Principal Investigators

Prof. Tewfik Soulimane
Principle Investigator
Prof Tewfik Soulimane’s research is concerned with understanding the structure/function relationship of selected eukaryotic and prokaryotic membrane proteins, such as respiratory complexes, ion channels and zinc transporters. His research group has broad range of multidisciplinary collaboration and contributes expertise in biochemistry, micro- and cell biology. Within the MOSAIC structure, Tewfik Soulimane’s group covers the biology and part of chemistry within the biology/physics/chemistry interface. He studied Chemical Engineering (BSc) and Bio-organic Chemistry (MSc) before graduating with PhD in 1993 in Biochemistry from the Technical University, RWTH-Aachen, Germany. From the same, he also received the Habilitation award in 2001 and moved as Senior Scientist to the Paul-Scherrer Institute (Swiss Light Source), by Zurich. Tewfik Soulimane was appointed as faculty at the Chemical Sciences Department in 2005, University of Limerick. He contributed immensely to the field of Bioenergetics by elucidating the crystal structures of the thermophilic cytochrome c oxidases ba3 and caa3. In 2012, he received research awards from the Materials and Surface Science Institute and from the president of the University of Limerick. Bibliography In the field of membrane proteins - structure and function, the PI is a worldwide‐recognized scientist. He has contributed to over 100 original papers published in high‐impact journals (2895 citations and H‐index of 29).
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Dr. Syed A.M. Tofail
Principle Investigator
Dr Syed A. M. Tofail is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Ireland and a member of the Bernal Institute of the same University. He received an M.Sc. in Engineering and a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). After receiving a Ph.D. in Physics in 2002 from the University of Limerick, Ireland, he conducted a postdoctoral fellowship on surface characterization using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular modelling. He has used first-principle design of materials and interfaces for developing piezoelectric hydroxyapatite, radiopaque NiTi alloys, antimicrobial textiles, anti-encrustation stents and drug-eluting stents. He is one of the co-inventors of super-resolution chemical imaging using infrared absorption. His research interest focuses on converging science towards innovative solutions in therapeutic devices, high resolution spectro-microscopy and imaging.
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Mr. John Mulcahy
Principle Investigator
Mr John Mulcahy is a Principal Investigator and Research Project Manager in the MOSAIC Group. As an EC Project Manager he has worked with 33 Partners from 16 countries many of whom have been SME’s, large companies and MNC’s. He has experience as the project manager on five FP7/H2020 UL coordinated projects (BioElectricSurface, DIBANET, LANIR, DEMA, IBUS) and also in partnering in EU projects (SANOWORK, SUN, ReVolv). He also worked as Project Manager for multi-million Government and Industry funded Innovation Partnership projects. As a Principal Investigator his key research areas are Automation, Recycling, and Risk.
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Dr. Christophe Silien
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