Dr Xinshan Li

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Senior Lecturer

Xinshan Li
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Dr Xinshan Li
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Dr Xinshan (Shannon) Li obtained her PhD in Bioengineering from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in 2011. Her thesis focused on the biomechanics of pelvic floor muscles during childbirth.

Xinshan joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield in 2011, working on cell-based modelling for skin inflammation in collaboration with P&G. In 2013, Xinshan joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a lecturer.

Xinshan's main research interest is in continuum modelling of the musculoskeletal system. She has extensive experience in creating computer models of bones and skeletal muscles based on medical images. These models are used in a wide range of applications from investigating children’s bone mechanics, to predicting the risk of fracture in elderly, and obstetrics and gynaecology.

Research interests
  • Biomechanics of paediatric bone in the application of child abuse
  • Risk of fracture prediction in adults using finite element approach
  • Biomechanics of the female pelvic floor muscles and the cervix


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Tartarini D, Benemerito I, Narracott A, Li X, Richmond P & Marzo A (2021) pFIRE: parallel Framework for Image REgistration. Compbiomed Conference 2021 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Anumba DOC, Gillespie S, Jha S, Abdi S, Kruger J & Li X (2017) High Pelvic Floor Muscle Stiffness Measured by Vaginal Elastometry Is a Risk Factor for Delayed Second Stage of Labour, Instrumental Vaginal Delivery and Pelvic Floor Damage. REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES, Vol. 24 (pp 124A-124A) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Watton P, Gondwe C & Li X (2016) skeletal muscle mechanics: modelling the interaction between the microstructure and the environmental mechanical envelope. Proceedings of the 7th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yan X, Kruger J, Li X, Nash M & Nielsen P (2013) MODELLING EFFECT OF BONY PELVIS ON CHILDBIRTH MECHANICS. NEUROUROLOGY AND URODYNAMICS, Vol. 32(6) (pp 531-532) RIS download Bibtex download