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.
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.
Pyry Helkkula, UROP Researcher
Pyry Helkkula is a second year Biomedical Engineering student at Imperial College London. He will spend this summer in the Developmental Biomechanics Lab, working on 3D classification of joint shapes using computational methods as part of the UROP scheme (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme).
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"