Researchers at UCD


Katey McKayed

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Biology & Environment Science

Tel: +353 1 716


2012 - Present: Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Level 1), School of Biology and Environmental Science, UCD.

2008 - 2012: PhD in Bioengineering, Trinity College Dublin

2004 - 2008: Natural Sciences Mod. Physiology BA (Hons), Trinity College Dublin

Research Interests:

Mechanobiology, mechanotransduction, cytoskeletal and focal adhesion dynamics



Book Chapters

McKayed, K.K., Prendergast, P.J., Campbell, V.A. and Gowran, A. (2012) 'Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Role of Mechanical Strain in Promoting Apoptosis and Differentiation' In: Hayat, M.A (eds). Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells,Volume 3. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. , pp.199-206 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Gowran, A., McKayed, K.K., Kanichai, M., White, C., Hammadi, N. and Campbell, V.A.; (2010) 'Tissue Engineering of Cartilage; Can Cannabinoids Help?' Pharmaceuticals 3 :2970-2985. [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests are focused around the mechanoresponse of cells to their environment. Specifically, I am interested in how the cytoskeleton responds and adapts to novel biomaterial surfaces and how the functionality of the cell is affected in terms of cell adherence, morphology, motility and toxicity. RNA interference, advanced light microscopy, high content screening (HCS) and cell-based assays will be used to identify critical cytoskeletal proteins and analysed using the Columbus analysis software.