Niamh Nowlan, Principal Investigator

Dr Niamh Nowlan is Reader in Developmental Biomechanics at the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London, UK. The research focus of her group is in skeletal development, with particular focus on fetal movements. There are two key research areas of interest; how mechanical forces induced by prenatal movements affect bone and joint formation before…

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Saima Ahmed, Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Ahmed is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Developmental Biomechanics group. She is working on the role of mechanical forces on matrix emergence and organisation in the developing skeleton and consequent effect on the material properties of the tissue. She is also investigating the effect of lack of mechanical forces on the collagen secretion…

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Yuming Huang, PhD Student

Yuming Huang is a PhD student, who started in the Developmental Biomechanics group in October 2017. His current research focuses on the abnormalities in foetal rib and spine development. Before joining the Developmental Biomechanics Group, he completed a MEng degree in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2017. Contact Yuming via email: yuming.huang13 AT imperial.ac.uk

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James Monsen, PhD Student

James is a PhD student who joined the group in 2018 after completing his MEng in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. His research involves producing a computational model of synovial joint development, with a focus on the chick hip joint. He hopes his model will be able to predict joint malformations under abnormal fetal development,…

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Josépha Godivier, PhD Student

Josépha Godivier joined the Developmental Biomechanics group in October 2018 as a PhD student. Her work focusses on developing a mechanobiological model for joint growth taking into account foetal movements. Josépha completed a master degree in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London and an Engineering degree at Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne in 2018.

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Nidal Khatib, Postdoctoral Researcher

Nidal Khatib joined the Developmental Biomechanics group at the Department of Bioengineering as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in January 2019. His research involves understanding the involvement of mechanotransduction pathways, including stretch-activated ion channels, in the development of prenatal cartilage and bone using a mechanostimulation bioreactor. Before joining Imperial College, Nidal completed a PhD in Biomedical…

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