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17 October 2019  


Sarah Johnson

Sarah receiving her NUI Travelling Studentship award from NUI Chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning at the 2016 NUI Awards Ceremony

Sarah receiving her NUI Travelling Studentship award from NUI Chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning at the 2016 NUI Awards Ceremony.

Sarah Johnson, an NUI Galway graduate, was a 2016 recipient of an NUI Travelling Studentship in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently undertaking her PhD at NUI Galway and will visit the University of Massachusetts this year on her Travelling Studentship.


"My research focusses on thrombus or blood clot material, which can be associated with a range of vascular conditions which can be life threatening or disabling. The aim of this research is to generate a better understanding of the biomechanical properties of thrombus material through detailed experimental testing. This data will be used to formulate an accurate material model for thrombus that, in turn, will also provide a powerful tool for performance analysis of current treatment devices, and for the redesign and generation of new designs that will optimise future device performance.


"Receiving an NUI Travelling Studentship
has provided me with the opportunity to spend
time on and to carry out a portion of my research
with leading experts in the area of stroke treatment,
and to avail of their significant expertise and state of the art technology. Collaboration with such an
internationally renowned center will allow me to acquire specialist technical skills and provide me
with superior knowledge on advanced
biomaterial characterisation technologies
and procedures.
"

I will be visiting the New England Center for Stroke Research at the University Of Massachusetts (UMASS) this year. The team at UMASS have significant experience with the mechanical testing of clot material. Visiting this lab and availing of their expertise in this area will have a profoundly positive impact on my research. The team there are experts in the field of stroke therapy and the centre has ongoing research in this area, which is guided by the close links the Institute has with clinicians at the nearby UMASS Medical School.

Receiving an NUI Travelling Studentship has provided me with the opportunity to spend time on and to carry out a portion of my research with leading experts in the area of stroke treatment, and to avail of their significant expertise and state of the art technology. Collaboration with such an internationally renowned center will allow me to acquire specialist technical skills and provide me with superior knowledge on advanced biomaterial characterisation technologies and procedures.

Sarah Johnson pictured with fellow 2016 NUI Travelling Studentship recipients (L-R) Hassan Ould Moctar, Paul Doody, James Millea, Aurélien Burlot, Vincent Duong

Sarah Johnson pictured with fellow 2016 NUI Travelling Studentship recipients (L-R) Hassan Ould Moctar, Paul Doody, James Millea, Aurélien Burlot, Vincent Duong.

 

I would highly recommend anyone eligible to apply for the NUI Travelling Studentship award. The process is very straight forward and the staff at NUI are extremely helpful and supportive. This award can provide an opportunity to travel to other labs in your research area, meet with experts in your field and to develop collaborative links with other research institutions.”

 

In 2018, two NUI Travelling Studentships will be offered in the Sciences.

The closing date is Friday 23 March 2018.