Short CV/Education and training

    First class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway

    PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Postdoctoral fellowship in bone cell biology at the Department of Orthopaedic Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York

  • 2005 – 2007
    Fixed-term lectureship in Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway

  • 2007 – 2009
    Lecturer in Mechanobiology and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics at the University of Southampton

  • 2009
    Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway

Selected publications

  • Birmingham, E., Niebur, G.L., McHugh, P.E., Shaw G., Barry F.P., McNamara, L.M. Osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells is regulated by osteocyte and osteoblast cells in a simplified bone niche. European Cells and Materials, January 2012. 23: 13-27.

  • Brennan, O., O'Brien, F.J., McNamara, L.M. Estrogen Plus Estrogen Receptor Antagonists Alter Mineral Production by Osteoblasts in vitro. Horm Metab Res 2012. 44(01): 47-53.

  • Brennan, M., Gleeson, J.P., Browne, M., O?Brien, F.J., Thurner, P.J., McNamara, L. Site Specific Increase in Heterogeneity of Trabecular Bone Tissue Mineral during Estrogen Deficiency. European Cells and Materials. 2011 May 15; 21:396-406.

  • Brennan O, Kennedy OD, Lee TC, Rackard SM, O'Brien FJ, McNamara LM. The effects of estrogen deficiency and bisphosphonate treatment on tissue mineralisation and stiffness in an ovine model of osteoporosis. J Biomech. 2011 3;44(3):386-90

  • McNamara, LM, Perspective on Postmenopausal Osteoporosis: Establishing an interdisciplinary understanding of the sequence of events from the molecular level to whole bone fractures, J R Soc Interface. 2010 Mar 6;7(44):353-72.

  • McNamara, LM, Majeska, RJ, Weinbaum, S, Friedrich, V, Schaffler, MB, Attachment of osteocyte cell processes to the bone matrix, The Anatomical Record; 2009; 292(3):355-63

  • Wang Y, McNamara LM, Schaffler MB, Weinbaum S. Strain amplification and integrin based signaling in osteocytes.J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2008; 8(4):332-4

  • Mulvihill, BM, McNamara LM, Prendergast, PJ. Loss of trabeculae in osteoporotic cancellous bone by biomechanical means, J R Soc Interface. 2008; 6; 5(27):1243-53.

  • Wang, Y, McNamara, LM, Schaffler, MB, Weinbaum, S, A Model for the Role of Integrins in Flow Induced Mechanotransduction in Osteocytes, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007; 2; 104(40):15941-6

  • McNamara, LM, Prendergast, PJ, 2007, Bone remodelling algorithms incorporating both strain and microdamage stimuli, J Biomech.; 40(6):1381-91

  • Mulvihill, BM, McNamara LM, Prendergast, PJ, The effect of patient-specific bone remodeling rates on remodelling/repair in trabecular bone, III International congress on computational bioengineering

  • Mulvihill, BM, McNamara LM, Prendergast, PJ, Increases in the elastic modulus of trabecular bone tissue leads to more rapid perforation of trabeculae in osteoporotic bone, Proceedings of the ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference

  • McNamara, LM, Lyons, CG, Ederveen, AH, Weinans, H, Price, CJ, Schaffler, MB, Prendergast, PJ, Strength of cancellous bone trabecular tissue from normal, ovarectomized and drug-treated rats over the course of ageing, BONE, 2006 Aug; 39 (2): 392 – 400

  • McNamara, LM, Van der Linden, JC, Weinans, H, Prendergast, PJ, Stress-concentrating effect of resorption lacunae in trabecular bone, Journal of Biomechanics, 2006;39(4):734-41

  • McNamara, LM, Prendergast, PJ, Schaffler, MB, Bone tissue material properties are altered during Osteoporosis, J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact, 2005; 5(4):342-3

  • McNamara, LM, Prendergast, PJ, Perforation of cancellous bone trabeculae by damage-stimulated remodelling at resorption pits: a computational analysis, European Journal of Morphology, Vol. 42, No. 1/2, 99-109, 2005

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • € 1,499,910- European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant entitled Frontier research in bone mechanobiology during normal physiology, disease and for tissue regeneration

  • € 18,794 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Short Term Travel Fellowship (STTF) (Outgoing) for a collaborative research project with Professor Ajit Yoganathan at Georgia Tech University entitled The Effect of Asymmetric Deployment on Leaflet Fatigue Durability in Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valves

  • € 19,000 Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Short Term Travel Fellowship (STTF) (Incoming) for a collaborative research project with Professor Glen Niebur at Notre Dame University entitled The Effect of Asymmetric Deployment on Leaflet Fatigue Durability in Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valves

  • € 8,500 Millennium fund grant, National University of Ireland, Galway

  • € 313,311- Health Research Board General Research Grant entitled Bone tissue mineralization process during osteoporosis, 2007-2010


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