David Kinahan


David Kinahan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He completed a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering (2003) at University of Limerick. He joined Stokes Institute, UL and completed a PhD in 2008 focusing on high-throughput droplet microfluidics for DNA analysis. In late 2007 David joined Stokes Bio Ltd, a spin-out from Stokes Institute, as a Senior Engineer, and was later promoted to Engineering Manager leading a team of 10 engineers. David’s primary technical duties with Stokes Bio focused on development of instrumentation, liquid handling robotics, and software architect and developer. Stokes Bio Ltd was acquired by Life Technologies for US$44m in April 2010. In January 2012 David joined DCU and has applied microfluidics to a wide range of application areas including human health (HIV diagnostics, CTC detection, CVD diagnostics, liver disease, early detection of bacterial meningitis) and point-of-use (plant pathogen detection, environmental monitoring etc). He was most recently a Group Leader within Fraunhofer Project Center at Dublin City University (FPC@DCU). His research interests/expertise include microfluidics, instrumentation and control, microfabrication and additive manufacture, and low-cost sensing.