Dr Xinshan Li

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
F18 Pam Liversidge
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 7786
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 7890

Email: xinshan.li@sheffield.ac.uk


Dr Xinshan (Shannon) Li graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand with First Class Honours in Biomedical Engineering. She obtained her PhD in Bioengineering from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in 2011. Her thesis focused on the biomechanics of pelvic floor muscles during childbirth. In 2011, Xinshan joined the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, as a research associate to investigate cell-based modelling in a multi-disciplinary project in collaboration with P&G (USA). In 2013, Xinshan was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Li's main research interest is in continuum modelling of the human body and soft tissue mechanics, particularly with application to obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. She is also interested in modelling nonlinear hyper-elastic biological materials undergoing large deformation and the use of contact mechanics in modelling soft tissues. Her most recent work also involves modelling cellular interactions in skin as well as bone mechanics in young children.

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics of soft tissues
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Modelling of the musculoskeletal system and organ
  • Cell-based modelling

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • 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