Dr Claire Conway

Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Claire Conway 001

School of Life & Health Sciences 

Aston University

Birmingham, B4 7ET


Phone: (0)121 204 4092

Email: c.conway@aston.ac.uk

Room: MB555



I joined Aston’s Biomedical Engineering Department in January of 2019 and have research interests in structural medical device design, finite element analysis, soft tissue mechanics and cardiac pathologies. Prior to joining Aston I was a contract lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway).

I graduated first in my class of Mechanical Engineering in NUI Galway in 2007. Following this I received a scholarship from the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) to carry out research in Biomedical Engineering at NUI Galway.  Her doctoral research was in the area computational biomechanics, examining coronary stent implantations. This work resulted in recommendations for the United States’ regulatory agency, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on how best to simulate a virtual medical device environment, with particular focus on coronary stents.

In 2013, I received an international fellowship as a United States Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellow in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division and in partnership with the FDA. My primary postdoctoral research examined the clinical consequences of coronary stent fracture. This project investigated medical device failure using a complementary mix of computational, bench-top and animal model techniques.
  • 2016 Kaufman Teaching Certificate, MIT, USA
  • 2013 Ph.D Biomedical Engineering, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • 2007 B.E. Mechanical Engineering, NUI Galway, Ireland

2019 – present: Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering Aston University

2017 – 2019 : Fixed-term Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering NUI Galway

2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, USA

I seek to understand role of disease structure in relation to atherosclerosis and valvular calcification. These conditions are often treated with structural implants, such as stents or prosthetic valves, and these interventions can benefit greatly from mechanics-based engineering insights. Using finite element simulations, I predict patient response to structural implants, paying particular attention to disease representation and the role of calcification in device failure. By designing sophisticated bench-top mechanical test-rigs, I assess structural implant performance, validate computational predictions, and further advance our understanding of device performance with more realistic physiological boundary condition assessment for engineering analyses.

My research interests include:

  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics
  • Medical Implant Design and Performance
  • Soft Tissue-Implant Interactions
  • Mechanical Fatigue and Damage Mechanics
  • Whole Heart Modelling

2018   MIT International Science and Technology Initiative (MISTI) grant

2013    ORISE fellowship

2007    EMBARK scholarship