3D bioprinting for musculoskeletal tissue engineering
Senior Research Fellow, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Dr Gráinne Cunniffe is a Senior Research Fellow at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE), Trinity College Dublin, with over 11 years’ experience in Regenerative Medicine research. She has conducted a wide range of investigations to develop biomaterial-based technologies for the repair of damaged musculoskeletal tissues. She has co-authored publications and patents on topics ranging from biofabrication and 3D bioprinting, to the use of nanoparticles and extracellular matrix (ECM) derived materials as scaffolds for regenerative medicine, in addition to exploring the incorporation of cells, drugs and gene delivery into these approaches. She has project managed numerous pre-clinical trials focused on the translation of promising products being developed within TCBE towards clinical applications. Her current grant funding aims to develop off-the-shelf, bioprinted composite implants for osteochondral regeneration, through the combination of mechanical reinforcement with biological functionality. She has published extensively and presented her findings at many international peer-reviewed conferences in the area of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.