Our biomedical engineering teaching staff undertake cross-disciplinary health research. The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading. Our staff are also part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Unit, based in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Meet the team:
Prof James Wolffsohn is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor who works closely with the Provost on academic issues related to clinical trials, learning and teaching spaces, and digital and information literacy. He was one of the first recipients of a 50th Aston Anniversary Chair and has recently been awarded the Vice-Chancellors medal. He was also Deputy Dean of the School of Life & Health Sciences (the School in which the Biomedical Engineering degree is managed in collaboration with the School of Engineering & Applied Science).
James has a health science background, achieving a first class Optometry degree from Manchester, completing his clinical pre-registration at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London and his PhD at Cardiff University. Following a clinical / research position in Australia, he was appointed by Aston University in 2000. He has strong engineering interests, with his research team designing, constructing, validating and marketing a wide range of health instrumentation.
Dr Antonio Fratini is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering and Programme Leader for the Biomedical Engineering BEng / MEng. He joined Aston University in 2014 to contribute to the development of the new Biomedical Engineering programme and team.
Antonio has a background in Electronic Engineering and he specialised in bioengineering of human musculoskeletal system in 2009 with a PhD from the University of Bologna, Italy. Antonio further developed his interests in the wider area of Health Technology Assessment, and System Dynamics with a PhD in Economics and Management of Healthcare organizations in 2016 with the University Federico II of Naples, Italy.
Antonio is a specialist in the design and development of low power electronic devices, numerical filtering, statistical analysis and pattern recognition for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems (HRV analysis, Biometrics ECG and similar).
Dr Manousos Klados is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering who joined Aston University in July 2017. His main research interests lie within the field of Neuroengineering, especially in the graph theoretical modelling of the human brain and the modulation introduced in brain networks, either by affective and/or cognitive stimuli or under pathological circumstances.
His background is in mathematics, with an MSc in Medical Informatics and a PhD in Medicine / Applied Neurosciences. Before he joined us, he worked as a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Technical University of Dresden and Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, with a focus on Computational Neurosciences and Brain Networks.
Dr Patrick Geoghegan is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering. He Joined Aston University in 2017 and has research interests in Biofluid Mechanics and forensic crime scene investigation. Patrick specializes in experimental techniques including hot wire anemometry and image analysis techniques including Particle Image Velocimetry.
Patrick obtained a Masters Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 2007. He then moved to New Zealand and got a PhD in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Biomedical Engineering (2013). He has continued his 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. Following this, Patrick worked at the University of Canterbury on arterial research, but also with companies in the medical industry looking at breathing therapies used for patient care.
Dr Tecla Bonci joined Aston University in 2016 and she is a Teaching Fellow on the Biomedical Engineering course. She has a Biomedical Engineering background (BEng and MEng at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in 2008 and 2011, respectively) and she has a joint PhD in Bioengineering from Università di Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in 2015. Before joining Aston, she had continued her research in the biomechanical area for improving the reconstruction of the skeletal movement when optical systems are used at the Università degli studi di Roma “Foro Italico” and at the Università degli studi di Sassari, Italy.
Tecla’s main research focus concerns rehabilitation protocols and increasing the resolution of human movement analysis, performed using stereophotogrammetry, addressing the principal sources of error in this context.
Dr Samir Morad is a Teaching Associate in the Biomedical Engineering group. He Joined Aston University as a Teaching Associate in 2016 and his expertise is in designing robot assisted flexible surgical intervention, 3D reconstruction and FEA analysis of human tissues.
As an undergraduate, Samir obtained a BEng in Medical Engineering from Queen Mary College/University of London (2010). Following this, he completed an MSc in Biomedical Engineering (2011) and then a PhD in Medical Robotics (2015) from Imperial College London. Before joining our group, Samir continued his research as a research fellow at Bristol Robotics Laboratory developing a novel image-guided, minimally invasive robot assisted fracture reduction surgery (RAFS).
Dr Sinziana M. Popescu is a Research Associate working for our Biomedical Engineering group in collaboration with NHS. Her focus is on the development and commercialization of medical devices at the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre (MD-TEC) based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Sinziana completed her undergraduate studies (MEng) in Automation and Control Engineering at Technical University Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2010), after which she gained an MSc in Microsystems Engineering from Newcastle University, UK (2011). Sinziana has industry experience in Six Sigma, manufacturing and project management. For her PhD (2014-2017) at Newcastle University she worked on a multi-disciplinary project on the development of nanocarbon biosensors for prostate cancer detection.
Virginia Gomez Marin is the technician within the Biomedical Engineering Group at Aston University. She has a Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Background - MD Mechanical Eng, University of Leon (2013), MD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Zaragoza (2015).
Virginia previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Ergonomics R&D Department within the Aragon Institute for Engineering Research (i3A), Zaragoza (Spain). She has experience in handling optical and inertial capture systems and she collaborated in the validation and reproducibility of a cervical mobility test to Evaluate Whiplash Syndrome.
Francesco Menduni is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the European Dry Eye Network, where he is currently developing an in-vitro animal model to evaluate novel pharmaceutical approaches to Dry Eye Disease management.
His academic background and passion is Bioengineering, at the interphase between the biology of repair and biomedical technologies. Francesco graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering at Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II. Additionally, he has been engaged in the development and distribution of high performances / low cost Biomedical Technologies over the past three years, taking active part in different non-profit organizations supporting the traditional biomedical world.