Dr Margaret Brennan received her B.Sc. in Experimental Physics at University College Dublin, and her PhD in in the field of Nanomaterial Nonlinear Optics at the School of Physics Trinity College Dublin. On returning from a visiting fellowship at the National Laser Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra, Margaret lectured and established an interdisciplinary research team at the National University of Ireland, Galway working on nanostructure plasmonics for applications in biomedical diagnostics and printed electronics. In 2010, Margaret was appointed as a lecturer at the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University. In 2012, Margaret took the position of Chief Technology Officer at PixinBio SAS, a spin out company from the Fresnel Institute as the CNRS, Marseille in France, developing all electronic diagnostic devices. Margaret was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Department of Bioelectronics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St. Etienne, France, in 2013 where she carried out novel integration of nanophotonics with plastic bioelectronics. In 2017, Margaret joined the Materials research institute at the Athlone Institute of Technology.
Her research is centered on harnessing the power of nano-scale plasmonics for interfacing with biological systems. She have focused on developing nano-active probes that mimic and facilitate operation in tandem with the physiological environment, allowing new in situ modalities for monitoring and stimulating biological systems.
The three major strands of her research portfolio are:
1. Basic understanding of the biological interface with biofunctionalised nanostructures.
2. Development of multifaceted nano-devices for integration with biomedical polymer implants.
3. In vitro application of nano-probes to answer specific questions related to human pathology