Imperial College London

Dr Mazdak Ghajari

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 9236m.ghajari Website




Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am interested in understanding the effects of mechanical forces on human body and designing systems that can enhance this interaction. I lead a group of researchers at the HEAD lab. Our current focus is biomechanics of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and designing advanced protective devices. For this research, we use advanced computational techniques and design tools and collaborate with neurologists and neurosurgeons at Imperial Neurotrauma Centre. This work will improve head protection systems and treatment, leading to a reduction in death and disability after TBI.

If you are are interested in doing a PhD in my group, please send me an email.

My areas of interest are:

  • Biomechanics
  • Computational mechanics
  • Energy absorbing materials
  • Safety standards

My key publications in these areas are: Brain, Peridynamics, Oblique impacts.


  • Imperial College Research Fellowship, 2013
  • Young Researcher Award of the International Research Council of Biomechanics of Injury in 2009 for my work on helmet standards
  • Best presentation award of the Dementia Research Symposium, 2017

Industrial collaborations

I have consulted on a number of industrial projects. I currently work with Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and St Mary's Major Trauma Centre on a research project related to TBI in road traffic collisions, co-funded by EPSRC CDT in Neurotechnology.

Other roles

  • Member of the ISO head protection committee (CEN/TC158-WG11)
  • Member of the BSI head protection committee (BSI-P/H6)
  • Member of the management committee of the COST Action TU1407
  • Chartered engineer (CEng) and member of IMechE
  • Fellow of Higher Educational Academy (FHEA)



I lead two modules in our MEng Design Engineering programme, Mechanics and Finite Element Analysis. I designed both modules in a way to enhance student engagement, a key contributor to deep learning. The labs that I designed for these modules have been highly rated by students: the catapult lab and the water tower lab.


My other departmental roles include:



Ji S, Ghajari M, Mao H, et al., 2022, Use of Brain Biomechanical Models for Monitoring Impact Exposure in Contact Sports, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, ISSN:0090-6964

Yu X, Nguyen T, Wu T, et al., 2022, Non-lethal blasts can generate cavitation in cerebrospinal fluid while severe helmeted impacts cannot: a novel mechanism for blast brain injury, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Vol:10, ISSN:2296-4185

Abayazid FF, Carpanen D, Ghajari M, 2022, New viscoelastic circular cell honeycombs for controlling shear and compressive responses in oblique impacts, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Vol:222, ISSN:0020-7403

Duckworth H, Azor A, Wischmann N, et al., 2022, A finite element model of cerebral vascular injury for predicting microbleeds location, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Vol:10, ISSN:2296-4185

He L, Maiolino P, Leong F, et al., 2022, Robotic simulators for tissue examination training with multimodal sensory feedback, Ieee Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, ISSN:1941-1189

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