbright postdoctoral researcher in orthopaedic tissue engineering in Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School before his faculty appointment in 2003. Since then, he has acquired over €13 million in grant funding, has published over 120 journal articles, book chapters and editorials in peer-reviewed international journals and books, filed 7 patents/disclosures and supervised 17 PhD students to completion. He has a current h-index of 32. A number of the patented technologies have resulted in the formation of a spin-out campus company, SurgaColl Technologies, which is focussed on the development of innovative technologies to promote tissue regeneration. He is Deputy Director for Research in RCSI and is a PI and Deputy Director in AMBER.

His work in AMBER focuses on the development of novel collagen-based scaffolds for tissue engineering with applications in bone, cartilage, cardiovascular, respiratory, neural and corneal regeneration. A major focus is the use of these scaffolds as therapeutic bioactive platforms for the delivery of stem cells & growth factors or as gene-activated matrices to promote enhanced tissue repair.


  • Dr Lorraine Byrne
  • Deirdre Caden
  • Mary Colclough
  • Emma Leahy
  • Colm McAtamney
  • Cathal McAuley
  • Brendan Ring
  • Richard Twohig
  • Dr Colm Faulkner

Dr Lorraine Byrne
Executive Director
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Deirdre Caden
AMBER Funding Manager
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Mary Colclough
Comms, Outreach & Public Affairs Manager
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Emma Leahy
EU Grants Manager
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Colm McAtamney
AMBER General Manager
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Cathal McAuley
AML Operations Manager
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Brendan Ring
Head of Business Development
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Richard Twohig
Project Manager
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Dr Colm Faulkner
Business Development Executive
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