About

The McGarry research group is based at NUI Galway, Ireland. Here there is an excellent standard of research undertaken relating to Biomedical Engineering.The engineering building has state of the art laboratories and research facilities, and it provides a truly stimulating environment for higher learning.

Dr. McGarry’s research group has developed an internationally leading reputation in the field of Biomechanics, and in particular computational cell mechanics. Dr McGarry has to date supervised 11 PhD students to completion. He was the primary supervisor of six simultaneous successful PhD completions in October 2012. This achievement is an official record for NUIG. All six students completed in exactly four years (October 2008-October 2012), graduating in March 2013.

His PhD students have been awarded the following honours and awards:

• First prize in PhD student paper competition: ASME 2011 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Pa, USA. June 2011.
• Best paper/presentation: 19th Annual Symposium on Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Ca, USA. January 2011.
• Engineers Ireland Medal for Best Biomedical Engineering PhD Research in Ireland: January 2015.
• Engineers Ireland Medal for Best Biomedical Engineering PhD Research in Ireland: January 2011.
• Third prize in PhD student paper competition: ASME 2010 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Fl, USA. June 2011.
• Second Prize, PhD paper competition, World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston 2014.

Dr. McGarry is PI on three major Science Foundation Ireland research grants for Cell Contractility Modelling:

• Investigator Project 12/IP/1723, Active changes in artery structure and contractility in response to stenting;
• RFP 10/RFP/ENM2960, An experimental and computational investigation of the effect of strain rate on stress fibre remodelling, nuclear deformation and gene expression in cells;
• RFP 08/RFP/ENM1726, Development of an active biomechanical model to analyse experimentally observed cell behaviour.

This research group has published over 52 papers in leading journals in the field, and presented 85 research papers at leading international conferences in the field. Dr. McGarry has developed strong collaborations with leading international research groups, including: University of Cambridge; University of California, Santa Barbara; Georgia Institute of Technology; and Rice University.