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Dr. Conor Buckley

Associate Professor (Mechanical & Manuf. Eng)

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.
  Biomaterials   Tissue Engineering
 A Bioactive Collagen-Based Conduit For Peripheral Nerve Repair
 Intraoperative Single Stage Procedure for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration (INSPIRE)
 Towards a Single Stage Procedure for Intervertebral Disc Repair using Nasal Derived Chondrocytes (NasDisc)
 Over-the-wire Drug Delivery Device
 Microencapsulation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Minimal Invasive Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc

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External Examiner- MSc Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine programme, University of Manchester Oct-2018
Advisory Board Member- Master's degree programme Biomedical Engineering University of Groningen, Netherlands. April 2018
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) panel expert. QQI is the national agency responsible for the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Dec 2016-Jan 2017
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Educating Students in Engineering and Medicine (ESEM), Co- Founding member and Treasurer 2015 2020
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) 2009 Present
European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) 2009 2020
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2009 Present
Naqvi, S.M. and Gansau, J. and Gibbons, D. and Buckley, C.T., In vitro co-culture and ex vivo organ culture assessment of primed and cryopreserved stromal cell microcapsules for intervertebral disc regeneration, European cells & materials, 37, 2019, p134-152 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Browe, D.C. and Mahon, O.R. and Díaz-Payno, P.J. and Cassidy, N. and Dudurych, I. and Dunne, A. and Buckley, C.T. and Kelly, D.J., Glyoxal cross-linking of solubilized extracellular matrix to produce highly porous, elastic, and chondro-permissive scaffolds for orthopedic tissue engineering, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research - Part A, 2019, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
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, p193-203 , Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Gansau, J. and Kelly, L. and Buckley, C.T., Influence of key processing parameters and seeding density effects of microencapsulated chondrocytes fabricated using electrohydrodynamic spraying, Biofabrication, 10, (3), 2018, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Naqvi, S.M. and Gansau, J. and Buckley, C.T., Priming and cryopreservation of microencapsulated marrow stromal cells as a strategy for intervertebral disc regeneration, Biomedical Materials (Bristol), 13, (3), 2018, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gansau, J. and Buckley, C.T., Incorporation of collagen and hyaluronic acid to enhance the bioactivity of fibrin-based hydrogels for nucleus pulposus regeneration, Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 9, (3), 2018, p43-, Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Conor T. Buckley, Judith A. Hoyland, Kengo Fujii, Abhay Pandit, James C. Iatridis, Sibylle Grad, Critical aspects and challenges for intervertebral disc repair and regeneration-Harnessing advances in tissue engineering, JOR Spine, 1, (3), 2018, pe1029 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Lachlan J. Smith, Lara Silverman, Daisuke Sakai, Christine L. Le Maitre, Robert L. Mauck, Neil R. Malhotra, Jeffrey C. Lotz, Conor T. Buckley, Advancing cell therapies for intervertebral disc regeneration from the lab to the clinic: Recommendations of the ORS spine section, JOR Spine, 1, (4), 2018, pe1036 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Vedicherla S.V., Romanazzo S., Kelly D.J., Buckley C.T.* and Moran C.J.* , Chondrocyte based Intraoperative Processing Strategies for the Biological Augmentation of a Polyurethane Meniscal Replacement, Connective Tissue Research , 59, (4), 2017, 381-392 , Notes: [* Both authors contributed equally to this study. ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Vedicherla S.V. and Buckley C.T. , In Vitro Extracellular Matrix Accumulation of Nasal and Articular Chondrocytes for Intervertebral Disc Repair, Tissue and Cell , 49, (4), 2017, p503-513 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Buckley C.T. , Cellular microencapsulation and microenvironmental challenges for intervertebral disc regeneration, AOSpine Masters Symposium-Novel and Emerging Technologies in Translational Medicine , Bern, Switzerland, 22 - 23 September , 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Buckley C.T. , Engineering solutions to regenerate-Injectable cellular microcapsules for intervertebral disc repair. Cell Matrix and Regenerative Medicince (CMRM) Seminar Series, Cell Matrix and Regenerative Medicince (CMRM) Seminar Series, Manchester University, UK, 9th June , 2017, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research and the Division of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Buckley C.T. , Cells and Injectable Biomaterials - Engineering for the Disc Microenvironment, Orthopaedic Research Society Spine Section Meeting, San Diego Convention Center, USA, March 19th, 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Buckley, C. T., Engineering Injectable Cellular Microcapsules for the Intervertebral Disc Microenvironment Niche., ORS Musculoskeletal Summer Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, July 6th-7th, 2017, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Irwin, P.P. and Buckley, C.T. , Glucose mapping of bovine intervertebral disc organ culture models. An experimental and numerical analysis. , Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, 2017, Poster, PRESENTED
Mandal, P. and Buckley, C.T., Comparison of bone marrow stem cells and nasal chondrocytes for nucleus pulposus regeneration, Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Section of Bioengineering of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, 2017, Poster, PRESENTED
Buckley C.T. , Regenerating the Intervertebral Disc- Biomaterial Strategies, Stem Cells and Microenvironmental Effects, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA, Nov , 2014, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Buckley C.T. , SCIENCE & SPORTS INJURIES- How tissue engineering will reduce the need for complex surgery?, A World of Science in Sport, Public Lecture, Global Room, Trinity College Dublin, Jul , 2014, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Buckley C.T. , Regenerative Medicine & Tissue Engineering, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering Winter Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, Dec , 2010, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Buckley C.T. , Mesenchymal Stem Cell Based Therapies for Articular Cartilage Repair, Mesenchymal Stem Cell Group Seminar Series, University of Leeds, July , 2010, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Science Foundation Ireland, Career Development Award- Principal Investigator 2016
Irish Research Council (IRC) New foundations Award- Principal Investigator 2014
Global Medical Discovery Series. Contribution- Principal Investigator 2014
Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal- Co-Investigator 2014
Best overall MSc Thesis in Bioengineering. Principal Investigator 2012-2016
Engineers Ireland Biomedical Research Medal. Co-Investigator 2012
European Society of Biomechanics S.M. Perren Award. Co-Investigator 2012
Science Foundation Ireland Travel Fellowship- Investigator 2009
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