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Niamh Nowlan, Principal Investigator

Niamh Nowlan

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.

Mario Giorgi, PhD Student

Mario Giorgi

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.

Vikesh Chandaria, MRes Student

Vikesh Chandaria

Vikesh Chandaria is a postgraduate research student in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London, UK. His current research is in the area of skeletogenesis, in particular the influence of biophysical stimuli on embryonic joint development. Before joining the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Vikesh graduated from Imperial College London with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering in 2012.


Vinayak Nambiar, MSc Student (2011-2012). Project title: "Synovial Joint Morphogenesis in Developing Animal Models"