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Bioengineering academic staff

Because our courses are interdisciplinary, you'll interact with, and be taught by, expert academics from across the University of Sheffield. You'll meet staff from almost every department in the Faculty of Engineering, as well as from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Management School and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. Here are just some of the staff who play a key role in the running and teaching of the course.

Professor Stephen J Matcher, Professor of Biophotonics

Prof Steve Matcher

Role
Course Director

Teaching
Year 2: Biomedical Instrumentation
Year 3: Group Projects in Bioengineering

About
As well as heading up the course, Steve teaches a number of key modules throughout the degree. Based in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, his research focuses on the development and application of optical and infrared techniques to obtain information about the structure and function of tissue in the body.

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Dr Sean Anderson, Senior Lecturer

Dr Sean Anderson

Role
Year Tutor

Teaching
Year 2: Modelling, Analysis and Control
Year 3: Biomechatronics

About
Sean is the Year Four Tutor, providing practical advice and support for final year MEng students. His research interests include Linear, Nonlinear and Spatiotemporal System Identification, Robotics and Biomechatronics and Theoretical Neuroscience and Computational Biology. He is from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering.

Dr Frederik Claeyssens, Senior Lecturer

Dr Frederick Claeyssens

Role
Final Year Project Tutor

Teaching
Year 2: Biomaterials II
Year 3: Materials for Biological Applications

About
Fred will give you all the information you'll need when the time comes to select which Bioengineering Research Project (BEng) or Advanced Bioengineering Research Project (MEng) you'd like to undertake in your final year. He is based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and his research uses laser-based 3D printing techniques to manufacture structured biomaterials for use as implantable scaffolds to aid regeneration of tissues and organs.

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Dr Dana Damian, Lecturer

Dr Dana Damian

Role
Stream Leader, Year Tutor and Study Abroad Tutor

Teaching
Year 3: Design of Medical Devices and Implants I

About
Dana leads the Medical Devices and Systems stream. She's also Year Two Tutor and Study Abroad Tutor where she provides support and guidance to students during the second year, and to those who apply to take part in the University's Study Abroad programme. Her research resides at the intersection between soft robotics, embodied artificial intelligence and bioengineering and her work includes robotic implants, prosthetic wearables (tactile sensors and haptic devices), and plant prostheses. Dana is based in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering.

Dr Robert Falconer, Senior Lecturer

Dr Robert Falconer

Role
Stream Leader

Teaching
Year 3: Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
Year 3: Manufacturing - Process and Facility Design
Year 3: Principles in Biochemical Engineering

About
Robert is the Stream Leader for the Biomanufacturing stream. His research is on protein stability, with the aim of supporting the biopharmaceutical industry to create formulations for therapeutic proteins. He is in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Dr John Fenner, Senior Lecturer

Dr John Fenner

Role
Lecturer

Teaching
Year 1: Physics of Living Systems
Year 2: Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Year 3: Clinical Engineering and Computational Mechanics

About
A Medical Physicist by profession, John's research focusses on the optimisation of clinical treatment through radiation physics and imaging. He is based in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease in the Medical School.

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Dr Nicola Green, Research Fellow

Dr Nicola Green

Role
Year Tutor

Teaching
Year 1: Introduction to Bioengineering
Year 2: Advanced Bioengineering Topics

About
Nicola is from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In her role as Year One Tutor, she will be your key point of contact. She's here to provide both academic and pastoral support to ensure you get the most out your first year. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on tissue engineering of soft tissues, with particular emphasis upon the oeosphagus. She also has interests in developing novel imaging methods and applying established imaging techniques to the field of tissue engineering, for improved characterization of cell growth and behaviour in 3D cultures throughout the culture period.

Professor John Haycock, Professor of Bioengineering

Professor John Haycock

Role
Stream Leader

Teaching
Year 1/2: Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems I and II
Year 2/3: Cell and Molecular Biology

About
John heads up the Biomaterials Science and Tissue Engineering Stream and is from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. One of the leading figures in Bioengineering research in the UK, his research uses a materials-based approach to finding solutions for repairing nerve injuries.

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Dr Alberto Marzo, Lecturer

Dr Alberto Marzo

Role
Stream Leader and Year Tutor

About
As well as leading the Biomedical Engineering stream, Alberto is the Year Three Tutor. His research area stands at the interface between the physical and life sciences in the context of computational fluid mechanics, including state-of-the-art fluid-structure interaction, and cardiovascular biomechanics. There is also a strong emphasis on clinical interpretation and translation of engineering technologies into clinical tools. He is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Andrew Narracott, Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Narracott

Role
Lecturer

Teaching
Year 1: Physics of Living Systems
Year 2: Aspects of Medical Imaging and Technology
Year 3: Clinical Engineering and Computational Mechanics

About
Andrew is based in the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease in the Medical School. He teaches a number of Medical Physics modules on the Bioengineering course, focussing on applying numerical techniques to the study of biomedical problems, with an emphasis on clinical applications.

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Dr Gwendolen Reilly, Senior Lecturer

Dr Gwen Reilly

Role
Admissions Tutor

Teaching
Year 1: Tissue Structure and Function
Year 2: The Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System
Year 3: Research Seminars in Bioengineering

About
As Admissions Tutor, Gwen is responsible for assessing applications and making offers. You'll get to meet her if you attend one of our open days. She is from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and she takes an active role in teaching on the Bioengineering course alongside her admissions role. The two key aspects to her research are how bone cells respond to mechanical force and the engineering of bone tissue.

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