Prof. Fergal O'Brien is Professor of Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director of Research and Head of Tissue Engineering Research Group in RCSI which is one of the largest advanced biomaterials and tissue engineering/regenerative medicine research groups in Ireland.
Following a degree in mechanical engineering and PhD in bone mechanobiology, Prof. O'Brien was a Fulbright Scholar in tissue engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Since his faculty appointment in 2003, he has published over 175 journal articles in leading peer-reviewed international journals, filed 13 patents/disclosures and supervised 30 doctoral students to completion and has a current h-index of 51 (May, 2017). He is a recipient of two prestigious European Research Council Awards. Accolades include a Fulbright Scholarship (2001), New Investigator Recognition Award by the Orthopaedic Research Society (2002), Science Foundation Ireland, President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (€1.1. million, 2004), Anatomical Society New Fellow of the Year (2014) and Fellowship of both Engineers Ireland (2013) and the European Alliance for Medical & Biological Engineering Science (2016).
Prof. O'Brien is currently a member of the World Council of Biomechanics and President of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland and has previously served as Biomaterials Topic Chair for the Orthopaedic Research Society, as an EU Council Member of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society and a member of Irish Medicines Board Advisory Committee on Medical Devices. He is also Chairman of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board of SurgaColl Technologies, a spinout company from his lab which is focussed on the design and manufacture of innovative degradable regenerative technologies. In addition he is an editorial board member of 5 journals, is a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Biomechanics and Subject Editor (Tissue Engineering) for the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. He is also Co-chair (with Prof. Daniel Kelly from TCD) of the World Congress of Biomechanics which is being held in Ireland in 2018.
He has presented over 100 invited talks including Keynotes at international conferences and symposia including the Gordon Musculoskeletal Conference, World Congress of Biomechanics, TERMIS Annual meetings, World Conference on Regenerative Medicine, International Controlled Release Society, Bone-Tec and Anatomical Society meetings. He has served as an invited reviewer for more than 100 scientific journals and as a grant reviewer and committee panelist for funding agencies worldwide.