Dr Patrick Geoghegan

Lecturer, Biomedical EngineeringPatrick Geoghegan 001

School of Life & Health Sciences

Aston University

Birmingham, B4 7ET

Phone: +44 (0) 121 204 5452   

Email: p.geoghegan@aston.ac.uk

Room number: MB555



I Joined Aston University as a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in 2017 and have research interests in Biofluid Mechanics and forensic crime scene investigation. I specialise in experimental techniques including hot wire anemometry and image analysis techniques including Particle Image Velocimetry. I also have interests in research involving Computational Fluid Dynamics
As an Undergraduate I obtained a Masters Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland (2007). Following this I moved to New Zealand and got a PhD in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Biomedical Engineering (2013). This work used Experimental Fluid Mechanics to investigate blood flow in stenosed arteries developing an understanding of the interaction of blood flow and the arterial walls. I continued this research in a post-Doctoral capacity firstly at The Institute of Environmental Science and Research developing new techniques for blood pattern analysis in crime scene investigation. This was followed by a research position at the University of Canterbury continuing the arterial research, but also working with companies in the medical industry looking at breathing therapies used for patient care. 

  • 2018 PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • 2013 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand 2013
  • 2007 MEng in Aeronautical Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK 
  • 2018 Innovate UK – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, “Aston Optimec18”
  • 2018 National Research Foundation (South Africa) Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC)
  • 2015 IBM Research Fund, “Gone with the wind: pedestrian comfort, pollutant dispersion and infrastructure resilience in the city”
  • 2014 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (New Zealand). Smart Ideas Phase 1, “Smart Patient Simulators for Next Generation Respiratory Therapy” 

I am currently looking for students in Biofluid Mechanics, Arterial and respiratory medical device design and Forensics.

Supervision in- Progress

Co-Supervisor PhDSina Ghafoorpoor Yazdi (University of Canterbury, NZ) “In-vitro modelling of aortic arch hemodynamic for surgical implant testing”Co-Supervisor MastersIlunga Jeanmark Tshimanga (University of South Africa)“Particle Image Velocimetry measurements of blood flow in aneurysms using 3D printed flow phantoms”.

Completed Supervision

Co-Supervisor  PhD

Dr Purvi Pancholy (University of Canterbury, NZ), 2018

“Numerical Study of Flow Structure and Pedestrian Level Wind Comfort Inside Urban Street Canyons”

Dr Cletus Adams (University of Canterbury, NZ), 2017

“Effect of Nasal High Flow Therapy on Work of Breathing and CO2 Tension Using an In Vitro and Mathematical Modelling Approach”

Dr Kevin Clemens (University of Canterbury, NZ), 2017

“Aerodynamics of asymmetrical land speed record vehicles”

Dr Milad Soltanipour Lazarjan (University of Canterbury, NZ), 2015 

“Dynamic Behaviour of Brain and Surrogate Materials Under Ballistic Impact”

Co-Supervisor  Masters

Marcin Buchajczyk  (University of Canterbury, NZ), 2017

“The Effect of Compliance in the Upper Airway” 

2017 – date: Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Life and Health Sciences, Aston University

2013 – 2017 Scientific Officer, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2012 - 2013: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR): Forensic Service Centre, New Zealand

  • Fluid-structure interaction problems in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Applying optical imaging techniques to evaluate complex fluid-structure problems in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics
  • Understanding how fluid structure interactions affect cardiovascular disease to improve medical device design.
  • Evaluating the fluid dynamics in the nasal cavity to improve nasal high flow therapy.
  • Medical device development and design.
  • Viscoelastic and anisotropic materials.
  • Injury mechanics.
  • Forensic research into blood pattern analysis and biological simulant design and construction.
  • Building aerodynamics.
  • Vehicle dynamics and aerodynamics.
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)