Dr Junning Chen
Telephone: 01392 722162
Extension: (Streatham) 2162
Dr. Junning Chen is a lecturer in Biomechanics, with primary research interests in investigating pathological soft tissue and cellular biomechanics and developing novel biomaterials for associated orthopaedic and dental applications. His research approach is to combine multiscale bio-tissue imaging techniques (e.g. microCT, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Synchrotron x-ray Scattering, AFM, etc.) and numerical techniques (e.g. reserve engineering modelling, finite element analysis, scripting, etc.), to explore the effects of mechanical factors on microscopic tissue response and nanoscopic cellular and extracellular matrix responses under healthy, pathological and clinically treated conditions. The knowledge gained from this combined ex-vivo and in-silico approaches will be further applied in developing new biomaterial/structure through morphological optimisation, advanced prototyping (CAD-CAM and 3D printing) and in-vivo evaluation. Currently, the ongoing projects include 1) microstructural assessment of hip impingement and its biomechanical implications and 2) interface biomechanics at the calvarial sutures in skull.
After graduating with 1st class honours degree and discipline merit in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sydney in Australia, Junning worked in ResMed Pty Ltd, the world-leading company on non-invasive treatment for sleep apnoea, for a year before starting his PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
His PhD study was supported by the Commonwealth Government of Australia through Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University of Sydney through University Postgraduate Award (UPA) for four years. At the last year of his study, he was awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for Academic Merit. Through his PhD, 11 full-length papers were published on top international journals, including Journal of Biomechanics, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, Royal Society of Interface, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, etc.
Fellowships and Previous Grants
Upon the completion of PhD in 2015, Junning received his first PI fellowship founded by the German Research Council (DFG) through Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), to investigate the mechanical loading effects on the bone modelling and cell (osteocyte) network architecture variation by combining confocal laser scanning microscopy and finite element modelling.
A year later, Junning received his second PI fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to investigate the osteocyte architecture and mineralized extracellular matrix around a fluid-rich soft tissue joint at the calvaria suture, a typical soft-hard tissue interface. This work was hosted by the Department of Biomaterials in Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPIKG). In the meantime, Junning was also awarded as a CoI in a Fostering Joint International Research Grant from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), with his collaborators from Tohoku University there.
Soon after Junning started his lectureship in UoE in September 2017, he was awarded with Outward Mobility Academic Fellowship from the University, to visit one of his current research collaboration group in University of British Columbia (UBC) for experiment work and future grant application.
OATech+ Network Biomechanics Pump-Priming Fund £10k
EPSRC DTP £77k
Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply for their PhD with Dr. Junning Chen, and available funding opportunities can be found through the University Funding Database or through their individual national funding agencies, such as Chinese CSC Scholarship (Programme ID 200153).
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