Dr Conor O’Mahony
Dr Conor O’Mahony is a Senior Research Scientist with the Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland, and an Adjunct Professor at Chongqing Technology and Business University, China. His team is focussed on the development of Micro Transdermal Interface Platforms (MicroTIPs) – high-value, wearable systems that combine transdermal delivery, diagnostics, self-awareness and communications capabilities. These ‘smart patches’ interact with the outermost skin layers in a minimally invasive manner, and will blur the lines between implantable medtech and the current generation of wearable electronics. Major projects currently underway by the team include the development of microneedle-based devices, smart drug delivery systems, intelligent wound monitoring hardware, and wearable diagnostic technologies. These projects form part of Tyndall’s ICT for Health strategy, following a technology roadmap towards the development of multifunctional ‘smart patches’ for theranostic applications.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, has published over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles, and has filed eleven patent applications in the field of MEMS and micromachining. Dr O’Mahony has chaired two international conferences in Cork, and was a member of the School of Pharmacy/Tyndall team which received the inaugural University College Cork Research Team of the Year Award 2012.