Dimitrios Zeugolis, PhD
Dimitrios Zeugolis completed his PhD at the University of Northampton in UK in 2005. Following that, Dimitrios spent 2.5 years at the National University of Singapore, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. In 2007, Dimitrios joined NUI Galway as Government of Ireland Research Fellow. Since 2008, Dimitrios is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials), Director of the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) and at the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) at NUI Galway. Since 2013, he is visiting Professor at TEI of Epirus, Greece. Dimitrios is co-founder of Matrix Biology Ireland Society and EU Council Member elect of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS). Dimitrios is also co-founder of a biomaterials firm.
His research group (a) uses bottom up and to-down approaches to build nano-textured constructs that closely imitate the properties of native extracellular matrix assemblies; (b) utilises recent advancements in scaffold functionalisation, through incorporation of biophysical cues, biological beacons and biochemical signals, to provide therapeutic interventions for the treatment of soft and hard tissue injuries; and (c) investigates how modulation of the in vitro microenvironment will facilitate either permanently differentiated cell phenotype preservation or stem cell lineage commitment and enable wide acceptance and clinical translation of cell-based therapies.
Dimitrios has authored >50 peer-reviewed articles, >200 peer-reviewed conference publications, 1 peer-reviewed book, 6 peer-reviewed book chapters and 2 patents. He is on the editorial board of >8 journals and acts as reviewer for >80 journals and >25 funding agencies. Since 2008, he has been awarded >€15 million as Principal Investigator from national and international funding agencies and direct industry contribution. His current team is comprised of 15 PhD candidates and 1 Project Manager.