Dr Sarah Junaid

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Design

Email: s.junaid@aston.ac.uk

Room Number: MB158B




I joined Aston University as a new lecturer in September 2014 at a very exciting time for Engineering in the UK, with industry growth and a great demand for skilled engineering and design graduates. My passion has been to bring benefit to others through engineering and education. This is fulfilled through academic excellence with expertise in modelling biomechanical systems and developing skilled conscientious engineers.

I obtained a First class honours MEng degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. I then went on to complete a PhD in shoulder implants in Imperial College London. My work was a key contribution to a successful £1 million grant application awarded to the Imperial College Biomechanics group. My research interest has led me to win funding for an independent fellowship of £46,000 at the University of Birmingham where I investigated the use of accelerometers in monitoring lower limb fractures. Before joining the Mechanical Engineering and Design group at Aston, I took up a post as a research fellow at the University of Leeds. I was working as part of a multidisciplinary team of dentists, microbiologists, engineers and academics to deliver an in-situ tooth model vital for testing dental and tissue engineering regenerative therapies.



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  • MEng with First Class Honours in Biomedical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • PhD in Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London
  • PGCert Associate Program in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham
  • Present: Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Aston University
  • Research Fellow, WELMEC Centre for Excellence in Medical Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Research Fellow, EPSRC PhD-Plus fellowship, University of Birmingham
  • Engineering Science and CDIO Modules


My focus throughout my research has been to explore the human condition under disease and investigate the means to improve medical treatments using engineering applications. To date my research projects include: studying the mechanics of shoulder implant loosening; investigating the use of accelerometers to monitor lower limb fractures; and co-designing an in-situ tooth model vital for testing dental therapies. The techniques used to investigate these clinical problems include: 

  • Bespoke rig designs and mechanical testing
  • Finite Element Modelling and Analysis (FEM & FEA)
  • MicroCT and CT imaging
  • Image and signal processing

My current areas of interests are:

  • Fracture fixation
  • Musculoskeletal lower limb damage on joint biomechanics

PhD Plus Fellowship (EPSRC), £46,000

Travel Grants:

Royal Society


Royal Academy of Engineering

IC Trust (Imperial College)

  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (CEng, MIMechE)
  • Member of the European Society of Biomechanics
  • Associate Fellow of the Higer Education Academy (AFHEA)


Note: Citation Index from Google Scholar

  1. Junaid, S, Gupta, S, Sanghavi, S, Anglin, C, Roger E, Amis, A, Hansen, U, (2010). “Failure Mechanism of the All-Polyethylene Glenoid Implant”, Journal of Biomechanics, 43, (4): 714-719. [Citation Index: 7]

  2. Chen, Q, Bismarck, A, Hansen, U, Junaid, S, Tran, MQ, Harding, SE, Ali, NN, Boccaccini, AR (2008). “Characterisation of a Soft Elastomer Poly(glycerol sebacate) Designed to Match the Mechanical Properties of Myocardial Tissue”, Biomaterials, 29, (1): 47 -57. [Citation Index: 143]
  3. Chena, Q Z, Wright, JS, Harding, S E, Junaid, S, Hansen, U, Jawad, H, Boccaccini, A R, Ali, NN. “Heart tissue engineering using a novel elastomer and ES-derived cardiac cells”, Conference of the Tissue-Engineering-and-Regenerative-Medicine-International-Society (TERMIS-EU), London, UK, 4-7 September 2007. Tissue Engineering, ANN LIEBERT INC., 13, (7): 1703-1703.
  4. Junaid, S, Sanghavi, S, Anglin, C, Bull, A, Emery, R, Amis, A & Hansen, U. “A Comparison of Glenoid Design Parameters in Total Shoulder Replacement: Do They Make a Difference?”submitted.

  5. Junaid, S, Lam, SKL, El-Gendy, R, Elson, KM, Tipper, JL, Ingham, E, Kirkham, J, Hall, RM. "Review: Animal and in Virtro Modles of the Peridontal Ligament Complex for Peridontal Disease" Submitted.