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

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Stephanie Schuler, MRes Student

Stephanie Schüler is an MRes student in the Department of Bioengineering. Her research project focuses on the effect of fetal movement on disc development with focus on the involution of the notochord in the mice model. Prior to joining the Developmental Biomechanics Lab, Stephanie graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg with a BSc…

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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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Sebastião Barros, MRes Student

Sebastião Barros is an MRes student in the Department of Bioengineering. His research project revolves around the effects of fetal movement on the development of the intervertebral disc in the mouse model. Prior to joining the Development Biomechanics Lab, Sebastião graduated from Kingston University with a BSc in Biochemistry.

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Devi Bridglal, PhD Student

Devi Bridglal is an PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering. She previously completed an MRes in Bioengineering in the Developmental Biomechanics group, during which her project focussed on the effect of movement on joint morphogenesis in the chick embryo model system. Prior to joining the Developmental Mechanics Lab, Devi graduated from the University of…

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Kaushik Mukherjee, Postdoctoral researcher

Kaushik Mukherjee joined the Developmental Biomechanics group in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. His research is investigating the role of prenatal movements in joint shape development using a mechanobiological simulation of growth and morphogenesis. The project is funded by European Research Council. Prior to joining the Developmental Biomechanics Lab, Kaushik completed his undergraduate (B.Tech)…

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Cristian Parisi, Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Cristian Parisi is a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London (UK). He joined Imperial in January 2017. His research focuses on the role of mechanical forces in cartilage and bone development and joint morphogenesis. For his research he combines tissue engineering and developmental biomechanics methods using a mechanostimulation…

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