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Heriot-Watt University
Yuhang Chen
Roles and responsibilities

 Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

  • B59EG: Mechanical Engineering and Science 7
  • B5#EM: Advanced Mechanics of Materials I
  • B5#EN: Advanced Mechanics of Materials II
  • B51DE: Engineering Design
  • B50PA/PB: 4th Year Student Project
  • MEng Group Project

Coordinator/advisor of HWU Engineering 'Headstart' and 'Brightest Watts' Programme



Dr. Chen’s research mainly spans from computational mechanics and structural optimisation to their applications in biomedical engineering such as tissue diagnostics, porous scaffolds, vascular stents, dental implants and drug delivery systems, particularly in understanding the relationships between tissue/biomaterials microarchitectures and their functionality at multiple length scales. His research is highly interdisciplinary and at the interface of engineering, materials science and biomedicine.

Some research projects currently being conducted in his group include:

  • Tissue Mechanics - From Multiscale Structures to Digital Diagnostics
  • Prostate Tissue Mechanics - Microstructural Analysis for Cancer Diagnostics
  • In Vivo Tissue Microenvironment Modelling for Regenerative Medicine
  • Modelling Tissue-Scaffold System for Bone Regeneration
  • Microstructural Design of Biodegradable Porous Tissue Scaffold

Project details can be found here.

Selected publications

•   J. Palacio-Torralba, E. Jiménez Aguilar, S. Hammer, D. W. Good, S. Alan McNeill, G. D. Stewart, R. L. Reuben and Y. Chen, Patient  Specific Modeling of Palpation-based Prostate  Cancer Diagnosis: Effects of Pelvic Cavity Anatomy and Intrabladder Pressure. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (2015). Accepted for publication

•    J. Palacio-Torralba, S. Hammer, D. W. Good, S. Alan McNeill, G. D. Stewart, R. L. Reuben and Y. Chen. Quantitative  diagnostics of soft tissue through  viscoelastic characterization using time- based instrumented palpation. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (2014).

•    Chen YH, Zhou SW and Li Q (2011). Microstructure design of tissue scaffold and its effect on tissue regeneration. Biomaterials, 32:5003-5014. [Link]

•    Chen YH, Zhou SW and Li Q (2011). Mathematical modeling of degradation for bulk-erosive polymers: applications in tissue engineering scaffold and drug delivery system. Acta Biomaterialia, 7:1140-1149. [Link]

•    Chen YH, Zhou SW, Cadman J and Li Q (2010). Design of cellular porous biomaterials for wall shear stress criterion. Biotechnology & Bioengineering, 107:737-746. (Feature ‘Spotlight’ Article) [Link]

For a completed list of Dr. Chen's publications, please go to his group website.


Dr. Yuhang Chen received his B.Eng. in Mechanics (2007) from Tongji University, China and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney (USyd) (2011). He then completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at USyd during 2011-2012 and also worked as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University, USA in 2012. Yuhang joined the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-watt University, UK as a Lecturer in Computational Mechanics since March 2012.

Yuhang now leads ‘Tissue Mechanics Lab’ group in IMPEE which currently comprises of 6 PhDs, 1 postdoc and 6 undergraduate research students.

Education and Experience

  • 2012 till now   Lecturer in Computational Mechanics     Heriot-Watt University
  • 2012              Visiting Fellow                                      Johns Hopkins University, US                 
  • 2011-2012      Postdoctoral Research Fellow                University of Sydney
  • 2011              PhD in Mechanical Engineering              University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2007              BEng in Engineering Mechanics            Tongji University
  • 2006-2007      Undergraduate Research Assistant        Tongji University, China
Further information

To see the recent research activities or apply for a PhD scholarship / Postdoc position available in my group, check group website: Tissue Mechanics Lab