Strategic Aim: Applying the engineering approach to understanding biological systems and supporting innovation in healthcare, creating new knowledge, solutions for biological and medical applications, and biologically-inspired solutions elsewhere in engineering.
Engineering can reveal new insights and offer new solutions in the field of biology and healthcare because the discipline has subtly different approach compared with science, mathematics and medicine. Engineers use and advance science in research, but with the emphasis on building a practical understanding and finding practical solutions. This is an intensively multidisciplinary theme, which involves engineering academics working very closely with their counterparts in biology and healthcare. This theme has matured to the point where a significant number of engineering academics have experience in bridging these different worlds, running major research grants and winning recognition for their ground-breaking work. The portfolio of research is now extensive and includes: materials, mechanics and flow in biology; sensory-motor processes, learning and memory; medical imaging; clinical solutions; and healthcare safety, systems and processes, with research groups in biomechanics, healthcare, structures for the biological sciences, machine intelligence (including medical imaging) and computational and biological learning.
The research within the theme is subdivided into three key areas:
For further particulars on each subject area, please visit their respective pages.
Dr Michael Sutcliffe is theme leader for Bioengineering.