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Fay Manning



Telephone: 01392 727467

Extension: (Streatham) 7467


Fay completed her BSc Hons and MSc degrees at Manchester Metropolitan University in Exercise and Sports Science, with research projects in 'The effect of low-concentration EDTA on bone mechanics' and 'Understanding impact and stress fractures in healthy v. osteoporotic bone'.  

Now working on her PhD under Prof. Peter Winlove and Dr Jude Meakin within the Biomedical Physics Group at Exeter, she studies the structure and function of the vertebral endplate and its role in the physiology and pathology of degenerative spinal disorders. Employing recent advances in microscopy of living tissues combined with mechanical measures she hopes to improve understanding of the normal and pathological endplate and relate differences in structure and function to clinical pathology.  This PhD is funded by Orthopaedic Research UK (Ref: 524).



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  • 2016 - Pres     Doctor of Philosophy in Physics (PhD) - University of Exeter
  • 2014 - 2015     Master of Science (MSc) - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2011 - 2014     Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) - Manchester Metropolitan University


Conferences and Invited Talks

  • "Micromechanics of the Cartilage Endplate under Compression" - (E-Poster) EuroSpine, Barcelona  (15/09/2018 - 19/09/2018)
  • "The Endplate, Structure and Mineralisation" - (Travel Fellowship Report) BritSpine, Leeds  (23/03/2018)
  • "The Endplate, Defenition and Structure" - (Podium Presentation) Back 2 back Annual Meeting, Oswestry  (16/01/2018)
  • "Novel Imaging Techniques gives New Insight into the Structure of Vertebral Endplates" - (Invited Talk) Manchester Metropolitan University, RKE Cheshire  (10/05/2017)
  • "Insight into Vertebral Endplates" - (Invited Talk) Imperial College London, MSk Lab (26/04/2017)
  • "Application of Novel Imaging Techniques gives New Insight into the Structure of Vertebral Endplates" - (Podium Presentation) The Society of Back Pain Research, UK Conference (04/11/2016)
  • "Insight into Vertebral Endplate Structure Through the application of Novel Imaging Techniques" - (Podium Presentation) Bath University Biomechanics and Regenerative Medicine Symposium (12/09/2016) 



  • £450 - "Society of Back Pain Research- Conference Bursary" (Awarded Augost 2018)
  • £3,840 - "Society of Back Pain Research- Research Travel Fellowship" - for an 8-week collaborative research project at the Department of Chemical and Material Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand (Awarded Jan 2017)


Contributions to the Community

  • Shut Up and Write, Session Facilitator - Running writing session for post-graduate students following the Pomodoro technique.   (2018-present)
  • Doctoral College International Women's Day, Organisation team member - Organising and running events which showcased the intrinsically valuable women in the research-community and engage in the global progress towards gender equality.   (Thursday 8th 2018)
  • UoE Women In Physics, Co-chair - Organising and running events for those who identify as women in the physics department. Aiming to create a welcoming community and provide workshops and tools to promote positive academic experience.   (2017-present)
  • Brilliant Club, PhD Tutor - Tutorial delivery in schools, aiming to widen access to highly selective Universities  (Autumn Term, 2016)
  • BioPhysics Outreach - Primary, Secondary and potential student outreach and engagement  ( 2016-present)



  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  (2016-present)
  • Member of the Society of Back Pain Research (2016-present)