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Full NameProfessor Martin Leahy


Organisation:National University of Ireland Galway

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Research Fields

  • cell and developmental biology/regenerative medicine
  • physiology and non-communicable disease
  • cancer/oncology
  • neuroscience and mental health
  • bioengineering/medical devices
  • epidemiology/population health research
  • Other

Other Research Fields:

Imaging (Optical Coherence Tomography, Photoacoustics, Superresolution, Stem Cell and exosome tracking, Microcirculation Imaging, Nanoparticles), Smartphone monitoring of heart rate and other vital signs

Postgrad Medical Specialties

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pathology
  • Public Health
  • Radiology

Medical Subspecialties

  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Physiology
  • Vascular Medicine

My Work

The Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) Lab uses a fundamental understanding of tissue optics and techniques including Laser Doppler, Laser Speckle, TiVi, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Photoacoustic Imaging to investigate and image tissue and the microcirculation.
We have developed techniques for structural and functional imaging of tissue to help understand many diseases. Most relevant techniques include the mapping of dynamic voxels in a static structure (cmOCT) which is mostly used for microcirculation imaging, nano-sensitive (nsOCT) and contributions to full-range and phase-sensitive OCT.
TOMI is a multidisciplinary multinational team of 14 members (4 female/10 male, currently) working on development of novel tissue and microcirculation imaging technologies. Members (pre-doctoral, postdoctoral fellows and Research associates) have backgrounds in medicine, tissue optics, optics, optical coherence tomography, biomedical engineering and electrical engineering.

Potential Projects

Apply OCT and novel algorithms to investigate stem cells and the production of exosomes
Apply OCT and novel algorithms to investigate stem cell morphology changes in vivo
Apply photoacoustics to tracking stem cells and exosomes