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Expert in Computer Aided Design, Finite Element Method, Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics

Expert ID: 729624 United Kingdom

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Expert is the Director of the Medical Engineering Research Group at Anglia Ruskin University and a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. Since completing her PhD in 2001, she has been applying mechanical engineering solutions to medical problems, mainly in orthopaedics. Expert's research areas include finite element modeling and in vitro testing to investigate (1) the effects of different surgical techniques, prosthesis designs, material properties of implants and natural tissues (bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage on resulting stress in reconstructed joints and implants to predict clinical outcomes; (2) conservative knee reconstruction by high tibial osteotomy and partial meniscectomy; (3) the design, manufacture and testing of prototype design, manufacture and testing of medical devices for the treatment of venous ulcers and prevention of thermal necrosis; (4) investigation of alternative material for the prevention of pressure ulcers; and (6) gait and movement analysis.

Through the number of projects that she has undertaken, Expert has built expertise in finite element modeling, using a number of commercially-available packages (ANSYS, ABAQUS, COSMOS, COMSOL), and developing experimental protocols to validate finite element models. She has made extensive use of Materialise, a medical imaging package, to create accurate 3D models of bones and soft tissues from radiological images. These 3D models are exported to finite element packages for analysis and interpretation of results. This involves a deep understanding of (1) the property, structure and mechanics of bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament; (2) expert skills in computer-aided-design (CAD) applications; (3) the extensive application of boundary and loading conditions; (4) a deep understanding of deformation analysis, elastic property and modulus, material science, material fatigue testing, mechanical stress and strain, non linear finite element modeling, stress modeling and analysis, structural analysis for the correct interpretation of results.

Being bilingual (French and English), and having over 15 years of experience in teaching Maths, Engineering and Engineering Management, Expert is well-suited to provide e-learning and education services online. Her MBA qualification will allow her to extend her services to management-oriented services.

May 2009 (£26,000): Improved hoist design and development: Sponsor: KEEP with Nopac Healthcare.
March 2009 (£3,000): Design of improved hoist; Sponsor: I10 Innovation Voucher Scheme with Nopac Healthcare.
January 2005 (£26,000): Pressure relief characteristics of different cushions and fabric for the prevention of pressure ulcers and increased comfort; Sponsor: East of England Development Agency in collaboration with Kirton Healthcare Group Ltd.
September 2004 (£26,000): Evaluation of different fabric welding techniques for the prevention of cross contamination and material testing; Sponsor: East of England Development Agency in collaboration with Kirton Healthcare Group Ltd
July 2003 (£99, 044): Design and manufacture of a ‘back-care chair’; Sponsor: Department of Trade and Industry-funded project - Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme with Kirton Healthcare Group.
April 2009 (£3,000): Use of Radio Wave and Microwave in medical applications; Sponsor: I10 May 2009 (£3,000): Automation of specialized chair seat and back manufacturing process ; Sponsor: I10 Innovation Voucher Scheme with Contour 886. April 2009 (£300,000 + £26,000):Capital equipment for Medical Research; Sponsor: Science Research Investment Fund.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2001 Degree: PhD Subject: Bioengineering Institution: Anglia Ruskin University
Year: 2005 Degree: MBA Subject: Business Administration Institution: Anglia Ruskin University
Year: 2008 Degree: Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Subject: Education Institution: Anglia Ruskin University
Year: 1994 Degree: Masters Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Mauritius
Year: 1991 Degree: B Tech (Hons) Subject: Mechanical Engineering Institution: University of Mauritius

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2007 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director, Medical Engineering Research Group ad Senior Lecturer Department: Faculty of Science & Technology, Department of Computing & Technology Responsibilities: • Developed strategies for long-term sustainability and robust track record through key collaborations, publications, income generation and external funding. One key strategic alliance is the Hospital for Special Surgery, a top rated orthopaedic hospital in the US.
• Increased MERG’s visibility and competitiveness. Organised 6 national and international conferences to showcase MERG’s expertise and capabilities, foster strategic and complementary research collaborations with key industries and hospitals and augment MERG’s customer relationship management.
• Supervised PhD students. Led four PhD students to successful completion and currently mentoring five.
• Acted as examiner and chair of PhD viva voce and reviewer for highly rated scientific journals and funding applications to the Research Councils.
• Modules taught to undergraduate and graduate students include: ‘Research Methods’, ‘Stress and Dynamics’, ‘Advanced Computer Aided Design’, ‘Thermodynamics’, ‘Fluid Dynamics’, ‘Managing People and Finance in an Advanced Technology Business’, ‘Market Resource Development’ and ‘Strategic Management for Information Systems’.
• Undertook various management and administrative roles. Prepare teaching materials and examination papers. Acted as Pathway Leader for MSc Engineering Management, Admissions Tutor for Engineering students (2007-2008) and departmental link with Empire College (2008- 2009)
Years: 2001 to 2006 Employer: Anglia Ruskin University Title: Post Doctoral Research Fellow Department: Faculty of Science & Technology, Department of Computing & Technology Responsibilities: • Prepared grant applications. Successful funding includes £100 k (Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme) to help a medical company develop a new product line. Managed projects for several externally funded collaborative research programmes with Health Trusts and industry
• Supervised PhD students and delivered lectures to engineering students (Computer Aided Design and Design for the Environment). Disseminated research findings through journal publications and conference presentations.

2007–2009 Business Fellow, London Technology Network, London

• Developed and fostered collaboration with industry to increase MERG’s research output and to promote the expertise and facilities at Anglia Ruskin University.
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Visiting Scientist Department: Rehabilitation Department Responsibilities: • Developed research collaboration and implement knowledge transfer for increased research outcomes. Submitted joint funding applications, scientific journal papers and analysis plans. Transferred model of successful laboratory from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to MERG. Delivered a lecture series to HSS scientists on medical imaging techniques, modelling and computer simulations by finite element methods.
Years: 1994 to 1997 Employer: MacMarney Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd Title: Sales Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Designed and marketed air-conditioning and refrigeration installations. Carried out sales and marketing activities.
Years: 1994 to 1994 Employer: Dynamotors Ltd., Mauritius Title: Mechanical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Designed and marketed air-conditioning and refrigeration installations. Carried out sales and marketing activities and prepared bids for mechanical services contracts. Acted as representative for Carrier Transicold (France) trucks refrigeration units and made record sales within minimum marketing period.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2007 to Present Country / Region: USA / New York Summary: Developed research collaboration and implement knowledge transfer for increased research outcomes. Submit joint funding applications, scientific journal papers and analysis plans. Transferred model of successful laboratory from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to MERG. Delivered a lecture series to HSS scientists on medical imaging techniques, modelling and computer simulations by finite element methods. The main research outcomes are:
Publications:
Hillstrom, H.J., Song, J., Kraszewski, A., Hafer, J., Expert and R., Deland, J. In review, Foot Type Biomechanics Part 1: Structure and Function of the Asymptomatic Foot, Gait & posture, .
Expert, R., Song, J., Kraszewski, A., Hafer, J., Chow, B.S. and Hillstrom, H.J. In review, Foot Type Biomechanics Part 2: Is Structure and Anthropometrics Related to Function?, Gait & posture.
June 2011: Best podium presentation at the Joint Meditech - ARU Medical Engineering Conference. Carpanen D, Reisse F, Deri Y, Cheah K, Dowell J, Hillstrom HJ, Expert R. In: Conservative surgical treatments for osteoarthritis: An integrated computational and in vitro study. Advances and new developments in osteoarthritis / degenerative diseases - benchtop to bedside; 1 June; Chelmsford, UK. Cardiff: MediTech; 2011.
Expert, R. 2012, "Stress Distribution in the First Metartarsophalangeal Joint for Different Foot Types", CGMAS, 2012, Barcelona.
Hillstrom, H.J., Song, J., Kraszewski, A.P., Hafer, J., Expert, R., DuFour, A.B., Chow, B.S. & Deland, J. 2012, "Structure and Function of Asymptomatic Foot", Orthopaedic Research Society, USA, 4 - 7 February.
Carpanen, D., Imhauser, C., Hillstrom, H.J., walker, R.W. & Expert, R. 2011, "The Effects of Total Meniscectomy on Knee Joint Contact Stresses: A Finite Element Study", International Society of Biomechanics, Brussels, 3 - 7 July.
Reisse, F., walker, R.W., Dowell, J., Imhauser, C., Hillstrom, H.J. & Expert, R. 2011, "Predicting Improved Surgical Reconstruction Techniques for Treating Knee Osteoarthritis, Using Computer Simulation Techniques", International Society of Biomechanics, Brussels, 3-7 July.
Predicting Improved Surgical Reconstruction Techniques for Treating Knee Osteoarthritis, Using Computer Simulation Techniques", International Society of Biomechanics, Brussels, 3-7 July.
Expert, R; Imhauser, C; Koff, MF; Potter, HG; Hillstrom, H., 2011, "MRI Sequence Influences Geometrical Interpretation of Osseous Tissues", Orthopaedic Research Society, 2011, California.
Expert, R., Frey, J., Zifchock, R.A., Chow, S.B., Kraszewski, A.P., Lenhoff, M.W., Backus, S.I., Deland, J., Demp, P., Song, J. Hillstrom, H.J., 2010. "The effect of foot type of normal subjects on foot contact dynamics", 34th American Society of Biomechanics Conference, Rhode Island.
Expert, R., Song, J., Backus, S., Deland, J., Kraszewski, A., Hillstrom H.J., 2010. " Foot structure is related to foot function", 12th ESM Conference, Rhode Island.
Expert, R., Frey, J., Zifchock, R.A., Chow, S.B., Kraszewski, A.P., Lenhoff, M.W., Backus, S.I., Deland, J., Demp, P., Song, J. Hillstrom, H.J., 2010. "Does foot type affect foot contact dynamics", 2nd International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Conference, Seattle.
Expert R., Hillstrom H.J., New A.M., Imhauser C., Walker R., Cheah K., Dowell J.K. Blanc E., Mangeot S., Daré C., Mouton C., Burton A., Ait Ali S. 2009, Stress distribution in the knee joint following a high tibial osteotomy, International Society of Technology in Arthroplasty, Hawaii.

Funding:
1. June 2011 (£20,000): In vitro investigations of the effects of different surgical procedures for the repair of meniscal tear on knee contact pressures; Sponsor: Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust.
2. September 2009 (£35,000): A less invasive approach to the treatment of osteoarthritis – High Tibial Osteotomy; Sponsor: Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust.
3. April 2009 (£300,000 + £26,000):Capital equipment for Medical Research; Spon
Years: 2006 to Present Country / Region: Israel / Tel Aviv Summary: Developed collaborative research with Tel Aviv Hospital on ' Video Assisted Swallowing Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

This study explored the effectiveness of a new swallowing therapy approach for treating swallowing disturbances of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Generally, traditional swallowing therapy is used with Parkinson’s disease patients with reduced carry over to everyday life. A video assisted swallowing therapy was developed in order to improve swallowing therapy effectiveness when treating Parkinson’s disease patients with swallowing disturbances. The research addressed one major question: Is video assisted swallowing therapy a more effective swallowing intervention programme than traditional swallowing therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients with swallowing disturbances?

This research adopted a deductive paradigm in quantitative experimental double blind research design. Forty-two non-demented Parkinson’s disease patients with swallowing disturbances were divided randomly into 2 therapy groups: traditional swallowing therapy and video assisted swallowing therapy. All patients responded to several questionnaires regarding swallowing disturbances, quality of life, pleasure of eating, affective characteristics and quality of care. All patients underwent two swallowing assessments: Bed side evaluation and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing. Patients from the video assisted swallowing therapy group were provided with video feedback during all therapy sessions. The research was conducted in the year 2005-2008.

The results demonstrated a significant improvement in swallowing functions between pre to post and follow up measurements for both groups. The video assisted swallowing therapy group was able to overcome 4 swallowing pathologies significantly better than the traditional swallowing therapy group. A significant decrease in anxiety level between pre to 4 weeks post therapy was observed in both groups. The video assisted swallowing therapy group patients reported significantly greater improvement in quality of life and POE than the traditional swallowing therapy group. Video assisted swallowing therapy improved Parkinson’s disease patients’ and caregivers’ comprehension of the swallowing process more than traditional swallowing therapy. Thus, the research confirmed the hypothesis.

The research may add a new perspective of relating to swallowing disturbances as a multidimensional disorder. Thus, the research contributed to knowledge by providing insight upon a unique swallowing therapy programme that can assists clinicians when evaluating and treating swallowing disturbances of Parkinson's disease patients'.
The main research outcomes are:
3. Manor, Y., Balas, M., Giladi, N., Expert, R. and Cohen, J., 2009. Anxiety, depression and swallowing disorders in patients with parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 15(6), 453-456.

Successful completion of a PhD on Parkinson's Disease.
Years: to Present Country / Region: The Netherlands / Rinjland Hospital Summary: Expert collaborated with orthopaedic surgeons from Rinjland Hospital to carry out in vitro and in vivo investigations on the relative performances of cement plugs that are used during total hip replacements.
Kroon, M., Visser, C., Expert, R., Schuttevaer, H. and Brand, R., 2006. Performance of three gelatine-based resorbable cement plugs: results of in vitro study on 15 synthetic femurs and a prospective randomized in vivo study on 103 patients. Acta Orthopaedica, 77(6), 893-898.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES MEMBERSHIP:
1. 1998 - present: Member of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB)
2. 2003 - present: Member of the British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS)
3. 2002 - 2009: Member of ERBI (formerly Medilink East)
4. 2004 - present: Member of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)
5. 2004 - present: Member of the Health Technology Knowledge Transfer Network (HTKTN)
6. 2009 - 2010: Member of the American Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP)
7. 2009 - 2010: Member of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA)
8. 2010 - present: Member of the European Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Professional Appointments
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
Reviewer for scientific books and journals - John Wiley : Computer simulation in Bioengineering; Journal of Orthopedic Research; Journal of Biomechanics; Clinical Biomechanics; Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering; Journal of Advances in Engineering Software. Reviewer for funding applications - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Medical Research Council; Member of International Conference Committee - The annual MECAHITECH Conference
Awards / Recognition
1. June 2011: Best podium presentation at the Joint Meditech - ARU Medical Engineering Conference. Carpanen D, Reisse F, Deri Y, Cheah K, Dowell J, Hillstrom HJ, Expert R. In: Conservative surgical treatments for osteoarthritis: An integrated computational and in vitro study. Advances and new developments in osteoarthritis / degenerative diseases - benchtop to bedside; 1 June; Chelmsford, UK. Cardiff: MediTech; 2011.
2. December 2008: Medical Futures Innovations Award, winner of a Translational Research Award in the Orthopaedics Innovation Awards.
3. September 2007: Mechatronics award of Upper Austria - total hip replacements.
4. May 2006: Co-author of best paper on 3D Medical Imaging for the International Mimics Innovation Award.
5. July 2001: International Society of Computer Methods in Biomechanical Engineering travel award.
6. July 2000: International Society of Biomechanics matching dissertation award.
Medical / Professional
2009–Date Visiting Scientist, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
• Develop research collaboration and implement knowledge transfer for increased research outcomes. Submit joint funding applications, scientific journal papers and analysis plans. Transferred model of successful laboratory from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to MERG. Delivered a lecture series to HSS scientists on medical imaging techniques, modelling and computer simulations by finite element methods.

FUNDED GRANT AWARDS INCLUDE:
1. June 2011 (£20,000): In vitro investigations of the effects of different surgical procedures for the repair of meniscal tear on knee contact pressures; Sponsor: Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust.
2. December 2009 (£10,000): Research, Development and Scholarship Enhancement Competition; Sponsor: Anglia Ruskin University Vice Chancellor's award.
3. September 2009 (£60,000): Graduate Teaching Assistance for three years, PhD research in knee osteoarthritis; Sponsor: Anglia Ruskin University.
4. September 2009 (£35,000): A less invasive approach to the treatment of osteoarthritis – High Tibial Osteotomy; Sponsor: Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust.
5. April 2009 (£300,000 + £26,000):Capital equipment for Medical Research; Sponsor: Science Research Investment Fund.
6. March 2009 (£3,000): Design of improved hoist; Sponsor: I10 Innovation Voucher Scheme with Nopac Healthcare.
7. April 2009 (£3,000): Use of Radio Wave and Microwave in medical applications; Sponsor: I10 Innovation Voucher Scheme with Guidance Microwave.
8. May 2009 (£3,000): Automation of specialized chair seat and back manufacturing process ; Sponsor: I10 Innovation Voucher Scheme with Contour 886.
9. April 2009 (£10,000): Sabbatical leave to Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, development and validation of computer simulation models for the optimization of less invasive surgery for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis; Sponsor: Anglia Ruskin University.
10. May 2009 (£26,000): Improved hoist design and development: Sponsor: KEEP with Nopac Healthcare.
11. February 2009 (£2,500): Wireless application in medical engineering; Sponsor: Undergraduate Research Taster Placement, Anglia Ruskin University.
12. January 2009 (£10,000): Computer simulations in Biomechanics; Sponsor: Research Capability Fund, Anglia Ruskin University.
13. February 2008 (£19,950): The prototype manufacture of an intermittent pneumatic graduated compression boot for the treatment of venous ulcers; Sponsor: Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust.
14. June 2007 (£800): Travel grant - Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.
15. February 2007 (£14,700): Research & Development grant for project on the design and manufacture of a special boot for the treatment of leg ulcers and deep vein thrombosis Sponsor: Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust.
16. March 2007 (£5,000): Research & Development grant for the investigation of fixation techniques on the material properties of bone cement; Sponsor: Heraeus Medical.
17. September 2006 (£3,000): Travel grant for technology transfer between ARU and Instituti di Rizzoli, Bologna; Sponsor: CINECA research award.
18. April 2006 (£1,050): Travel grant; Sponsor: Royal Society.
19. March 2006 (£10, 000): Research & Development grant for project on improving fixation technique of cemented total hip replacement; Sponsor: Mid-Essex Hospitals Trust.
20. February 2006 (£500): Travel grant; Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.
21. January 2006 (£20,000): Total hip replacement; Sponsor: DePuy International research grant.
22. January 2005 (£26,000): Pressure relief characteristics of different cushions and fabric for the prevention of pressure ulcers and increased comfort; Sponsor: East of England Development Agency in collaboration with Kirton Healthcare Group Ltd.
23. September 2004 (£26,000): Evaluation of different fabric welding techniques for the prevention of cross contamination and material testing
Publications and Patents Summary
PATENT: Intelligent surgical power tool.


PUBLICATIONS:
Refereed papers in peer-reviewed journals (published)
1. Hunaiti, Z., Grimaldi, G., Goven, D., Expert, R. and Martin, L., 2010. Principles of assessment for project and research based learning. International Journal of Educational Management, 24(3), 189-203.
2. Lamvohee, J.M.S., Expert, R., Dowell, J.K., Cheah, K. and Ingle, P., 2009. Stresses in cement mantles of hip replacements: effect of femoral implant sizes, body mass index and bone quality. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 12(5), 501-510.
3. Manor, Y., Balas, M., Giladi, N., Expert, R. and Cohen, J., 2009. Anxiety, depression and swallowing disorders in patients with parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 15(6), 453-456.
4. Expert, R., Dowell, J.K., Cheah, K., Ingle, P. and Shelton, J.C., 2008. Configuration of anchorage holes affects cemented fixation of the acetabular component in total hip replacement - An in vitro study. Technology and Healthcare, 16(1), 19-30.
5. Expert, R., Dowell, J.K., Cheah, K., Ingle, P. and Shelton, J.C., 2007. Configuration of anchorage holes affects fixation of the acetabular component in cemented total hip replacement? A finite element study. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 10(6), 439-445.
6. Kroon, M., Visser, C., Expert, R., Schuttevaer, H. and Brand, R., 2006. Performance of three gelatine-based resorbable cement plugs: results of in vitro study on 15 synthetic femurs and a prospective randomized in vivo study on 103 patients. Acta Orthopaedica, 77(6), 893-898.
7. Expert, R., Ingle, P., Cheah, K., Dowell, J. and Shelton, J., 2004. Total hip replacement: results of a postal survey of current practice on the cement fixation of the acetabular cup in the UK. Hip International, 14(3), 155-162.
8. Expert, R., Ingle, P., Cheah, K., Dowell, J. and Shelton, J., 2000. Cemented fixation of the acetabular cup in total hip replacement: improving anchorage hole profile. Technology and Health Care, 8(6), 343-355.

Refereed papers in peer-reviewed journals (in review / submission)
1. Walker, R., Cheah, K., Expert, R. and Ingle, P. In review. Stress in the patella following autologous cartilage implantation. Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering.
2. Hillstrom, H.J., Song, J., Kraszewski, A., Hafer, J., Expert and R., Deland, J. In review, Foot Type Biomechanics Part 1: Structure and Function of the Asymptomatic Foot, Gait & posture, .
3. Expert, R., Song, J., Kraszewski, A., Hafer, J., Chow, B.S. and Hillstrom, H.J. In review, Foot Type Biomechanics Part 2: Is Structure and Anthropometrics Related to Function?, Gait & posture.
4. Lamvohee, J-M.S., Expert, R., Cheah and K., Dowell, J. In review. Total hip replacement: Effects of acetabular morphology, body mass index and bone quality on stresses developed in cement mantles, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering.
5. Expert, R. Lamvohee, J.M.S. and Dowell, J. In submission. Achieving uniform cement mantle of optimum thickness during orthopaedic surgery. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
6. Expert, R; Imhauser, C; Koff, MF; Potter, HG and Hillstrom, H. In submission. MRI Sequence Influences Geometrical Interpretation of Osseous Tissues.

Refereed abstracts in peer-reviewed journals
1. Expert, R. Lamvohee, J.M.S., Dowell, J. 2008, "Achieving uniform cement mantle of optimum thickness during orthopaedic surgery", Journal of Biomechanics, 41(1): 233.
2. Lamvohee, J.M.S., Expert, R., Dowell, Ingle, P. 2007, "Patients' bone morphology and bone quality affect the performance of fixation techniques in cemented total hip replacements", Journal of Biomechanics, 40( 2): 228.
3. Expert, R, 2006, "Creation of accurate 3D models of reconstructed bones and joints for evaluations of surgical fixation techniques by finite element analysis", Journal of Biomechanics

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Delivered a lecture series to HSS scientists on medical imaging techniques, modelling and computer simulations of virtual conservative surgical knee reconstruction by finite element methods.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
Reviewer for scientific books and journals - John Wiley : Computer simulation in Bioengineering; Journal of Orthopedic Research; Journal of Biomechanics; Clinical Biomechanics; Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering; Journal of Advances in Engineering Software
Reviewer for funding applications - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; Medical Research Council
Member of International Conference Committee - The annual MECAHITECH Conference
Conference Chair and organizer - the 10th Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering International Symposium - special session on '3D Motion Analysis, Imaging and Computational Biomechanics for the Evaluation, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Osteoarthritis', April 2012, Berlin; The 2nd Faculty of Science & Technology Research Conference, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), June 2012; the joint Meditech / MERG / HealthTech and Medicines KTN meeting on 'Advances and New Developments in Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Diseases - Benchtop to Bedside', ARU, June 2011; the Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network, Orthopaedics Special Interest Group –Anglia Ruskin University, September 2006; the 8th Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering International Symposium - mini-symposium on ‘computational methods in surgical fixation techniques’, Porto, 2008; the bi-ennial ARU Medical Engineering Research conferences to promote strategic and fruitful collaboration with industries & hospitals, ARU, 2003 - present; the 'Women Into Science and Engineering' three-day workshop, ARU, 2002-04.
Chair of sessions at international conferences (International Symposium of the Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering; International Congress in Biological and Medical Engineering; Co-moderator for the European Society of Biomechanics electronic forum; Elected delegate for the Biomechanics European Laboratory by European peers)

PHD SUPERVISION AND MENTORSHIP: 1. Expert Steeve Lamvohee (graduated in 2006): Fixation of the acetabular component in total hip replacement 2. Expert Rob Walker (graduated in 2007): Autologous cartilage transplant 3. Expert Yan Yang (graduated in 2008): Medical image registration 4. Expert Yael Manor (graduated in 2009): Video feedback swallowing therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease 5. Mr David Wickett (awaiting viva): Biomechanics of reclined posture in new product development 6. Mr John Prionidis (Started in 2008): An intermittent graduated pneumatic compression boot for the treatment of venous ulcers 7. Mr Yazan Deri (started in 2009): Effect of knee damage on knee contact stresses 8. Mr Dilen Carpanen (Started in 2010): Computational modeling of soft tissues in the knee joint 9. Miss Franziska Reisse (Started in 2010): computer simulation of knee contact stresses following realignment surgery

POSTDOCTORAL MENTORSHIP: 1. Expert Steeve Lamvohee: Achieving uniform cement mantle of optimum thickness during orthopaedic surgery; associated company: Heraeus Medical. 2. Expert Vinu Palissery: Evaluation of cushion performance of healthcare chairs; associated company: Kirton Healthcare Group. 3. Expert Roger Mahadeo: Evaluation of different fabric welding techniques for the prevention of cross contamination and material testing; associated company: Kirton Healthcare Group. 4. Mr Peter Cox: Improved design and development of hoist; associated company: Nopac Healthcare.

Modules developed and taught to undergraduate and graduate students include: Research Methods; Stress and Dynamics; Advanced Computer Aided Design; Finite element Method; Thermodynamics; Fluid Dynamics; Managing People and Finance in an Advance.
Vendor Selection
In her capacity as Director of the Medical Engineering Research Group, Expert designed and liaised with all the stakeholders (manufacturers, suppliers, hospitals, Director of the Postgraduate Medical Institute, Hospital for Special Surgery) to co-ordinate and ensure the successful completion and commissioning of a new Biomechanics laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment in movement analysis to advance research in osteoarthritis.

As a mechanical engineer for air conditioning and refrigeration companies, Expert designed and marketed air-conditioning and refrigeration installations, carried out sales and marketing activities and prepared bids for mechanical services contracts. She acted as a representative for Carrier Transicold (France) trucks refrigeration units and made record sales within only 6 months of employment.
Marketing Experience
During her time at MacMarney Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Ltd, Suffolk (1994 - 1997 and Dynamotors Ltd., Mauritius (1994), Expert designed and marketed air-conditioning and refrigeration installations. She carried out sales and marketing activities and prepared bids for mechanical services contracts. She acted as representative for Carrier Transicold (France) trucks refrigeration units and made record sales within minimum marketing period.

She has acted as a business fellow for the London Technology Network from 2007 to 2009. During this time, she developed and fostered collaboration with industry to increase the research output of the Medical Engineering Research Group and to promote the expertise and facilities at Anglia Ruskin University.
Other Relevant Experience
RESEARCH PROJECTS MANAGED:
1. Computer simulation of the influence of foot structure on stress distribution on the first metatarsophalangeal joint. 2. Partial Meniscectomy - An integrated computer simulation and in vitro study. 3. Lower limb realignment surgery - An integrated computer simulation, in vitro and in vivo approach. 4. Computer simulation of treating knee osteoarthritis by finite element method. 5. Design and development of a medical device for the treatment and prevention of venous ulcers. 6. A novel approach for achieving a uniform cement mantle thickness during orthopaedic surgery. 7. Improving long-term stability of cemented total hip replacement. 8. Biomechanics of seating posture 9. Intensive visual feedback training for the treatment of swallowing disturbances for patients with Parkinson’s disease. 10. An in-vitro comparative study of the performance of different commercially available intramedullary femoral plugs during total hip replacement

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Fluent
HIndi Basic

Fields of Expertise

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