Daniel Kelly

Professor Daniel Kelly holds the Chair of Tissue Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. He received his BAI degree (Baccalaureus in Arte Ingeniaria, Latin for Bachelor in the Art of Engineering) from Trinity College Dublin, and then completed an MSc and a PhD in the field of Biomedical Engineering. After working in the medical device industry, he joined the School of Engineering in Trinity College as a lecturer in 2005. In 2008 he was the recipient of a Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Young Researcher Award. In 2009 he received a Fulbright Award to take a position as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Columbia University, New York. He is the recipient of three European Research Council awards (Starter grant 2010; Consolidator grant 2015; Proof of Concept grant 2017). He was elected a fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2010 and was promoted to his current chair in 2017.

Prof. Kelly leads a large multidisciplinary musculoskeletal tissue engineering group based in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. The goal of his laboratory is to understand how environmental factors regulate the fate of adult stem cells. This research underpins a more translational programme aimed at developing novel tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting strategies to regenerate damaged and diseased musculoskeletal tissues. To date he has published over 145 articles in peer-reviewed journals and secured over €15 million in research funding.
Prof Kelly is currently head of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and director of the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering. He is also the current director of the undergraduate Biomedical Engineering programme within the School of Engineering. He is also one of the founding Principal Investigators of the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) centre, where he currently leads the Biomaterials platform.

Throughout his academic career, Prof. Kelly has taught thousands of students on topics including solid mechanics, biomechanics, materials engineering and cell and tissue engineering. He has mentored 8 postdoctoral researchers and supervised 17 PhD students to completion; these lab alumni now work in industry and academia in the US, Africa, India and throughout Europe.

Prof. Kelly lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow with his wife Catherine and children Ben (11) and Sadhbh (9). In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and walking his dog along the seafront in Bray and along Mullaghmore beach.