Niamh Nowlan, Principal Investigator
Dr Niamh Nowlan is a lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London, UK. Dr. Nowlan’s research is in the area of developmental mechanobiology, with particular focus on skeletogenesis; the study of how mechanical forces induced by prenatal movements affect bone and joint formation before birth. Prior to joining Imperial College, Dr. Nowlan held two postdoctoral fellowships in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and in the Centre for Genomic Research, Barcelona, Spain. In 2009, Dr. Nowlan travelled to the USA as a Fulbright scholar, and spent six months working in Boston University. Dr. Nowlan obtained a PhD in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2007, and holds a degree in Computer Engineering.
Vikesh Chandaria, PhD Student
Vikesh Chandaria is a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering. His current research is in the area of skeletogenesis, in particular the influence of biophysical stimuli on embryonic joint development. Before joining the Developmental Biomechanics Lab, Vikesh graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. Vikesh also completed an MRes in Biomedical Research at Imperial College London, with one of his two research projects completed in the Developmental Biomechanics Lab.
Mario Giorgi, PhD Student
Mario Giorgi is a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London, UK. The aim of his PhD project is to understand how mechanical forces influence joint shape development, especially those caused by pre-natal movement during hip joint morphogenesis. Before joining Imperial College Mario worked in the Department of Mechanics of Politecnico di Torino (Italy). From April 2009 to June 2010, Mario worked at the European Centre for Knee Research in Leuven (Belgium). Mario holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master degree in Biomedical Engineering.
Hannah Thompson, MRes Student
Hannah Thompson is completing her first of two projects in the Developmental Biomechanics Lab. The aim of her project is to discover novel information on the link between prenatal movement and Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip by using an model system of reduced embryonic movement. Hannah has recently graduated from Oxford University with an MSc in Biomedical Engineering, and also holds a bachelor degree in Medical Engineering.
Susana Ramos, MRes Student
Susana Ramos is an MRes student currently working on a five month project placed at the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London. Her project revolves upon the characterisation of the mechanical properties of prenatal musculoskeletal tissues during joint development. Before starting her MRes in Biomedical research, Susana graduated from King's College London with a BSc in Neuroscience predominantly focused on Developmental Neurobiology.
Pyry Helkkula, UROP Researcher (Summer 2013). Project title: "3D classification of joint shapes using computational methods"
Vikesh Chandaria, MRes Student (2012-2013). Project title: " The Influence Of Biophysical Stimuli On Joint Morphogenesis"
Vinayak Nambiar, MSc Student (2011-2012). Project title: "Synovial Joint Morphogenesis in Developing Animal Models"