Saima Ahmed, Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Ahmed was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Developmental Biomechanics group from 2017 to 2020, researching the role of mechanical forces on matrix emergence and organisation in the developing skeleton and consequent effect on the material properties of the tissue. Her key contributions to the field of musculoskeletal research include proposing an effective strategy…

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Yuming Huang, PhD Graduate

Yuming Huang is a PhD Graduate, who was a PhD student in the Developmental Biomechanics group from 2017 to 2022. His research project focused on the role of mechanical loading on the cell activities underlying joint morphogenesis. Before joining the Developmental Biomechanics Group, he completed a MEng degree in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London…

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Stephanie Schuler, MRes Graduate

Stephanie Schüler was an MRes student in the Department of Bioengineering from 2018–2019. Her research project focused 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…

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Sebastião Barros, MRes Graduate

Sebastião Barros was an MRes student in the Department of Bioengineering from 2018–2019. His research project revolved 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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Nidal Khatib, Postdoctoral Researcher

Nidal Khatib was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Developmental Biomechanics Group from January 2019 until mid 2022. His research project involved 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 Engineering…

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Devi Bridglal, PhD Graduate

Devi Bridglal was a PhD student in the group from 2015 to 2019, and passed her PhD viva in February 2020. She is now pursuing a career as a medical doctor. She previously completed an MRes in Bioengineering in the Developmental Biomechanics group, during which her project focussed on the effect of movement on joint…

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Vikesh Chandaria, PhD Graduate

Vikesh Chandaria completed his PhD in 2017. His PhD thesis was entitled “Mechanical Stimulation and Morphogenesis of the Embryonic Chick Knee Joint” and his research focussed on the influence of biophysical stimuli on embryonic joint development. Vikesh is now working as a biomedical engineer in the NHS.

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Kaushik Mukherjee, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

Kaushik Mukherjee joined the Developmental Biomechanics group in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and in 2018 was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research is investigating the role of prenatal movements in joint shape development using a mechanobiological simulation of growth and morphogenesis. In 2019, Kaushik took up an Assistant Professorship at IIT…

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Cristian Parisi, Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr Cristian Parisi was a postdoctoral Research Associate in the group from January 2017 to March 2019. His project focused on the role of mechanical forces in cartilage and bone development and joint morphogenesis, combining tissue engineering and developmental biomechanics methods using a mechanostimulation bioreactor system for tissue culture. Cristian is now a Senior Scientist…

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