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Biography

Having studied Mechanical Engineering for my BSc and Biomechanics in my MSc, I obtained my PhD in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary, University of London in 2012. The subject of my PhD research was the experimental investigation and mathematical modelling of the structure-function relationships in the aortic heart valve. I then took a postdoctoral research associate position at University College London (UCL) and subsequently joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer. I am currently a member of the Biomedical Engineering research group and lead the Cardiovascular Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL). My research interests centre on continuum mechanics and multi-scale modelling of soft solids including biological tissues, cardiovascular biomechanics and constitutive modelling. I am also invovled in delivering various modules on topics of Solid Mechanics and Fracture Mechanics, from L4 to L7. 

Research Interests

Multi-scale biomechanics of soft tissues

 • Experimental analysis and mathematical modelling of:

(i) Tissue-level behaviour

(ii) Micromechanics of the Extra-Cellular Matrix (ECM)

Continuum mechanics

 • Developing new hyperelastic strain energy functions for modelling nonlinear elastic finite deformations of soft solids. 

 • Developing new strain-energy functions for soft tissue modelling.

 • Modelling the rate-dependent (viscoelastic) mechanical behaviour of heart valves.

Arterial haemodynamics

 • Experimental modelling and in vitro investigation of pulsatile arterial flows in healthy and atherosclerotic arteries.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

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