Biomedical Engineering Research Theme

This research theme focuses on highly interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research at the interface between mechanical engineering, material science and bioengineering. We bring together our expertise in micromechanics, tissue engineering, computational mechanics, micro/nano manufacturing, thermo-fluid mechanics and digital design and manufacture to address the challenges in biomedical engineering including cancer diagnostics, tissue mechanics, tissue engineering and characterisation.

Research Funding

Much of our research is funded by EPSRC, in collaboration with physicists and clinicians both nationally and internationally. Examples of our completed or ongoing projects include:

• E-finger: an in vivo tactile diagnostic device with microscale resolution

• A novel diagnostic tool: from structural health monitoring to tissue quality prediction

• Identifying problem sensitivity in soldering procedures using haptics through knowledge capture and pyscho-physiological analysis

PhD Projects We Offer

We offer a wide range of PhD projects in the field of biomedical engineering. As a key component in the research theme, our PhD students have been working on such projects as:

• Multi-scale tactile sensing for prostate cancer diagnostics

• Assessing the quality of biological tissues and gelatine phantoms using multi-scale structure-property relationships

• Development of microcantilever sensors for cell studies

• Thermal/cold spray and splat morphologies – applications in precision component manufacture, corrosion protection and wear control for biomedical devices.

• Signal processing in knowledge engineering, brain-computer interface, neurometrics and neuro-pyscho-physiological logging

• In Vivo modelling of tissue-scaffold system for regenerative tissue engineering

• Tissue mechanics: structural pathology