Department of Engineering

Biomechanics

Biomechanics

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.