Dr. Patrick McGarry

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Dr. Patrick McGarry is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, a position he has held since 2006, in the Discipline of Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway.

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 53 papers in leading journals in the field, and presented over 70 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.

Additional Accomplishments

• Organiser and chair of the Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Galway, January, 2016.

• NUI Galway President’s Awards for Research Excellence: Established Researcher catagory, July 2015.

• Organiser and chair of special symposium on Medical Device and Tissue Interaction at the European Solid Mechanics Conference, Austria, July, 2012.

• Invited presentation at the 21st International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials 2011. Paper title: Analytical and computational investigation of stent coatings.

• Chairperson of the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) users committee (April 2013).

• Invited reviewer for the following journals: Biomaterials; Acta Biomaterialia; Acta Materialia; Proceedings of the Royal Society A; Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical Materials; Journal of Bionic Engineering; Biomechanics and Modelling in Mechanobiology; Medical Engineering and Physics; Clinical Biomechanics; Journal of Biomechanics; Journal of Materials: Design and Applications; Journal of Biomechancial Engineering; Journal of Applied Mechanics; PLOS1; Bulletin of Mathematical Biology; Polymers; Computational Materials Science; Annals of Biomedical Engineering; Journal of the Royal Society Interface; Biophysical Journal.

• Published 53 research papers in leading peer-reviewed journals, including: Biomaterials (Impact Factor (IF)=7.6); Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (IF=10); Acta Biomaterialia (IF=5.4); Journal of the Royal Society, Interface (IF=4.9); Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids (IF=3.4); Biomechanics and Modelling in Mechanobiology (IF=3.3).

• 70 peer-reviewed conference proceedings/abstracts at leading international conferences including: American Society of Mechanical Engineers-SBC; Biomedical Engineering Society; European Society of Biomechanics; Orthopaedic Research Society; International Conference on Plasticity; European Solid Mechanics Conference.