I am an Associate Professor in Healthcare Technologies, in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. In my academic role, I’m passionate about using engineering science to address challenges in healthcare, and helping inspire the next generation of engineers to the same. I lead the Surgical Technologies research group, working closely with multidisciplinary teams encompassing researchers, clinicians and patients, bringing my own technical expertise in mechatronics and robotics.
Community: I believe in supporting and growing the medical engineering community. I serve as engineering representative to the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Surgical MedTech Cooperative where I work closely with healthcare professionals and industry partners on the development of medical devices. I am a board member of the IMechE Biomedical Engineering Division (BmED) where I coordinate the two-yearly IMechE ‘Incontinence: Engineering Challenge’ conference and the regional Leeds BmED centre.
My career has been shaped by a medical engineering PhD in which I developed the control system for a stroke rehabilitation robot. Working with an inspiring group of engineers, healthcare professionals and patients to develop and evaluate the iPAM system founded my passion for working in healthcare technologies. I was subsequently awarded a ‘Senior Translational Research Fellowship’ in Surgical Technologies in 2010, working to develop our multidisciplinary research group. I then progressed to my current academic role in 2015 where I have worked to develop my research and link this with my teaching and professional responsibilities.