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 birth, and how fetal movements may be used as an indicator of fetal health and function. Prior to joining Imperial College, Dr Nowlan held two postdoctoral fellowships in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and in the Centre for Genomic Research, Barcelona, Spain. In 2009, she travelled to the USA as a Fulbright scholar, and spent six months working in Boston University. Dr Nowlan obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2007, and holds a degree in Computer Engineering.
Dr Nowlan holds an ERC Starting Grant (Project #336306, MechJointMorph), and is also PI on a Project Grant from Arthritis Research UK (with co-investigator Dr Andrew Phillips, Imperial College London), and PI on a Project Grant from the Leverhulme Trust (with co-investigators Prof James Iatridis, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York and Dr Michelle Oyen, Cambridge University).