Members of the Ahearne lab attend the European Vision and Eye Research conference in Nice, France. Claire Kelly and Julia Fernandez both presented their latest research findings to interested audience. Karl Kador also presented a poster showing his work.
Sophia Masterton joins the Ahearne lab. She will be examining the role of mechanical stimuli on the behaviour of corneal epithelial cells.
Mark Ahearne appears on RTE news to discuss his research. The Ahearne Labs research was also highlighted in the Irish Independent newspaper.
Amy Lynch has paper accepted for publication in Experimental Eye Research entitled "Effect of growth factor supplementation on corneal stromal cell phenotype in vitro using serum free media"
Amy Lynch has paper accepted for publication in Tissue Engineering Part C entitled "Dextran preserves native corneal structure during decellularization"
Karl Kador, Julia Fernandez and Claire Kelly all presented their research at the 2016 Bioengineering in Ireland Conference. The meeting was held in Galway this year and was attended by researcher from all over Ireland.
Amy Lynch presented a poster at the Matrix Biology Ireland Meeting held at University College Dublin.
Julia Fernandez joins the Ahearne lab. She will be examining the influence of different biochemical signals on corneal cell behavior. In other news, Amy Lynch presented her research on corneal decellularization and chaired a session in corneal bioengineering at the European Vision and Eye Research Congress in Nice, France.
Claire Kelly joins the Ahearne lab as a PhD student. She will be examining the effect of physical cues on corneal cell behavior. In other news, Amy Lynch had a poster at the 4th TERMIS World Congress in Boston, MA.
Dr. Karl Kador joins the Ahearne lab as a research fellow from University of California, San Diego. Karl will work on developing scaffolds capable on inducing corneal regeneration.
Members of the Ahearne lab have manuscripts accepted for publication in Tissue Engineering Part C and Artificial Organs.
Anna-Klara Amler, an ERASMUS sponsored visiting student from Technische Universitat Berlin, has joined the lab for 3 months to undertake a study examining the influence of environmental conditions on corneal stromal cell behaviour.
Dr. Samantha Wilson wins poster prize at the Nottingham Eye Symposium and Research Meeting.  The research for this poster was in part carried out at the University of Nottingham by Amy Lynch and Dr Wilson as part of a COST Action (BM1302) funded Short Term Scientific Mission.
Article published in the Engineers Journal on the research being carried out in Dr Ahearnes lab. Full article can be found here 
Mark awarded ERC starting investigator grant to undertake research in corneal regeneration. A press release can be found here 
Group have paper accepted for publication in Cell Regeneration entitled "Combined influence of basal media and fibroblast growth factor on the expansion and differentiation capabilities of adipose derived stem cells". Mark also has review paper accepted for publication in Toxicology with Dr. SL Wilson and Dr A Hopkinson at University of Nottingham entitled "An overview of current techniques for ocular toxicity testing".
Three new students in the final year of their masters in engineering (MAI) at Trinity College Dublin have joined the research group to work on different projects. Aron Coyle will be developing hydrogels for corneal regeneration, Sepideh Zamani will be fabricating nanofiber corneal scaffolds and Philip Byrne will be examining the mechanical characteristics of corneal tissue.
Mark presents lectures entitled "Introduction to corneal scaffolds" and "Hydrogels for corneal regeneration" and gives a practical demonstration and training on how to manufacture collagen hydrogels at the BM1302 COST action training school held at the University of Nottingham, UK.
James submits his MSc thesis having successfully fabricated a nanofiber-hydrogel scaffold.
Amy successfully presents two posters at TERMIS-EU held in Genova, Italy.
Mark promoted to Senior Research Fellow. This title is only awarded to those leading research groups and have demonstrated a significant impact on their field of research.
Group receives funding to undertake a 4 week short-term scientific mission to Academic Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham funded by COST action BM1302 "Joining forces in corneal regeneration". The collaboration will focus on recellularization and structural analysis of decellularized corneal tissue.
James Mulhern joins the research group to work on his MSc in bioengineering project to develop nanofiber-hydrogel composites for corneal tissue engineering.
Mark has paper accepted in Interface Focus entitled "Introduction to cell-hydrogel mechanosensing" 
Mark was appointed to the management committee of COST action BM1302 (Joining forces in Corneal Regeneration Research). During their inaugural meeting in Brussels he was elected vice-chair of the “scaffold development” working group within this action.
Amy was awarded a travel grant worth €500 for best abstract in her section (Corneal and Ocular Science) at the European Vision and Eye Research Annual Conference, Nice, France. The talk was entitled "Influence of growth factors on keratocyte phenotype in serum free media".
Amy was awarded the DePuy Young Researcher Award for the best young researcher presentation at the 19th Annual Bioengineering in Ireland Conference. Her talk was entitled "Development of a decellularized scaffold for corneal tissue engineering".
Amy and Mark have a paper accepted for publication in Experimental Eye Research entitled "Strategies for developing decellularized corneal scaffolds" 
Research in the area of corneal tissue regeneration commences at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering following the award of a starting investigator grant from Science Foundation Ireland and the Marie-Curie COFUND to Dr. Mark Ahearne.