Send-off for Aurélie

Best wishes to Aurélie, who is finishing up in the group. We had a lovely send-off for her in South Kensington with lunch and ice-cream from Oddono’s! Lucky for us, Aurélie isn’t moving too far away, and will be doing some exciting research in David Labonte‘s group, also in the Department of Bioengineering.

** March 2020: Update- Aurélie was awarded a Marie Curie Skodowska fellowship to return to her native France- Congratulations Aurélie!! **

Welcome Nidal!

A warm welcome to Nidal Khatib who joined the Developmental Biomechanics group in January. Nidal will be using our mechanostimulation bioreactor system to explore mechanotransductory pathways and mechanisms acting during prenatal skeletal development. His project is a collaboration with Prof David Hoey from Trinity College Dublin, and is funded by Niamh’s ERC Starting Grant.

Homemade Kris kindle/secret Santa 2019

The group celebrated an “eco-friendly” Secret Santa this year, with homemade or edible gifts being the rule. Some very tasty treats were shared, but the best gift was definitely the “mini Kaushik” that Yuming made, complete with computer and signature water bottle. Kudos Yuming! The secret santa fun was followed by a very nice Indian meal in South Kensington. Happy Christmas from all the Nowlan group!

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World Congress of Biomechanics 2018

The entire group (including alumnus Stefaan) traveled to Dublin for the 2018 World Congress of Biomechanics in July. Between us, we presented seven talks and one poster, as listed below. Aurélie and Kaushik also presented abstracts based on their PhD projects. Niamh was Co-Chair for the ‘Emerging Areas’ Track and a Session Chair for the “Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Development” session. A particular highlight of the meeting was Stefaan giving a plenary lecture to mark the Perren Award.

Aurélie: Critical timings of fetal mobility for spine and rib development

Cristian: Frequency and duration of mechanical stimulation influence mineralisation of developing chick limbs cultured in vitro

Devi: Timing of movement is essential for cavitation and morphogenesis of the developing chick hip joint

Kaushik: Musculoskeletal forces and prenatal skeletogenesis: a murine model

Niamh: Directing cartilage growth in vitro: learning from developmental biology

Saima: Characterisation of collagen distribution in the prenatal forelimb using immunofluorescence and high-resolution microscopy

Stefaan: Biomechanical stimulation of the fetal skeleton linked to risk factors for developmental dysplasia of the hip

Vivien: Shoulder joint shape is rescued as development progresses when limb musculature is absent in the murine embryo

 

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(Image credits: Cristian Parisi, Devi Bridglal, @WCB2018, Saima Ahmed, Aurélie Levillain)