Inspirefest 2017

Dr Ellen Roche

Research fellow, NUI Galway

Having completed her PhD at Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dr Ellen Roche is currently a research fellow at NUI Galway.

Her research focuses on applying innovative technologies to the development of cardiac devices. This includes the development of novel devices to repair or augment cardiac function using disruptive approaches such as soft robotics, combination of mechanical actuation with delivery of cell therapy, and use of light-activated biodegradable adhesives.

Roche was employed in the medical device industry for more than five years as a research and development engineer, and understands the regulatory pathways to medical device commercialisation. She will be the director of her own laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from September, where she will take up a joint position between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Medical Engineering Science.

Roche has 10 patent applications and more than 40 conference/journal papers. She is the recipient of multiple accolades, including the Fulbright International Science and Technology award, the Wellcome Trust  Seed Award in Science, and an American Heart Association Predoctoral award.

Ellen is currently funded by an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Award.