Professor Claire Brockett

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor of Biomechanics

Claire Brockett
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Professor Claire Brockett
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine, Room F14
Pam Liversidge Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Claire Brockett joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as Professor of Biomechanics in2022. Her first degree was in Medical Engineering, and she has a PhD in Biotribology from the University of Leeds.

Post-doc roles at Leeds covered pre-clinical wear testing of hip and knee replacement, exploring different material combinations. A university fellowship enabled Claire to develop a new research area focused on bioengineering of the foot and ankle introducing new industrial and clinical collaborations to bring together tribological studies of natural tissue and total ankle replacement, mechanical studies of ligaments and repair materials, and biomechanical studies of patients with ankle replacement and fusion. An EPSRC discipline hopping grant in 2019 also allowed Claire to spend time with clinicians and patients, and develop some skills in qualitative data and thematic analysis.

Claire is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has been involved in public engagement activities throughout her career, also gaining a PGCert in Practical Science Communication.

Research interests
  • Biomechanics of the foot and ankle in healthy and disease states
  • Characterisation of natural tissues including cartilage, ligament and bone, and investigation of viable repair materials
  • Changes in bone and cartilage properties with ageing, degeneration and haemophilia
  • Biomechanics and tribology of diabetic foot ulcer formation

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Brockett CL, Jennings LM & Fisher J (2013) Wear of PEEK and CFR-PEEK against metallic counterfaces under different contact pressure conditions. 5th World Tribology Congress, WTC 2013, Vol. 1 (pp 421-423) RIS download Bibtex download



Teaching activities

BIE6436 – Human Movement Biomechanics

Professional activities and memberships
  • Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member of the British Orthopaedic Research Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society and British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • Editorial board: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
  • Member of ISO sub-committees for Bone and Joint Replacement, and the wear working group