Department of Engineering



The Biomechanics group is headed by Dr Michael Sutcliffe and contributes both to the Department's Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering subject areas within the Bioengineering theme.

Within the Bioengineering subject area, the group is active across a range of applications using modelling and experimental techniques to simulate cell behaviour, for example characterising cell forces and dynamics, cancer development and blood dynamics. Tissue engineering work includes development and characterisation of hydrogels and use of electro-spinning to produce micro-architectured material from a range of materials for use in bioengineering applications.

The Biomechanics group is also active in the area of Biomedical Engineering. Work on fibre-networks aims to exploit magnetic actuation to improve bone tissue growth on prosthetic implants, while biomechanics principles are used to understand the mechanical properties of arteries, placental membranes and skin.

Principal Investigators:
Shery Huang's laboratory is driven by translational bioengineering research, focusing on 3D bioprinting/biomicrofabrication and developing biomimetic organ-on-chips for high throughput drug testing.
​Alexandre Kabla
Athina Markaki
Michelle Oyen's Lab is involved with research on mechanical behavior in biological materials. Some projects have a distinct biomedical focus, with direct relevance to clinical practice, such as the long-term project examining mechanical factors in pregnancy and birth.
Thierry Savin
Michael Sutcliffe works with colleagues in a range of medical fields applying mechanics of materials methods to biological tissues (e.g. for arteries, radiotherapy, neurosurgery)