Frank Walsh defended his PhD thesis, entitled “Protocols for Molecular Communication Nanonetworks” on May 7th. His supervisors were Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam and Dr. Dmitri Botvich. The external examiners for Frank’s viva were Dr. Albert Cabellos-Aparicio from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain, and Dr. David Malone from the Hamilton Institute, NUI Maynooth.
Frank is currently a lecturer at the WIT Department of Computing, Maths, and Physics. He began his Phd in 2007 as a part-time student; he had this status throughout this PhD studies. Frank’s PhD work was on developing new protocols that would enable nano-machines in a biological environment to communicate. As part of his research, he investigated the use of biological components from nature to develop communication systems, which included protocol control for calcium signaling, the use of virus as information carrier for multi-hop nanonetworks, as well as scheduling and access control for artificial neuronal networks.