Bioengineering academic staff

An interdisciplinary team with a wealth of experience in teaching and research.

Bioengineering academic staff

Our courses are interdisciplinary which means that you'll be taught by academic experts from across the Faculty of Engineering, but also fellow lecturers from within the University. This includes academics from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Management School, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, 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
Lecturer

Teaching
Year 2: Biomedical Instrumentation

About
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
Lecturer

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

About
Sean's 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, Course Director

Dr Frederick Claeyssens

Role
Course Director

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
Lecturer

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
Lecturer

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, Senior Lecturer & Admissions Tutor

Dr Nicola Green

Role
Senior Lecturer, Admissions Tutor

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

About
As Admissions Tutor, Nicola 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. 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
Lecturer

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
Year 3 & 4 Tutor, Final Year Project 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
Senior Lecturer

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

About
Gwen is from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and she takes an active role in teaching on the Bioengineering course. 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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Dr Viktor Fedun, Senior Lecturer


Role
Senior Lecturer

Teaching
Year 1: Systems Engineering Mathematics

About
Viktor is from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. He is involved with the highly successful SunrIde and SunbYte projects.

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Dr J Anthony Rossiter, Reader

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Role
Reader

Teaching
Year 1: Modelling, Analysis and Control

About
Anthony is the Progamme Leader for MEng Engineering and a Reader from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. 

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Professor Mahdi Mahfouf, Head of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory

Professor Mahdi MahfoufRole
Head of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory

Teaching
Year 1: Introduction to Electric and Electronic Circuits

About
Mahdi is from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and holds a Personal Chair in Intelligent Systems Engineering. He has been active in research on modelling, control and optimisation for more than 29 years with more than 300 publications, half of these being journal papers. His research expertise lies in modelling uncertainties of large-scale nonlinear systems while reconciling accuracy and transparency and developing new algorithms for multi-criteria decision-making for convex/non-convex problems with an emphasis on economic and societal impact. This is invaluable to the proposed project in identifying unstable regions during aircraft ground maneuvering. He has received several paper prizes and research awards for building successful synergies between systems and control engineering principles and life sciences as well as industrial systems.

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Dr Hua-Liang Wei, Senior Lecturer

Dr Hua-Liang WeiRole
Senior Lecturer

Teaching
Year 2: Mathematics and Data Modelling

About
Dr Hua-Liang is a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. He is the head of two labs; Dynamical Modelling, Data Mining and Decision Making (3DM) and Digital Medicine & Computational Neuroscience (DMCN). Research interests for Hua-Liang include Identification and modelling for complex nonlinear systems, Bioscience signal processing and data modelling, Forecasting and analysis of complex stochastic dynamical processes, New concepts and methodologies developments for the identification and analysis of nonlinear complex systems and Applications and developments of signal processing, system identification and data modelling to control engineering, bioengineering, neuroscience, systems biology, environments, space weather and other emerging areas.

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Dr Jagroop Pandhal, Senior Lecturer

Role
Senior Lecturer

Teaching
Year1: Engineering with Living Systems I

About
Dr Jagroop is a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research interests include Environmental proteomics, Metaproteomics, Metabolic Engineering, Ecological Engineering (synthetic ecology), Biomanufacturing and Ecosystems Services (industrial ecology).

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Professor John Harding, Professor of Materials Simulation

Prof J Harding

Role
Lecturer, Professor of Materials Simulation

Teaching
Year 1: Biomaterials 1

About
Professor John Harding is an academic from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include material compositions, especially of crystals, but also Nanomaterials and nanoengineering, Computer modelling and simulation and Ceramics and Composites Laboratory.

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Dr Mark Hepple, Reader

Dr Mark Hepple

Role
Reader

Teaching
Year 2: Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

About
Mark Hepple is a Reader in Computer Science. He studied Psychology at Sheffield University (BSc, 1986), and Cognitive Science at Edinburgh University (MSc, 1987; PhD, 1990). Thereafter, he was a Research Associate at Cambridge University (1990-92), and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (1992-93). He joined the Department of Computer Science at Sheffield University in 1993, as a Lecturer, and as a member of the Natural Language Processing group.

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Dr Inna M. Gitman, Lecturer

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Role
Lecturer

Teaching
Year 2: Materials Under Stress

About
Dr Inna Gitman graduated from Perm State Technical University (Russia) in 2002; where she studied Mathematical Modelling of Systems and Processes. She was awarded her PhD in Civil Engineering from the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2006. The topic was representative volume and multi-scale modelling in quasi-brittle materials. After several postdoctoral jobs (on stochastic characterisation and reliability of saturated soils at the University of Manchester and finite elements for gradient elasticity and computational multi-scale modelling of mechanical stimulation of bone at the University of Sheffield) Dr Gitman joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a lecturer in 2009.

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Dr Lee Ford, Senior Lecturer

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Role
Lecturer

Teaching
Year 2: Communication Electronics

About
Dr Lee Ford is an academic from Electronic and Electrical Engineering, receiving his BEng degree and PhD degrees from the University of Sheffield in 1998 and 2003 respectively. Following a research position at BAE SYSTEMS (Stealth materials), between 2001 and 2005, Lee became a lecturer in communications and is currently a senior lecturer since 2012. Lee is a senior member of the IEEE with his research interests focusing on antennas and metamaterials for a range of applications.

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Dr Pete Mylon, University Teacher and Academic Lead for iForge

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Role
Lecturer and Lab Lead

Teaching
Year 2: Design and Manufacturing

About
Dr Pete Mylon is an academic from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Having started as a teacher of Dynamics labs and academic liaison for Advanced Manufacturing, Pete developed the design and build curriculum, introducing new courses in manufacturing, sketching and CAD. Alongside a team of students, Pete founded the iForge makerspace in The Diamond, the first truly student-led makerspace in the UK.

Dr Adam Beagles, Lecturer

Adam Beagles

Role
Lecturer

Teaching
Year 2: Design Skills

About
Adam Beagles was appointed as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Rail) in 2015. His first degree in 1981 was in Mathematics with Physics from Durham University. Following this he moved to Brunel University where he took an MSc in Numerical Analysis, was awarded a PhD for work in theoretical finite element analysis and undertook post-doctoral work on fracture mechanics. He moved to Sheffield in 1989 to work in R&D in the steel industry. He was promoted to lead the department that supplied engineering analysis, training, and standards to a company employing about a thousand engineers.

After working as a self-employed consultant and lecturing in Project Management at Sheffield Hallam University he joined the railway industry in 2000; working for the company that had been British Rail Research. While there he made significant contributions to the study and prediction of rolling contact fatigue and studied many aspects of vehicle crashworthiness, and axle inspection periodicity. He also worked on applications of probabilistic fracture mechanics to the inter-granular fracture of irradiated stainless steel using EBSD data (for two EU FP7 research projects). He joined Sheffield University in 2011 to work on an EU FP7 project on sustainable freight railways, studying mainly track components.

Adam is a member of the MERail research group and the Leonardo Tribology Centre.

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Dr Vanessa Hearnden, Lecturer

Vanessa Hearnden

Role
Lecturer in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Teaching
Year 2: Biology and Chemistry of Living Systems II
Year 3: Scientific Writing

About
Vanessa Hearnden joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2015 as Lecturer in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Vanessa’s undergraduate degree was in Biomedical Science; she then obtained her PhD in Tissue Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2011. Dr Hearnden previously worked as a post doc in the Medical School and School of Clinical Dentistry where she gained experience of both lab based studies and clinical research. Dr Hearnden is currently chair of the White Rose Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group (BiTEG) and on the committee for the Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (TCES).

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Dr Esther Karunakaran, Lecturer

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Role
Year 1 & 2 Tutor, Study Abroad Tutor

Teaching
Year 4: Synthetic Biology

About
Esther obtained a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology with distinction from Bharathiyar University in India before going on to complete an MSc in Molecular Genetics from the University of Leicester. Esther then came to the University of Sheffield gaining a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering. In May 2017, Esther took up the position of Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and her research interests revolve around the investigation and application of biofilms in bio-processing. Esther is also the co-director of the Innovate UK funded research facility, SCARAB: Sheffield Collaboratorium for Antimicrobial Resistance and Biofilms. 

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 Dr Mahnaz Arvaneh, Lecturer

MArvanehRole
Bioengineering Admissions Tutor, Lecturer

Teaching
Year 3: Design of Medical Devices and Implants I

About
Mahnaz received her undergraduate degree in Control Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, later gaining the M.Sc. degree in Control Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (2007). She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore in 2013. She later moved to University College Dublin working as a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering.  From 2014 to 2015, Mahnaz worked as a research fellow in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. Mahnaz joined the University of Sheffield in September 2015 as a Lecturer in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. She is an honorary research fellow in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience.

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Dr Andrzej F Nowakowski, Employability Lead & Lecturer

Dr Andrzej NowakowskiRole
Employability Lead, Lecturer

Teaching
Year 2: Aerodynamic Design
Year 3: Fundamental Biomechanics

About
Andrew's research interests are in the area of aerodynamics, multi-component and multi-phase flows. In all these categories, the work aims to construct the algorithms for determining approximate solutions of relevant flow problems. Then, numerical methods are analysed and computer codes implementing the algorithms are developed, first for the purpose of showing the efficacy of the discretization methods and ultimately, to solve problems of practical interest.

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