Imperial College London

Dr Nicolas Newell

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering




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Nic focuses his research in the area of spine biomechanics. He graduated with an MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Durham University in 2009. He finished his PhD in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 2013 before moving to Queensland University of Technology for a postdoc (2013-2015) and returning to Imperial for a second postdoc in the Department of Bioengineering (2015-2018). He started an Imperial College Research Fellowship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2018 and became a Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering in 2021.



Raftery K, Rahman T, Smith N, et al., 2024, The role of the nucleus pulposus in intervertebral disc recovery: towards improved specifications for nucleus replacement devices, Journal of Biomechanics, ISSN:0021-9290

Tavana S, Shek C, Rahman T, et al., 2024, The influence of geometry on intervertebral disc stiffness, Journal of Biomechanics, Vol:163, ISSN:0021-9290

Rahman T, Tavana S, Nicoleta B, et al., 2023, Quantifying internal intervertebral disc strains to assess nucleus replacement device designs: a digital volume correlation and ultrahigh-resolution MRI study, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Vol:11, ISSN:2296-4185

Tavana S, Clark JN, Hong CC, et al., 2023, In vivo evaluation of ankle kinematics and tibiotalar joint contact strains using digital volume correlation and 3 T clinical MRI, Clinical Biomechanics, Vol:107, ISSN:0268-0033

Tavana S, Davis B, Canali I, et al., 2023, A novel tool to quantify in vivo lumbar spine kinematics and 3D intervertebral disc strains using clinical MRI, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Vol:140, ISSN:1751-6161, Pages:1-12

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