Dr. Fiona Freeman (Post Doc)

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After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in NUI Galway in 2011, Fiona began her PhD in the Biomedical Engineering department in NUIG with the title “Endochondral Ossification: A new strategy for bone tissue regeneration”. The PhD work involved developing and implementing novel in vitro strategies for in vitro priming of constructs with the aim of generating the optimal format for implantation and bone formation in vivo. Fiona’s PhD focused on trying to replicate the endochondral ossification process, specifically she focused on determining the optimal format for implantation and bone formation in vivo. Fiona passed her VIVA examination in August 2015 and is due to graduate February 2016. Currently, as a postdoctoral researcher, Fiona’s research is aimed at developing an innovative methodology that relies on replicating the cellular, biochemical and mechanical environment during endochondral ossification in order to further enhance the bone regeneration potential of bone tissue engineered constructs.