Professor Rod Hose BSc PhD

Professor of Computational BiomechanicsD R Hose

Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease
Medical Physics Group
University of Sheffield
Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Telephone: 0114 215 9533
Fax: 0114 271 1863


After graduating in Mathematics from the University of Manchester, I joined Lucas Aerospace as a graduate apprentice engineer. From 1977 to 1992 I worked as a stress engineer and as a consultant structural analyst for several companies in the aerospace, motor vehicle and general engineering sectors. During this period I also completed my PhD in Applied Mechanics at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. I joined acadaemia in 1992 as a lecturer in Aircraft Structures at the University of Salford. I moved to Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield in 1994, where I was initially responsible for the development of undergraduate teaching in medical physics and had a primary research interest in the computational analysis of heart valve prostheses.

I am currently Professor of Computational Biomechanics in the Mathematics and Modelling in Medicine Group in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Sheffield (40% FTE) and Professor of Computational Cardiovascular Physiology in the Department of Circulation and Biomedical Engineering at NTNU in Trondhem. I was awarded Dr Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2014.

Research Interests:

My research interests are in the development of methods and workflows for the computational analysis of (primarily) cardiovascular systems, and in their translation to clinical application. I am interested in all aspects of the process, from clinical data collection and management through image processing to the building of detailed three dimensional models of the vasculature and on to determination of appropriate boundary conditions, numerical solution and data reduction. I have been intimately involved in the development of the European Commission´s Virtual Physiological Human initiative from its beginning.

Current & Recent Projects:

  • VPH-Share.
  • MD-Paedigree.
  • HICF Grant.
  • euHeart: Integrated Cardiac Care using Patient-Specific Cardiovascular Modeling. Funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme under the Information Society and Media’s Virtual Physiological Human initiative. Grant agreement 224495.
  • Translating Biomedical Modelling to the Heart of the Clinic Funded by the EPSRC under its Digital Economy programme in the Grand Challenges in IT for Healthcare initiative.
  • Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence. Funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme under the Information Society and Media’s Virtual Physiological Human initiative.
  • Collaborator with the NIHR Sheffield Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit CVBRU
  • The Virtual Tendon: a multiscale computational model of dynamic tissue remodelling. Funded by Arthritis Research Campaign
  • @neurIST: Integrated Biomedical Informatics for Management of Cerebral Aneurysms (2006-2010), Funded by the European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme by DG-Infso.
  • EurValve (
  • i4i (National Institute for Health Research, Invention for Innovation (i4i). Gunn JP, Morris PD, Hose DR, Lawford PV. ‘A prototype tool to calculate 'virtual' myocardial fractional flow reserve (vFFR) non-invasively (VIRTU-3)’. March 2017 – March 2019.


For key publications see below. For a full list of publications click here.

Journal articles