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Conor Buckley

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Tel: +353 1896 2061
Twitter: @BuckleyLabTCD


Buckley graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (2001) and completed a PhD in the area of scaffolds and bone tissue engineering (2007).

In 2011, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering) at Trinity College Dublin. He is a Principal investigator (PI) in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering and a funded Investigator (FI) in the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on developing novel biomaterials and cell based strategies for tissue regeneration using minimally invasive technologies (

He is also the Director of Orthobiologics and Adjunct Assistant Prof in the Academic unit of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Course Director of the award winning MSc in Bioengineering.

Buckley founded Med3DP (, an initiative to develop medical devices for humanitarian healthcare using 3D printing technology. Buckley is a co-founding member and treasurer of European Society- Educating Students in Engineering and Medicine (ESEM) and also serves as a board member for Common European Masters in Biomedical Engineering (CEMACUBE).

In 2014 he was awarded an IRC New Foundations Scholarship and was a visiting Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, at Mount Sinai, New York, USA. He has served as reviewer for 22 leading journals in the fields of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and is an editorial board member of Frontiers- Bioengineering and Biotechnology. He was a co-chair of the 19th Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, Jan 2013 and has also served as an external grant reviewer for European agencies. He is also a scientific ambassador, education and outreach mentor for the Trinity Science Gallery which involves showcasing of research and mentoring secondary level students interested in pursuing a degree/career in engineering and science.

Buckley has previously mentored 1 postdoctoral fellow (injectable biomaterials for minimally invasive repair of the intervertebral disc), supervised 4 PhD and 20 M.Sc. (Bioengineering). His current research group consists of 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, 3 Ph.D. and 2 MSc students in the area of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering. Prof Buckley has been awarded a number of grants in the area of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as Principal Investigator (>1.26million) and as co-investigator (>3.45million) and has published 60 international peer reviewed journal articles and over 150 conference publications (h index= 25, citations=1716, May 2017). Most recently he received a Career Development Award (Intraoperative Single Stage Procedure for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration (INSPIRE)) from Science Foundation Ireland.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Reina Rodriguez F.S., Buckley C.T. and Kirby B.M., Biomechanical studies of feline ventral abdominal wall and celiotomy closure techniques., Veterinary Surgery, 47, (2), 2018, p193-203Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Almeida, H.V. and Sathy, B.N. and Dudurych, I. and Buckley, C.T. and O'Brien, F.J. and Kelly, D.J., Anisotropic Shape-Memory Alginate Scaffolds Functionalized with Either Type I or Type II Collagen for Cartilage Tissue Engineering, Tissue engineering. Part A, 23, (1-2), 2017, p55-68Journal Article, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Gilroy, D.A. and Hobbs, C. and Nicolosi, V. and Buckley, C.T. and O'Brien, F.J. and Kearney, C.J., Development of magnetically active scaffolds as intrinsically-deformable bioreactors, MRS Communications, 7, (3), 2017, p367-374Journal Article, 2017 DOI

All 154 peer-reviewed publications

Research Expertise


The overall goal of my laboratory is to develop novel biomaterial and cell based strategies to regenerate or repair damaged tissues and restore biomechanical function using minimal invasive strategies (MIS). *Intervertebral Disc, Cartilage, Nerve Tissue Engineering *Cellular Microencapsulation for Therapeutic Regeneration *Cryopreservation strategies *Biomimetics & Decellularisation of Native Tissues as Scaffold Matrices *Scaffold Fabrication Technology (Injectable Biomaterials, Bio Printing) *Strategies for Innovative Intraoperative Clinical Intervention *Bioreactor Systems and Biophysical Stimulation *3D Printing of Medical Devices


Awards and Honours

Science Foundation Ireland, Career Development Award- Principal Investigator2016

Irish Research Council (IRC) New foundations Award- Principal Investigator2014

Global Medical Discovery Series. Contribution- Principal Investigator2014

Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal- Co-Investigator2014

Best overall MSc Thesis in Bioengineering. Principal Investigator2012-2016

Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal. Co-Investigator2012

European Society of Biomechanics S.M. Perren Award. Co-Investigator2012

Science Foundation Ireland Travel Fellowship- Investigator2009