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Dr Andrew Narracott

Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics Dr Andrew Narracott

Research interests

  • Fluid dynamics and solid mechanics applied to the cardiovascular system.

Key achievements

  • Sheffield Principal Investigator for the ARCH project to develop computational models of venous haemodynamics, with focus on venous valve function.
  • Sheffield Principal Investigator for MeDDiCA Marie Curie Initial Training Network, supervising PhD students in experimental and computational study of the interaction between coronary stents and the arterial wall.

How have you got to this point in your career?

"I studied for a four year physics degree here in Sheffield about twenty years ago and I was given the chance to start my research career with a PhD in medical physics, also in Sheffield. My PhD studied coronary stents, specifically the influence of the interactions between the stent and the balloon used to inflate it. Following my PhD, I completed a number of post-doctoral projects on a range of bioengineering topics, including a post at the RIKEN Institute in Tokyo. My appointment as a lecturer has allowed me to teach the topics that underpin my research, which I really enjoy, and gives me the opportunity to engage with students."

What made you decide to stay in Sheffield after your studies?

"I enjoyed being a student here, so it was an easy decision. Both the University and the city have so much to offer. I particularly like the academic environment – it’s a very productive place to work and everybody you’re collaborating with is keen to support your research and help you achieve your best."

How does your background in physics link with bioengineering?

"The route from physics to medical physics at Sheffield is well established and the link between medical physics and bioengineering is particularly strong. A good example is the INSIGNEO Institute, which links the University with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Physics is a very classical subject covering topics including mechanics and fluid dynamics, which underpin much of the research I’m working on now in the bioengineering sphere. It’s an inherently multi-disciplinary area and our bioengineering degrees reflect that. For example, I work with people from a range of backgrounds and our research group includes physicists, mathematicians and biologists. We also work closely with clinicians from the Sheffield Hospitals to ensure our research has an impact in a clinical setting."