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Robert graduated with a BSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science from Dublin City University in 2014. He then joined the Heise group at RCSI as a PhD student in 2014 working on 3D printable polypeptide hydrogels. During his PhD, he spent time abroad in the groups of Professor Marc in het Panhuis at the University of Wollongong and Professor Ali Khademhosseini at the University of California Los Angeles working on hydrogel fabrication and 3D printing. In 2019 Robert won a Global Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions individual fellowship and joined the group of Professor Craig Hawker in UC Santa Barbara working on advanced polymer printing technologies. In 2021 Robert will return to RCSI to complete his fellowship.

Department of Chemistry, RCSI, 123 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland



​Development of a nanomedicine-loaded hydrogel for sustained delivery of an angiogenic growth factor to the ischaemic myocardium, J O’Dwyer, R Murphy, EB Dolan, L Kovarova, M Pravda, V Velebny, A Heise, GP Duffy, SA Cryan, Drug delivery and translational research, 1-15, 2019.


Transfection of autologous host cells in vivo using gene activated collagen scaffolds incorporating star-polypeptides, DP Walsh, RM Raftery, IM Castaño, R Murphy, B Cavanagh, A Heise, Journal of Controlled Release, 304, 191-203, 2019.


P023 Development of an anti-inflammatory star-polypeptide microRNA delivery system with therapeutic applications in cystic fibrosis, R Gaul, R Murphy, AP McCloskey, C De Santi, JM Ramsey, A Heise, CM Greene, SA Cryan, Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, 18, S63, 2019.


Gelating polypeptide matrices based on the difunctional N‐carboxyanhydride diaminopimelic acid cross‐linker, RD Murphy, E Bobbi, FCS de Oliveira, SA Cryan, A Heise, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 57, 1209-1215, 2019.

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